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Chris Janson, Chris Young celebrate Number One hits

Chris Janson, Chris Young celebrate Number One hits
By Preshias Harris for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Two Number One parties, two hit songs, six hit songwriters. Tuesday, March 6 was a busy day in Nashville. It was a day to celebrate the writers of Chris Janson’s ‘Fix A Drink’ and Chris Young’s ‘Losing Sleep.’

‘Fix A Drink’ fixed Chris Janson another Number One and he celebrated with co-writers Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley at a Number One party on the afternoon of March 6th. The party, co-hosted by ASCAP and BMI, was held at BMI’s Nashville location. 

“Fix Me A Drink” follows Janson’s previous hit, ‘Buy Me A Boat,’ that Warner Bros. Records released after Janson self-released it, gaining airplay on the Bobby Bones radio show.  As a songwriter, Janson has co-write credits on numerous cuts by Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., Joe Nichols. Jerrod Niemann, LoCash and more.


Dubois & Gorley are ‘Star’ Songwriters

Chris Dubois is one of Nashville’s most successful independent music publishers, heading up Sea Gayle Publishing that he started with partners Brad Paisley and Frank Rogers. As a songwriter, DuBois has had more than 30 Top 20 singles including 17 #1s. He has received more than 40 ASCAP awards (including ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 2004) and has twice been named NSAI Songwriter of the Year. He has notched up over 1.1 billion radio impressions in the course of his career. 

Ashley Gorley (Janson and DuBois’s co-writer on ‘Fix Me A Drink’) has become a human ‘hit machine’ over the years. He has been named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year for an unprecedented five times.

2017 was a particularly good year for Gorley. The Performing Rights Organization ASCAP bestows a prestigious Triple Play Award on any ASCAP songwriter who scores three Number One songs within a 12-month period.  At an awards luncheon in February, Gorley received three Triple Play Awards, marking NINE number one hits that he has co-written during a single year. With a total of eleven Triple Play Awards, Gorley has become the most awarded Triple Play recipient of all time.

At the Award ceremony, Gorley said he had another personal reason to celebrate: The previous week, his kids had been on the winning team in a Nashville basketball tournament!

On March 20, Chris Janson will become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry – and its youngest member to date. He is currently on the road, touring with Cole Swindell.



Chris Young’s tenth Number One

Later that day, it was time for Chris Young to celebrate the success of ‘Losing Sleep.’ That Number One party took place at Nashville’s Tin Roof – renamed TEN Roof for the evening in honor of Young’s tenth Number One hit.

Young was joined by co-writers Chris DeStefano and Josh Hoge, co-hosted by ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.  During the party, Young treated the invited audience of friends and music industry folks to a live performance of ‘Losing Sleep’ and several more of his ten chart toppers.

Chris DeStafano is a Grammy-winning songwriter and producer, with a string of major hit songs to his credit.  He has penned cuts for Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Billy Currington, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and more.

Josh Hoge was named SESAC Songwriter of the Year in 2016 with cuts for artists that include Backstreet Boys and Kane Brown as well as Chris Young.

Chris Young rose to fame after winning the TV talent show, Nashville Star, in 2006 and signing to RCA Records Nashville. Like Janson, Young was recently inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry and is currently touring in support of his ‘Losing Sleep’ album.  News and tour dates are at www.chrisyoungcountry.com

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PHOTO 1:
(Left to Right): Ashley Gorley, Chris Janson, Chris DuBois, Brent Anderson (producer of ‘Fix A Drink’). Photo credit: Steve Lowry

PHOTO 2:
(Left to Right): Corey Crowder (co-producer of ‘Losing Sleep’), Chris DeStefano, Chris Young, Jason Hoge. Photo credit: Steve Lowry

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