This morning here at WBKR, we are giving off some “Good Vibes!” Country music star Chris Janson is coming to town next year. Superstars have turned into believers, with Keith Urban and Vince Gill calling Janson his pick for Entertainer of the Year and artists as diverse as Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., Justin Moore, LoCash and many others recording his songs.
In addition to Good Vibes,” Chris has dropped two more songs from the upcoming album: Waitin’ On 5” and, most recently, Say About Me,” which you can listen to below. Currently, Chris is on the road with Chris Young as part of his Raised On Country Tour.
Now officially a Grand Ole Opry member, Janson is returning to the stage with more confidence, and more music, and he spoke to NewsChannel 5’s Jesse Knutson about being back at the Mother Church of Country Music.
The band known for playing every note on every album recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary, has sold more than 10 million albums, won a Grammy Award, a Dove Award, six Vocal Group of the Year wins (CMA and ACM), released two Greatest Hit albums, a live and Christmas project, earned five multi-week no. 1 singles, 22 Top 10 singles, three certified Platinum and five gold albums, released an autobiography and with zero band member changes. Known for their charity commitments including long-time spokespersons for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the band has raised over $1,000,000.00 for non-profits and received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award.
Chris Janson then wrote a song with his wife which was produced by Keith Stegall and Pat Bunch. In mid-2013, his single ‘Better I Don’t’ peak at number 40.
This year’s 10th Annual CMT Artists of the Year special highlights the entire year of country music, and honors this year’s artists: Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett.
Since joining UNF in 2007, Dr. Janson has been working with other faculty in UNF’s SOAR (Supporters of Academic Rigor) School Counseling Program to build a program that trains its students within the context of urban schools. Dr. Janson teaches two courses, Practicum in School Counseling and Internship in School Counseling, that involve collaborations with two of Duval County’s urban turnaround schools, Raines High School and Northwestern Middle School. Through his experiences teaching these community-based courses, Dr. Janson has realized the need for increased emphasis on deeper and more frequent reflective practices and new approaches for reflection that are more relevant for his students, especially in light of the challenges inherent in working in urban schools.
Born in Missouri, Janson was working as a songwriter as early as 18 years old, collaborating with the likes of Guns N’ Roses’ Bill Anderson and Holly Williams, granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr. After relocating to Nashville, he landed a year-long residency at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounger, where he caught the attention of Neil Young one night with a cover of Young classic “Cortez the Killer.” Releasing his self-titled debut album in 2013, Janson landed two singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, “Better I Don’t” and “Cut Me Some Slack,” but it was his unpredictable live performances that really turned heads. Following the early-2014 release of sophomore album Take It to the Bank, Janson hit the road for a highly anticipated tour in support of the record.
Since his induction, Janson has never failed to tell audiences how proud he is to be part of the Opry family and make sure every show is a memorable one. It’s part of why Grand Ole Opry announcer and WSM radio morning show host Bill Cody recently described Janson as perhaps one of the best entertainers in country music today.
It’s a near-perfect mirror of Janson’s personality – grinning and playful, but balanced by his own brand of down-home wisdom – and that’s what guided the whole project. Janson was determined to show what makes him tick.
In 2013, he signed to Bigger Picture Music Group and released ” Better I Don’t” 9 Janson wrote the song with his wife, Kelly, and Pat Bunch , 10 and Keith Stegall produced it. 2 “Better I Don’t” peaked at number 40 on Country Airplay in mid 2013. A second single, ” Cut Me Some Slack ,” peaked at number 60 before Bigger Picture closed in 2014. That same year, Columbia Records released Take It to the Bank , which included “Til a Woman Comes Along” and other songs that he had recorded while on BNA.
Despite the collaborative effort, however, it’s important to look back at Lil Nas X and Billboard’s controversial decision to pull him from its country charts. His viral hit Old Town Road” sat at No. 19 on the Hot Country Songs chart before being discreetly pulled by Billboard — a decision the company defended by proclaiming “Old Town Road” does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version,” despite country music being a derivative of black musicianship in the antebellum South. In true separatist fashion, the chart removal was an obvious ploy to detach X from a majority white space, though the history of country music is defined by black artists who allotted white musicians to cover their original material,” Vinyl, Me Please. wrote in a feature.
Chris Janson’s tour is currently throughout the US and Canada, and he is headlining his own shows and opening for the Chris Young’s Raised On Country tour. Tour stops include Ontario, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, South Dakota, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oregon, Idaho, Louisianna, Texas, Florida, Iowa, Indiana and Tennessee.
Real Friends the album — due Oct. 18 — features a collaboration with Blake Shelton on the title track and his Top 20 single “Good Vibes.” Janson helped write many of the songs and spoke with enthusiasm about the positive nature of his lyrics during an album preview event earlier this year.
