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Chris Janson

Artist Bio

In case you haven’t heard, Warner Music Nashville’s Chris Janson is not your typical country artist. He operates on a totally different wavelength, and with his second album, Everybody, we’re all getting tuned in!

Both a crowd-pleasing fixture on the historic Grand Ole Opry and a viral hit maker, he’s been straddling the divide between country’s past and future. A self-taught multi-instrumental wizard; a red-hot fireball of a performer; and a gifted songwriter whose deep messages are often delivered with a clever, lighthearted smirk, those in the know recognize Janson as one of the genre’s most captivating total-package phenomenons.

Superstars have turned into believers, with Keith Urban and Vince Gill calling Janson his pick for Entertainer of the Year and artists as diverse as Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., Justin Moore, LoCash and many others recording his songs.

But now, coming off the career-defining success of his Platinum certified get-rich smash “Buy Me a Boat” and its Top 5 album of the same name, Janson’s turning his creativity loose. And with Everybody, he combines all the elements that make him unique, once and for all.

“With this one you really get a sense of who I am,” he says, reclining into the wicker chair on his back porch where much of Everybody was written. “No one could ever question if it’s real or not, or if I’m really this guy. I lived all these songs, I wrote all these songs and they all come from an absolutely real place.”

Twelve new tracks show off the contrasting shades of Janson’s world. Both a restless ball of energy and a dedicated husband and father, his new tunes bound between jacked-up enthusiasm and heartfelt tenderness. Rafter-shaking electric guitars weave in and out of twangy, pure-country vocals, while homespun hooks and acoustic melodies bring soaring themes of love, life, and legacy down to earth.

Each song was co-written by the rising star himself, and then co-produced with a top-shelf team of Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois, Scott Hendricks and Craig Wiseman. And once it was finished he decided to name it Everybody, because that’s who it’s for.

“I don’t want to come off corny by saying ‘There’s a song for everybody,’ but there really is,” Janson explains. “I wanted to make it a diverse record. I didn’t want to be pigeon holed into one sound or approach, so I wrote a bunch of songs that each had their own individual style.”

The rollicking realist from “Buy Me a Boat” shows back up in “Fix a Drink,” the album’s first single and one of the fastest rising hit of his career. Frenzied early-arrivers to Sam Hunt’s 15 in a 30 Tour have already turned it into an anthemic live-show highlight, and a string of headlining dates this fall are sure to add to its reputation.

“Every day at my house or on the bus something stops working, or breaks down, and I don’t know how to fix a lot of it, so what do I do? Well, I can fix a drink.”

It’s a near-perfect mirror of Janson’s personality – grinning and playful, but balanced by his own brand of down-home wisdom – and that’s what guided the whole project. Janson was determined to show what makes him tick.

The title track “Everybody” includes a foot-stomping groove and a few more laughs inspired by society’s celebrity fixation, while “Redneck Life” puts the hammer down for a wild-eyed cocktail of punk and country the singer describes as “Social Distortion meets Waylon Jennings.” It offers the best glimpse yet into Janson’s harmonica wielding, 100-mph concerts.

The devoted family man from his Top 20 hit “Holdin’ Her” is revealed again by heart-melting slow jams like “Bein’ a Dad” (something he wouldn’t trade for the world), “Eyes for Nobody” (dedicated to his wife Kelly), and the deceptively-titled “Drunk Girl,” which despite its title is actually a stunning piano ballad about personal integrity.

“I believe you show respect to everybody, especially women. For me, ‘drunk girl’ goes to the heart of that.”

Meanwhile, “Name On It” claims a perfect night in the name of true love, sharing the feel of a romantic radio hit with “Little Bit of Both.” That one’s drenched in flirtatious fun and a strutting horn section – a career first that fits even better than he imagined.

“Our World” and “Who’s Your Farmer” show off his backwoods authenticity (he’s a lifelong outdoorsman), and “Out There” is filled with the unshakable optimism that steered “Buy Me a Boat,” bringing his second album full circle.

“I took the time to write what I wanted to, say what I wanted to, and just have fun,” he explains. “That’s the biggest difference. The Buy Me a Boat album was like trying to catch a wave, but when I started on this record I just felt at peace.”

In short, it’s the realization of a vision he’s been crafting since his childhood, and his most complete self-portrait yet.

“I love this record,” he says plainly. “I come from a dream-big lifestyle and made something out of nothing by working really hard, and I just hope people find happiness and a little bit of themselves in it. To me it’s one of those ‘I still can’t believe this is happening’ things.”

Fans, friends, critics and country-radio tastemakers alike have all seen this coming. Now, Everybody is on the same page.

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Tour Dates

Aug 13 2022
Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino
Maricopa, AZ
Aug 14 2022
Tailgate Fest 2022
Fontana, CA
Aug 19 2022
Headwaters Country Jam
Three Forks, MT
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Aug 20 2022
Alaska State Fair
Palmer, AK
Aug 22 2022
Western Idaho Fair
Boise, ID
Aug 24 2022
Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair
Petoskey, MI
Aug 25 2022
Bash on the Bay
Put-in-bay, OH
Aug 26 2022
Dutchess County Fairgrounds
Rhinebeck, NY
Aug 27 2022
Music in the Fields
Lucknow, Canada
Sep 03 2022
Marion County Fairgrounds
Palmyra, MO
Sep 04 2022
Plymouth Motor Speedway
Plymouth, IN
Sep 08 2022
Tennessee Soybean Festival
Martin, TN
Sep 09 2022
The Sportsbook At Hollywood Casino Charles Town
Charles Town, WV
Sep 10 2022
Dr Pepper Park at the Bridges
Roanoke, VA
Sep 16 2022
Seven Feathers Casino Resort
Canyonville, OR
Sep 23 2022
River Spirit Casino Resort
Tulsa, OK
Sep 24 2022
Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Arena
Oklahoma City, OK
Sep 30 2022
Columbus Civic Center
Columbus, GA
Oct 07 2022
Mountain Health Arena
Huntington, WV
Oct 08 2022
Covelli Centre
Youngstown, OH
Oct 09 2022
PPL Center
Allentown, PA
Oct 13 2022
First National Bank Arena
Jonesboro, AR
Oct 14 2022
Texas Trust CU Theatre
Grand Prairie, TX
Oct 15 2022
713 Music Hall
Houston, TX
Oct 19 2022
Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Tuscaloosa, AL
Oct 20 2022
BB&T Arena
Newport, KY
Oct 21 2022
Freedom Hall Civic Center
Johnson City, TN
Oct 22 2022
The Corbin Arena
Corbin, KY
Oct 23 2022
Bojangles' Coliseum
Charlotte, NC
Oct 27 2022
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL
Oct 28 2022
Hertz Arena
Estero, FL
Oct 29 2022
Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Pompano Beach, FL
Nov 03 2022
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
Greensboro, NC
Nov 04 2022
Florence Center
Florence, SC
Nov 05 2022
Altria Theater
Richmond, VA
Nov 10 2022
Anderson Sports Center
Anderson, SC
Nov 11 2022
BancorpSouth Arena
Tupelo, MS
Nov 18 2022
Pensacola Bay Center
Pensacola, FL
Nov 19 2022
Gas South Arena
Duluth, GA
Dec 11 2022
Grand Ole Opry
Nashville, TN




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