Chris Janson

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Chris Janson
Born (1986-04-02) April 2, 1986 (age 31)[1][2]
Perryville, Missouri, US
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, US
Genres Country
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • harmonica
  • guitar
  • bass
  • piano
  • banjo
  • drums
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts

Chris Janson (born April 2, 1986) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has written singles for Tim McGraw among others, and has played harmonica for Lee Brice. Janson has also recorded a full-length album, Buy Me a Boat, through Warner Bros. Records Nashville. The album's title track was a Top 5 hit on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, and No. 1 on the country music charts published by Mediabase, in late 2015. Besides this album, Janson has released one extended play each for Bigger Picture Music Group and Columbia Records.

Musical career[edit]

Janson was born April 2, 1986 in Perryville, Missouri. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee after finishing high school.[2]

In June 2009, Janson co-wrote and recorded two duets with Holly Williams on her album Here with Me: "I Hold On" and "A Love I Think Will Last".[3] Janson signed to BNA Records in October 2009[4] 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.[5] The song debuted at No. 56 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week ending May 1, 2010.[6]

After BNA was re-structured, Janson left the label.[2] He co-wrote Tim McGraw's 2012 single "Truck Yeah",[7] played harmonica on Lee Brice's album Hard 2 Love,[8] and wrote the title track to Justin Moore's 2013 album Off the Beaten Path. Janson has also had additional songs recorded by Hank Williams, Jr., Tim McGraw, Randy Houser, Joe Nichols, Parmalee, Frankie Ballard, Tyler Farr, Jerrod Niemann, Craig Campbell, JB and the Moonshine Band, and LoCash.

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.

Janson self-released the single "Buy Me a Boat" in early 2015. The song debuted at No. 33 on Hot Country Songs after it received airplay on the Bobby Bones Show.[2][11] It was officially released as a single via Warner Bros. Records Nashville in May 2015,[12] and became Janson's first top 5 hit by August. In September, Janson announced that his debut studio album, also titled Buy Me a Boat, would be released on October 30.[13] "Buy Me a Boat" peaked at No. 3 on Country Airplay, and No. 1 on Mediabase.[14] The album's second single is "Power of Positive Drinkin'". Also in 2015, Janson co-wrote LoCash's "I Love This Life".[15] Also in 2016, Janson co-wrote Randy Houser's "Song Number 7".

Janson performed on the third day of the 2016 Republican National Convention.[16]

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..."[17]

Personal life[edit]

Chris Janson is married to Kelly Lynn.[1] They have four children, two of whom are from Lynn's previous marriage .[18]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
US Country
Buy Me a Boat 4 18

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
US Country

Chris Janson 47 27
Take It to the Bank
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Sales Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
2010 "'Til a Woman Comes Along" 52 52 Take It to the Bank
2013 "Better I Don't" 40[29] Chris Janson
"Cut Me Some Slack" 60
2015 "Buy Me a Boat" 2 3 41 2 50 Buy Me a Boat
"Power of Positive Drinkin'" 46 35 49
2016 "Holdin' Her" 25 20 [A]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ACurrent single

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Single
2013 "Tomahawk"
2014 "Hang On"
2015 "Outlaw Ways"

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "'Til a Woman Comes Along"[35] Chris Hicky
"Let Me Tell Ya the Story"[36] N/A
2013 "Better I Don't"[37] Wes Edwards
2015 "Buy Me a Boat"[38] P. R. Brown
2016 "Power of Positive Drinkin'"[39] Michael Monaco
"Holdin' Her" Edgar Esteves


  1. ^ "Holdin' Her" did not enter the US Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 15 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[33]


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  2. ^ a b c d e Leggett, Steve. "Chris Janson biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Here with Me". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Skates, Sarah (22 October 2009). "BNA signs Chris Janson". MusicRow. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Bjorke, Matt (1 April 2010). "Chris Janson — "'Til a Woman Comes Along"". Roughstock. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Chart Highlights". Billboard. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
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  14. ^ "Mediabase September 20, 2015". Mediabase. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  15. ^ Bjorke, Matt (22 October 2015). "LOCASH "I Love This Life" EP Review". Roughstock. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "WATCH | Chris Janson on stage at the Republican National Convention". WKYC. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
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  18. ^ Vinson, Christina (20 March 2014). "Chris Janson and Wife Welcome Baby Boy". Taste of Country. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "Chris Janson Album & Song Chart History - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  20. ^ "Chris Janson Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  21. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 5, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: March 6, 2017". Roughstock. 
  22. ^ "Chris Janson Album & Song Chart History - Heatseeker Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  23. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on October 17, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Chris Janson Album & Song Chart History - Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  25. ^ "Chris Janson Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  26. ^ "Chris Janson Album & Song Chart History - The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  27. ^ "Chris Janson Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  28. ^ "Chris Janson awards and charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  29. ^ "Billboard Country Update" (PDF). Billboard. June 10, 2013. p. 12. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  30. ^ "American single certifications – Chris Janson – Buy Me a Boat". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  31. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Chris Janson – Buy Me a Boat". Music Canada. 
  32. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 28, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Sales Report: November 28, 2016". Roughstock. 
  33. ^ "Chris Janson – Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  34. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 22, 2017). "Top 30 Digital Single Sales Chart: March 22, 2017". Roughstock. 
  35. ^ "'Til A Woman Comes Along - Chris Janson - Vevo". Vevo. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  36. ^ "Let Me Tell Ya the Story - Chris Janson - Vevo". Vevo. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  37. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris Janson : Better I Don't". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  38. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris Janson : Buy Me A Boat". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  39. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris Janson : Power of Positive Drinkin'". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 

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