Voices (Chris Young song)

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"Voices"
Single by Chris Young
from the album The Man I Want to Be
Released May 12, 2008 (2008-05-12)
July 19, 2010 (2010-07-19) (re-release)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:06
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Chris Tompkins
Craig Wiseman
Chris Young
Producer(s) James Stroud
Certification Gold (RIAA)[1]
Chris Young singles chronology
"You're Gonna Love Me"
(2007)
"Voices"
(2008)
"Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)"
(2009)
Chris Young (2010) chronology
"The Man I Want to Be"
(2009)
"Voices"
(2010)
"Tomorrow"
(2011)

"Voices" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Chris Young. After charting in mid-2008 on the Hot Country Songs charts, "Voices" was re-released in July 2010 following Young's first two Number one singles, "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)" and "The Man I Want to Be." The song is included on his album The Man I Want to Be, as well as a digital extended play of the same title. "Voices" became Young's third-consecutive Number One hit for the chart week ending February 19, 2011. The song spent 20 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart during its first run plus 31 more weeks in its second run during its rise to #1. The song was written by Young, Chris Tompkins and Craig Wiseman.

History[edit]

At the 2008 CMA Music Fest, Young offered fans the opportunity to make personal recordings of dedications to special people in their lives. These fans received e-mails containing the song and the dedications.[2]

Young told The Boot that he wanted to re-release it because it was popular with his fans. It was accompanied by a digital extended play of the same title, comprising that song and three cover songs,[3] "to share with fans some of the musical voices that helped make me the man I am today."[4]

Music video[edit]

He has also recorded a music video for the song, directed by David McClister. The video includes members of his family.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin J. Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B+ upon its original release, saying that Young's voice "is warm and sincere, and on the subject of voices" but criticizing the hook of the line "I hear voices all the time."[6]

Chart performance[edit]

"Voices" first charted in early 2008, before the release of his first Number One, "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)."[5] It spent twenty weeks on Hot Country Songs and peaked at number 37.[7] Upon its 2010 re-release, it debuted at number 56 for the chart week ending July 24, 2010. It also debuted at number 89 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of November 20, 2010. It also debuted at 86 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of March 12, 2011.

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 37
Chart (2010–2011) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 53
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 86

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 35

Certifications[edit]

Country Certifications
United States Gold[12]
Preceded by
"Somewhere with You"
by Kenny Chesney
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

February 19, 2011
Succeeded by
"Someone Else Calling You Baby"
by Luke Bryan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American single certifications – Chris Young – Voices". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  2. ^ "Chris Young reaches fans with "Voices"". Country Standard Time. June 18, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ Evans-Price, Deborah (June 9, 2010). "Chris Young Is Hearing 'Voices' Again". The Boot. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chris Young pays tribute on EP". Country Standard Time. May 20, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Conaway, Alanna (June 16, 2010). "Chris Young's New Video Is a Family Affair". The Boot. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (May 25, 2008). "Chris Young — "Voices"". Country Universe. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 483. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  8. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Chris Young. Retrieved 2010-9-21.
  9. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Chris Young. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  10. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Chris Young. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
  11. ^ "Best of 2011: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?content_selector=gold-platinum-searchable-database

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