Chris Janson

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Chris Janson
Chris Janson in 2019
Chris Janson in 2019
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Pierre Janson
Born (1986-04-02) April 2, 1986 (age 34)[1][2]
Perryville, Missouri, U.S.
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • harmonica
  • guitar
  • bass
  • piano
  • banjo
  • drums
Years active2009–present
Labels

Christopher Pierre Janson (born April 2, 1986) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Janson has recorded three full-length albums, Buy Me a Boat, Everybody, and Real Friends, through Warner Bros. Records Nashville, along with one extended play each for Bigger Picture Music Group, Columbia Records, and Warner Bros. Nashville. He has charted nine singles on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, with four top ten hits on the latter in "Buy Me a Boat", "Fix a Drink", "Drunk Girl", and "Good Vibes". In addition to his material, Janson has performed on albums by Holly Williams and Lee Brice and has co-written singles for Tim McGraw, LoCash, and Randy Houser.

Musical career[edit]

Janson was born on 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 restructured, Janson left the label.[2] He co-wrote Tim McGraw's 2012 single "Truck Yeah,"[7] played harmonica on the track "Beer" from Lee Brice's album Hard 2 Love,[8] and wrote the title track to Justin Moore's 2013 album Off the Beaten Path.

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.

Chris Janson in 2017

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 also includes the singles "Power of Positive Drinkin'" and "Holdin' Her". 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]

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.

On February 6, 2018, during his first, sold-out headlining show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, country star Keith Urban invited Janson to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.

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]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
Sales
US Country
[19]
US
[20]
Buy Me a Boat 4 18
Everybody
  • Release date: September 22, 2017
  • Label: Warner Bros.
7 53
Real Friends
  • Release date: October 18, 2019
  • Label: Warner Bros.
12 110

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
Sales
US Country
[19]
US
Heat

[24]
Chris Janson 47 27
Take It to the Bank
The Fix a Drink EP
  • Release date: June 9, 2017
  • Label: Warner Bros. Nashville
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Sales Album
US Country
[27]
US Country Airplay
[28]
US
[29]
CAN Country
[30]
CAN
[31]
2010 "'Til a Woman Comes Along" 52 52 Take It to the Bank
2013 "Better I Don't" 40 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] 49
2017 "Fix a Drink" 10 2 67 4 Everybody
"Drunk Girl" 12 7 79 25
2019 "Good Vibes" 8 1 48 1 Real Friends
"Done" 8 1 41 3 84
2020 "Waitin' on 5"[43] 50
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country Airplay
[44]
2020 "It Is Christmas" 41

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "'Til a Woman Comes Along"[45] Chris Hicky
"Let Me Tell Ya the Story"[46] N/A
2013 "Better I Don't"[47] Wes Edwards
2015 "Buy Me a Boat"[48] P. R. Brown
2016 "Power of Positive Drinkin'"[49] Michael Monaco
"Holdin' Her" Edgar Esteves
2017 "Fix a Drink" Michael Monaco
"Redneck Life"[50]
"Drunk Girl: (acoustic live video) Alex Chaloff
2018 "Drunk Girl"[51] Jeff Venable
"It Is Christmas"[52] Justin Key
2019 "Good Vibes" Michael Monaco
"Done" Jim Shea

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Holdin' Her" did not enter the US Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 15 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[35]

References[edit]

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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. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Chart Highlights". Billboard. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Tim McGraw, 'Truck Yeah' – Lyrics Uncovered". Tasteofcountry.com. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2012-11-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-06. Retrieved 2015-08-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Billboard (2013-04-17). "615 Spotlight: Chris Janson's 'Better I Don't' Follows Tim McGraw Success". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2015-05-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2015-05-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Chris Janson on Long Path to New 'Buy Me a Boat' Album". Rolling Stone Country. September 15, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  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.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2015-08-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  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 Chart History – Top Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  20. ^ "Chris Janson Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  21. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 5, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: March 6, 2017". Roughstock.
  22. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 7, 2019). "Top 10 Country Albums: January 7, 2019". Roughstock. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  23. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 10, 2020). "Top 10 Country Albums Pure Sales Chart: March 9, 2020". RoughStock. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
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  25. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. Archived from the original on October 17, 2015.
  26. ^ Bjorke, Matt (June 19, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: June 19, 2017". Roughstock.
  27. ^ "Chris Janson Chart History – Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  28. ^ "Chris Janson Chart History – Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  29. ^ "Chris Janson Chart History – Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  30. ^ "Chris Janson Chart History – Canada Country". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  31. ^ "Chris Janson Chart History – Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
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  33. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Chris Janson – Buy Me a Boat". Music Canada.
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  35. ^ "Chris Janson Chart History – Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  36. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 22, 2017). "Top 30 Digital Single Sales Chart: March 22, 2017". Roughstock.
  37. ^ "American single certifications – Chris Janson – Fix a Drink". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  38. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 15, 2017). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: November 14, 2017". Roughstock.
  39. ^ "American single certifications – Chris Janson – Drunk Girl". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  40. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 13, 2018). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: November 13, 2018". RoughStock. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  41. ^ "American single certifications – Chris Janson – Good Vibes". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  42. ^ Bjorke, Matt (December 8, 2019). "Top 30 Digital Country Tracks - Pure Sales: December 9, 2019". Rough Stock. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  43. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". AllAccess. Archived from the original on September 14, 2020. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
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  46. ^ "Let Me Tell Ya the Story – Chris Janson – Vevo". Vevo. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  47. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris Janson : Better I Don't". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  48. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris Janson : Buy Me A Boat". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  49. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris Janson : Power of Positive Drinkin'". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  50. ^ ": Chris Janson Embraces His "Redneck Life"". Country Fan Cast. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  51. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris Janson : It is Christmas". Country Music Television. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  52. ^ "CMT : Chris Janson : It is Christmas". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 23, 2018.

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