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Country Roots Festival Performer Profile: Chris Young

Black and white photo of Chris Young performing on stage. Country

Since signing with RCA Nashville at just 20 years old, Chris Young has become a fixture in the country music scene. Now, the 37-year-old Tennessee native is set to headline the inaugural Country Roots Festival in Kansas City, Kan.

Young will join fellow headliners Trace Adkins and Gabby Barrett on May 13 at Legends Field. The Country Roots Festival is produced by Kustom 440 and all guests must be 21 years and older. 

A True Nashville Star

Young was raised in a talented family and showed interest in music from a young age. His grandfather, Richard Yates, performed as a singer and guitarist on the television show Louisiana Hayride. In high school, Young was a national YoungArts winner and Presidential Scholar of the Arts.

In 2006, he auditioned for the reality competition show Nashville Star and won Season 4, earning a contract with RCA Records Nashville. He released his first single, “Drinkin’ Me Lonely” later that year and it peaked at No. 42 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song served as the first single on his self-titled debut album. 

Young scored his first Top 40 hit with 2008’s “Voices” which was released in May at the CMA Music Festival. Then, in 2009, his fourth charting single “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” reached No. 1. The song is now certified double platinum. He followed that release with four more consecutive No. 1s including “The Man I want to Be,” “Tomorrow” and “You” as well as a re-release of “Voices.”

Awards and Accolades

With eight studio albums under his belt, Young boasts more than five billion career streams and 13 No. 1 hits. Six of those albums are certified gold or platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America or RIAA. His latest release, Famous Friends, debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 in 2022 and featured collaborations with Old Dominion, Cassadee Pope, Mitchell Tenpenny and Kane Brown.

Young has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2017 when he was invited by country legend Vince Gill. He was inducted by Brad Paisley.

Chris Young at the Country Roots Festival

Adkins is one highlight in the star-studded lineup for Country Roots Festival this spring where Clay Walker, Jo Dee Messina and Lonestar will also grace the stage. General admission and VIP tickets are available now. Get your Country Roots Festival tickets from TicketSmarter and get ready to enjoy Kansas City’s next big country music festival. For more information, visit and follow Country Roots Festival on Instagram