After being crowned the winner of the Nashville Star reality singing competition in 2006, Chris Young quickly rose to widespread country music fame – especially with the release of his single in 2009. He continued his successful career with a steady stream of hits that showcase his gorgeous baritone with a powerful, gritty twang.
Now, after a decade and a half in the business, how well do you know Chris Young? Well, don’t worry because we have prepared some exciting facts for you! Keep scrolling below.
1. He is originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Born Christopher Alan Young on June 12, 1985, the singer grew up just 30 minutes from Nashville. His grandfather was a performer on the country music radio and television show Louisiana Hayride – which helped launch the careers of various artists – and was a strong influence on him. This heightened his interest in music from an early age.
2. He was a musical theater star.
His stage career began at the age of six as one of the locals in Jack and the Beanstalk. Since then, he has scored different lead roles in musicals. Besides performing in theater productions, he also sang in the high school choir and performed in different local clubs.
3. As a child, he wanted to be a lawyer or an astronaut.
We may never have heard of Chris Young’s songs had he pursued his early dream of becoming a lawyer. But the singer revealed he also wanted to be an astronaut when he was much younger. But his love for music has always been greater.
4. He had a near death experience.
In 2013, Young suddenly fell ill with a small cut on his leg that somehow became infected. He was already starting to feel sick – however, it was due to happen later in the day. So he hopped on his plane to fulfill his duties. Unfortunately, he suffered septic shock mid-flight, which sent him to intensive care.
5. He is a huge fan of the Texas Longhorns football team.
While born and raised in Tennessee, Young revealed that he supported the Texas Longhorns – although he constantly got into trouble about it. He added that he had never been a fan of the Tennessee Vols. Well, Young clarified that he had nothing against the team, it’s just that his “cousins were right on top of them all the time growing up.”
6. Her dog is a social media star.
Young’s dog, Porter, is not only a big part of his life, but the German Shepherd has captured an ever-growing number of fan hearts and is now a canine celebrity with nearly 80,000 followers on Instagram. Porter was a Christmas present to Young from his sister, Dorothy. It takes its name from Dolly Parton’s longtime partner, Porter Wagoner.
Well, Chris Young is definitely quite an interesting guy. After all, he went from a Nashville Star champion to a true Nashville star pretty quickly.