Duets have always been a favorite in country music and the recent pairing by Chris Young and Cassadee Pope, “Think of You,” was no exception. The single recently went to No. 1 and the two artists celebrated that feat at an industry party at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Aug. 16. They were joined in the festivities by Chris' co-writers Corey Crowder, who also produced the record, and Josh Hoge.
Chris was familiar with chart-topping territory, hitting No. 1 with “The Man I Want to Be,” “Aw Naw” and other past singles. But for young Cassadee, “Think of You” marked her first time atop the charts. Cassadee made certain to note that as she spoke to the assembled crowd of industry execs and members of the media. “Chris, you have no idea what you've done for my career and my spirit,” she said, glancing toward her duet partner.
Chris returned the acknowledgment, taking several moments to praise Cassadee. “One of my favorite things about 'Think of You' is having Cassadee Pope on it,” he began. “This song would not be the same without her.” Chris also explained that the duet process is not as simple as throwing two singers together and hoping for some magic. “Duets are hard,” he said. “Because it's one more piece that has to be correct and make the song what it's supposed to be. We got this one right,” Chris added.
During the party, Chris was surprised with a gold plaque for his album I'm Comin' Over, which features “Think of You.” The duet partners also received plaques and honors from their respective record labels, Country Radio Broadcasters and others.
Chris and Cassadee will be teaming up on the road during Chris' I'm Comin' Over Tour, starting in September.
Bob Paxman for Country Music News International