Blake Shelton Appears On Chris Janson’s New Album, ‘Real Friends’

Chris JansonFrom those with whom he creates music to those who listen, Chris Janson holds his real friends close to his heart – and so he made a brand new, true-to-himself album with them in mind. 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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Grand Ole Opry member Chris Janson was set to play the Ryman on Wednesday, making a triumph return to one of Nashville’s most famous stages.

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.

Janson was speaking with me for the July episode of my podcast, Write You a Song. He said McGraw reached out to him about writing a song and suggested something that was a cross between Don Williams and Keith Whitley.


The youngest living member of the Grand Ole Opry, Janson has filled the charts with platinum-selling hits, including “Fix A Drink,” “Buy Me A Boat,” and “Drunk Girl.” Now on the heels of his second album, Everybody, he’s taken to the road and our own Pend Oreille Pavilion to share his explosive stage presence. Don’t miss this sole Spokane, WA tour stop.

Janson’s second album for Warner Bros., Everybody , was released in September 2017. Its lead single is ” Fix a Drink “, which was followed in 2018 by ” Drunk Girl “. ” Good Vibes ” followed in 2019.

With his latest batch of songs, Janson values the power of friendship and appreciates the relationship he has with his fans more than ever. At a fan club party during CMA Fest 2019, the singer says he realized that his listeners are connecting even more deeply to his new material.

When Chris Janson shot the album cover for his new release Real Friends, out Friday, he went full high-class hillbilly: reclining in a silver-dollar-studded 1964 Pontiac Bonneville that was once owned by Hank Williams Jr. and now resides in the garage of Kid Rock, who loaned it out to the Drunk Girl” singer for the photo session.

Janson’s new album will be released via Warner Music Nashville. The singer’s previous two major-label full-length offerings were also released on the same record label.

Janson’s tour with Chris Young and LoCash wraps this weekend with three shows in Florida, but he’ll play six more before the end of the month and stay busy through October when his new Real Friends album drops. The Real Friends Tour stretches west before resetting for a few shows along the east coast and in the midwest.

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.

Moving to Nashville was a bold move. Raised in a hardworking, blue collar society, everyone from Janson’s hometown went straight to work after high school, but his dream would take something more. He showed up to the big city with whatever he could pack in his green Monte Carlo and began the job hunt.

Chris Janson’s is one of the highest-energy performers in country music. He plays guitar, piano and harmonica during his set and is in constant motion on the stage. Fans will thoroughly enjoy Chris Janson’s concerts and can expect the duration of concerts to last from 60 to 90 minutes.

While Janson’s original version appears on the Real Friends physical release, the Offset feature is only available online. Janson says that was by design.

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In addition to Good Vibes,” Chris has dropped two more songs from the upcoming album: Waitin’ On 5” and, most recently, Say About Me.” Currently, Chris is on the road with Chris Young as part of his Raised On Country Tour.

The always-energetic Chris Janson dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Aug. 7 to perform his good-timin’ new single, Good Vibes,” and show off the cover art to his upcoming album, Real Friends.

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.

Chris Janson Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry On March 20, 2018, Garth Brooks surprised Chris Janson on stage to formally induct him into the Grand Ole Opry as an official member of the family. Watch and listen to Garth’s heartwarming speech about what the Opry has meant to him over the years as he gives Chris Janson his official Opry member mic stand.

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 & Keith Urban “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” Opry members Keith Urban and Chris Janson perfom John Michael Montgomery’s hit “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” live on the Opry stage. Keith Urban would return to formally invite Chris Janson to join the Opry family.

Janson is on tour this fall and is excited about performing songs from the new record. He admits when it comes to fancy production, he’d rather keep it simple like his musical heroes.

Janson will continue to deliver new tracks to fans leading up to the release of Real Freinds. The tracks Say About Me ” and Waitin’ On 5 ” are available now.

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.

But now, coming off the career-defining success of his Platinum certified get-rich smash Buy Me a Boat” and its Top 5 album of the same name, Janson’s turning his creativity loose. And with Everybody, he combines all the elements that make him unique, once and for all.

Chris Janson – “Holdin’ Her” Chris Janson joins the Opry backstage to share the story behind his favorite song “Holdin’ Her,” a song written about his wife when he first met her. The song was co-written with James Otto and peaked at number 25 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

While working to build his music career playing shows in Nashville and around the Southeast, Janson began to cross paths with Roland on a regular basis. When he found out she worked at a record label in town, he promptly booked a meeting with her to pitch some of his songs.

Not simply the leader in chart points, Good Vibes” ranks as the Mediabase country panel’s most played and heard song for the October 13-19 tracking period. It received ~8,713 spins (+961) and ~53.15 million audience impressions.



Born in Perryville, Missouri, Chris Janson is a country music singer and songwriter from Nashville. Janson released two EPs before signing with Warner Brothers Records in 2015. His first album with Warner Brothers, Buy Me a Boat, peaked at No. 4 on the US country charts in late 2015. The album produced three charting singles, including the 2x certified platinum “Buy Me a Boat” which peaked at No. 2 on the US country and Canadian country charts. In 2017, Janson released Everybody which peaked at No. 7 on the US country charts. Singles from the album, “Fix a Drink” and “Drunk Girl,” were both Top 10, certified Gold hits. “Buy Me a Boat” won iHeartRadio’s Country Song of the Year award in 2016, and the video “Drunk Girl” won the ACMA for video of the year in 2019. A veteran of iconic country festivals such as Faster Horses and Stagecoach , Janson has also toured with Chris Young , Jake Owen, Sam Hunt and Luke Bryan.

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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’.

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.

The first single off of Real Friends, ” Good Vibes ,” came out in February. The singer co-wrote the track with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, and he says that it’s a fitting introduction to what promises to be an especially uplifting album. A message of optimism and positivity, the song also speaks to Janson’s personal mantra.

Twelve new tracks show off the contrasting shades of Janson’s world. Both a restless ball of energy and a dedicated husband and father, his new tunes bound between jacked-up enthusiasm and heartfelt tenderness. Rafter-shaking electric guitars weave in and out of twangy, pure-country vocals, while homespun hooks and acoustic melodies bring soaring themes of love, life, and legacy down to earth.

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