Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville country artist Chris Janson was inducted as the newest and youngest living member of the Grand Ole Opry this evening by Garth Brooks, an Opry member since 1990. Addressing Janson on stage, Brooks said, “Driving in here tonight, I passed a billboard that says ‘Welcome To The Family.’ Family is a great name for this place. Another great name for this place is church. That’s what it’s all about. Because if any time you are at your lowest, these people are going to be here for you. And they’ll expect the same out of you, and they’ll get the same out of you.” Handing Janson his Opry member award, Brooks added, “Chris, it is my honor to welcome you to the family. This will be– no matter how many times you look back on it– the greatest night of your music career.” “How do you not cry on a night like this?” Janson began. “To know me is to know I really, truly love the Grand Ole Opry. … This will be a moment I will never forget. … Thanks for making my dreams come true, and thanks for buying a ticket to the Opry to see it happen! I hope you come back a million times! I’ll buy the ticket for ya. I don’t even care. I love you that much!” Janson’s surprise membership invitation from Opry member Keith Urban occurred during his sold-out concert at the Ryman Auditorium in February. “Chris Janson showed us all again tonight why we are so excited to welcome him into the Opry family,” said Opry General Manager Sally Williams. “Like he has during every Opry appearance he’s made, he exuded passion and enthusiasm for this iconic show he loves so much. Whether he’s playing his own hits, songs he’s written for fellow artists, or his all-time country favorites, he brings Opry audiences to their feet with his performances. Backstage, it’s amazing to watch him connect with both the artists who have come before him and those who are following in his footsteps. We could not be more thrilled about the excitement, loyalty, and great music he will bring to our Opry family for years to come.” About Chris Janson: Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville country artist Chris Janson was born to entertain crowds. He recently released his “heart-piercing ballad” (People) “Drunk Girl” to radio, where it is drawing praise from fans and critics alike. Called “quite possibly the most important song to come out of Nashville in years” (CMT), the single was named one of Rolling Stone’s 25 Best Country Songs of 2017. The singer / songwriter earned his second chart-topping single in November with the summer anthem “Fix A Drink” from his sophomore album Everybody. Janson’s breakthrough No. 1 Platinum-certified single “Buy Me A Boat” was the 7th bestselling country song of the year in 2015, although his professional music career began more than 10 years ago. The singer/songwriter has also penned multiple top-charting Continue reading
WARNER BROS./WAR artist CHRIS JANSON was surprised by KEITH URBAN during his sold-out RYMAN AUDITORIUM show in NASHVILLE last night (2/5), as URBAN invited JANSON to become an official member of the GRAND OLE OPRY. Right after teaming with JANSON on a cover of JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY’s “Sold,” URBAN made the ask, remembering his own OPRY invite, which also took place on the RYMAN stage. JANSON’s next OPRY appearance is set for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20th; his formal induction will take place in the SPRING at a date to be announced. “Over the course of more than 100 appearances since his OPRY debut in 2013, CHRIS has become a favorite of OPRY fans and fellow performers alike,” said OPRY GM SALLY WILLIAMS. “He is so passionate about the OPRY, including its rich history, the camaraderie it builds between generations of fans and artists, and its place in Country music’s future.”
Chris Janson’s Debut Music Video for “Better I Don’t” Offers a Fun First Impression! Chris Janson recently kind of came of left field for me with his funny and relatable single “Better I Don’t,” and I’m sure glad he did. Janson might be new to me, but the songwriter definitely isn’t new to country having gotten his start at the iconic Tootsies Orchid Lounge at 18, penning tunes for major stars like Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah,” and now working on a debut album. The catchy and fun song makes a strong case for sobriety, but at the same time keeps things lighthearted. The video for “Better I Don’t” manages to maintain the same balance, and offers Janson to give fans a peak at his charming side. Needless to say, the video is a lot of fun, and a great way for Chris to break into the country scene as a performing artist. Watch it below, and be sure to find Janson on Twitter! Watch Chris Janson’s Official Music Video for “Better I Don’t.”
10 Random Questions with Country Up and Comer Chris Janson! Missouri native Chris Janson has really made a name for himself in the country music world. He takes songwriting very seriously, and it’s something he is extremely good at. Performing since age eleven, he knew exactly what he wanted to do at a young age. Not only did he write Tim McGraw’s recent hit “Truck Yeah“, he’s also the spokesperson for Scentblocker and Mossy Oak. His new song titled “Better I Don’t” explains his personality perfectly, crazy, funny, and down to earth! He is also brave enough to answer my 10 random questions. At what age did you know that you wanted to pursue music? At 18 I headed to Nashville, started at Tootsie ‘s. Who were your influences growing up? Merle Haggard , Hank Jr , Guns n Roses. What artists do you currently listen to? Justin Moore and Tim Mcgraw If you could duet with any female artist who would it be? Noone. If you were a drink, what drink would you be? Moonshine – cause I ‘m authentic and come from the woods What is your favorite song that you have written? “Holdin Her” – cause it’s about my wife , my proposal and my baby girl Georgia . I wrote it with my best friend James Otto. Do you have any nicknames? Rocking Randel and Kelly calls me picky pants cause on the road I only like Mountain Dew , Bo Jangles and Crawfish. Do you have any bad habits? Mountain Dew Where do you like to shop? Do you have a favorite store? Adel Outfitters Is there anything you would like the fans to know? Yes. I’m a Christian. To keep up with Chris, find him on Twitter: @janson_chris! Listen to Chris Janson’s “Better I Don’t” Now! Brittany is a guest contributor! You can find more from her via Twitter.