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Chris Janson

www.chrisjanson.com

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

Dec 22 2018
Opry at the Ryman
Nashville, TN
Dec 28 2018
Coushatta Casino Resort
Kinder, LA
Jan 10 2019
Chris Janson with Alabama
Detroit, MI
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Jan 11 2019
The Rave / Eagles Club
Milwaukee, WI
Jan 17 2019
The District
Sioux Falls, SD
Jan 18 2019
Verizon Center
Mankato, MN
Jan 19 2019
Paramount Theatre
Cedar Rapids, IA
Jan 23 2019
Crash My Playa
Cancún, Mexico
Feb 01 2019
Chris Janson with Alabama
Rochester, NY
Feb 02 2019
Chris Janson with Alabama
Baltimore, MD
Feb 07 2019
Cheyenne Civic Center
Cheyenne, WY
Feb 08 2019
Butte Civic Center
Butte, MT
Feb 09 2019
DeJoria Center
Kamas, UT
Feb 10 2019
Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Airway Heights, WA
Feb 21 2019
Starland Ballroom
Sayreville, NJ
Feb 22 2019
American Music Theatre
Lancaster, PA
Mar 08 2019
Florida Strawberry Festival
Plant City, FL
Mar 15 2019
IP Casino
Biloxi, MS
Mar 30 2019
Mercedes Benz Stadium Loading Dock
Atlanta, GA
Apr 12 2019
Chris Janson at Tortuga Music Festival
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Apr 13 2019
WEZL's LowCountry Jam
Ladson, SC
Jun 08 2019
Buckeye Country Superfest
Columbus, OH
Jul 10 2019
Jackson County Fair
Central Point, OR

News

11/19/2018

Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa – 5th Year Fiesta Adds Additional Performers

Luke Combs, Chris Janson and Jake Owen NASHVILLE – November 19, 2018 – Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa - 5th Year Fiesta has added Luke Combs, who will headline one…

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10/23/2017

COUNTRY RISING BENEFIT CONCERT SELLS OUT AND ADDS SECOND EVENT AT ASCEND AMPHITHEATER, TICKETS ON SALE OCT. 26 AT 10:00A CT

COUNTRY RISING: DOWNTOWN JAM at Ascend Amphitheater to Feature Tucker Beathard, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, Bailey Bryan, Lindsay Ell, Chris Janson, Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay, Carly Pearce and…

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09/22/2017

CHRIS JANSON SENDS EVERYBODY EVERYWHERE TODAY

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry proclaims September 22 as “Everybody Day” Music City show slated for tonight with “15 In A 30” Tour at Ascend Amphitheater LIVE with Kelly and Ryan…

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