Chris Janson

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Chris Janson
Born c. 1986 (age 28–29)
Perryville, Missouri, U.S.
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, harmonica
Years active 2009–present
Labels BNA, Bigger Picture Music Group, Warner Bros. Nashville
Associated acts Tim McGraw, Lee Brice, Justin Moore

Chris Janson (born c. 1986) is an American country music singer. He has charted on the Billboard country singles charts, and has written songs for Tim McGraw and Justin Moore.

Biography[edit]

Chris Janson began collaborating as a songwriter at 19 years of age with Guns N' Roses to Dean Dillon.

He signed to BNA Records in October 2009[1] and released his debut single, "'Til a Woman Comes Along," in April 2010. Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the single a five-star rating, with his review praising Janson's vocals as well as the arrangement.[2] The song debuted at No. 56 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week ending May 1, 2010.[3]

After BNA was re-structured, Janson left the label. He co-wrote Tim McGraw's 2012 single "Truck Yeah",[4] played harmonica on Lee Brice's album Hard 2 Love,[5] and wrote the title track to Justin Moore's 2013 album Off the Beaten Path. Janson has also had additional songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Randy Houser, Joe Nichols, Parmalee, Frankie Ballard, Tyler Farr, Jerrod Niemann, Craig Campbell, JB and the Moonshine Band and LoCash.

He signed with Bigger Picture Music Group and began working with producer Keith Stegall, who is best known for his work with Alan Jackson and the Zac Brown Band. Janson's upcoming album will feature songs entirely co-written by him. His first release for Bigger Picture, "Better I Don't", entered the charts in February 2013. Alanna Conaway of American Songwriter said that the song "is a well-written, clever ditty that could have you singing along well before the chorus rolls around. The lyrics detail a handful of real-life experiences where he felt being truthful about the situation was probably not a good idea."[6] Janson wrote the song with his wife, Kelly, and Pat Bunch.[7] "Better I Don't" peaked at number 40 on Country Airplay in mid 2013.

Janson self-released the single "Buy Me a Boat" in early 2015. The song debuted at number 33 on Hot Country Songs after it received airplay on the Bobby Bones Show.[8] It was officially released as a single via Warner Bros. Records Nashville in May 2015.[9]

Personal life[edit]

"Holding Her", a live show favorite and co-write with James Otto, tells the personal story of how Janson met his wife and the birth of their daughter. Chris is an avid bow hunter and outdoorsman.

Musical stylings[edit]

Nashville Gab wrote that "He is explosive on stage and completely unpredictable. I compare his live set to a wild horse, it's not meant to be tamed. He brings a blue-collar, redneck edge to every show that seems to be lacking in country music these days. Chris Janson is the future of country music..."[10]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US Country US
Heat
Chris Janson 47 27
Take It to the Bank[11]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US Country Airplay US
2010 "'Til a Woman Comes Along" 52 Take It to the Bank
2013 "Better I Don't" 40 Chris Janson
"Cut Me Some Slack" 60
2015 "Buy Me a Boat"A 29 27 120 TBD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

A Current single.

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "'Til a Woman Comes Along" Chris Hicky
2013 "Better I Don't"[12] Wes Edwards

References[edit]

  1. ^ Skates, Sarah (22 October 2009). "BNA signs Chris Janson". Music Row. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Bjorke, Matt (1 April 2010). "Chris Janson — "'Til a Woman Comes Along"". Roughstock. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chart Highlights". Billboard. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  4. ^ http://tasteofcountry.com/tim-mcgraw-truck-yeah-lyrics/
  5. ^ http://biggerpicturegroup.com/updates/news/chris-janson-teams-keith-stegall-album-bigger-picture-group-152
  6. ^ http://www.americansongwriter.com/2013/01/track-review-chris-janson-better-i-dont/
  7. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/1558429/615-spotlight-chris-jansons-better-i-dont-follows-tim-mcgraw
  8. ^ http://www.billboard.com/files/pdfs/bcu_mw_0326.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/files//pdfs/country_update_0511.pdf
  10. ^ http://www.nashvillegab.com/2013/08/chris-janson-says-cut-me-some-slack.html
  11. ^ Parker, Eric T. (February 21, 2014). "Columbia Nashville To Release Chris Janson EP". MusicRow. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris Janson : Better I Don't". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 

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