Chris Janson with the Oak Ridge Boys backstage at the Opry, 2016. Keith Urban invites Chris Janson to join the Opry, 2018. After that meeting, Janson invited Roland over to his cabin for a songwriting session. That’s when they fell in love, right there on his porch swing.
In addition to his co-producers, notably Tommy Cecil as well as Brock Berryhill and Zach Crowell, Janson stacked the album with a strong assortment of real friends. His wife and manager Kelly Roland lent her pen as a songwriter, and fellow Grand Ole Opry member Blake Shelton jumped in with his vocals on the title track. He also made friendships along the way, with new faces contributing across the album.
Janson hugged Brooks, then through tears, thanked everyone, before telling the packed house he had two dreams when it came to music. One was getting his songs on the radio, the other was getting to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. As he tried to explain what it meant to actually become a member, he choked up, unable to finish.
The rollicking realist from Buy Me a Boat” shows back up in Fix a Drink,” the album’s first single and one of the fastest rising hit of his career. Frenzied early-arrivers to Sam Hunt’s 15 in a 30 Tour have already turned it into an anthemic live-show highlight, and a string of headlining dates this fall are sure to add to its reputation.
I saw Chris at the Silver Legacy in Reno last night. It was an amazing show. He really makes the whole audience feel like they’re part of the show. He winds you up with his enthusiasm, and really makes you consider how blessed we all are.
Garth Brooks inducts Chris Janson into the Opry family, 2018. Chris Janson put on a awesome show full of energy and great music. Keith Urban and Chris Janson on the Opry stage, 2018.
In his opening set for Chris Young, Janson plays 10 to 12 songs including his hits “Fix a Drink,” “Buy Me a Boat” and “Drunk Girl.” He almost always opens with the crowd favorite “Redneck Life” and plays several covers. Janson also often plays “I Love This Life,” the hit he wrote for LoCash.
Chris Janson is an American country singer and songwriter. While originally born and raised in Missouri, Janson knew that in order to fulfill his country music dreams, Nashville, TN was the place he needed to be. The summer after graduating high school, Janson packed up and moved to the city where country legends are born.
Both a crowd-pleasing fixture on the historic Grand Ole Opry and a viral hit maker, he’s been straddling the divide between country’s past and future. A self-taught multi-instrumental wizard; a red-hot fireball of a performer; and a gifted songwriter whose deep messages are often delivered with a clever, lighthearted smirk, those in the know recognize Janson as one of the genre’s most captivating total-package phenomenons.
Chris Janson gave a start to his career when he wrote and recorded duets with Holly Williams on June 2009. In 2009, he joined BNA Records. In April 2010, he released his debut single called ‘Til a Woman Comes Along’.
Janson’s confidence shines through with many of the songs on Real Friends, including a song called “Say About Me,” which chronicles how far Janson has come, from living in his car to having hit singles at radio.
Country music is one of the biggest genres in the world but let’s not forget how they treated Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” Apparently, in the country community, it’s okay for country artists to take elements of hip-hop but the second a rapper tries to do country, all hell breaks loose. The hypocrisy of the country music industry aside, country is beginning to see just how valuable hip-hop is to elevate their songs.
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The young artist is eager and ready to take those songs to fans across the country, and has spent the past year playing shows and building fans around his home state of Kentucky and across the Southeast. Watching him perform it’s easy to see shades of his idols, Luke Bryan,” in his rocking live show, and his dad” in the way he connects and emotes through a tender ballad. For Walker, connecting to each and every person and taking them along for the musical ride is the ultimate goal.
Show was ok. No opening act, which was fine. Show scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and started around 8:30 p.m. Not a bad thing. Took that long to get a drink. My biggest issue with the show was mainly all the talking. Chris Janson would play maybe two (2) songs and then go into some blah blah blah talking and that kind of killed the show for me. Definitely not the most entertaining concert I have seen. Probably would avoid seeing him again if given the opportunity and will just listen to his songs on the radio. Less commentary.
Chris Janson just dropped his third studio album, Real Friends, on Friday, Oct. 18. The 14-track record includes a collaboration with fellow Grand Ole Opry member, Blake Shelton , who appears with Janson on the title track.
Known for his high-energy shows where he moves non-stop from the guitar to the piano to the harmonica, then back again, it took Chris Janson almost a decade to get his first hit on country radio. Buy Me A Boat” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2015, followed by Fix A Drink,” which reached No. 2 in 2017. But it’s this year’s big hit, Drunk Girl,” with its positive message for young men that has changed everything for the Warner Brothers recording artist. It opened new doors and led to Country Music Association award nominations for Song of the Year, Music Video of the Year, and New Artist of the Year.