We now know what got Chris Young so freaked out at a recent show Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP
Chris Young performs during the 3rd Annual Stars and Strings Tribute at the Chicago Theatre on Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017, in Chicago. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

During the late hours of Jan. 19, just minutes after departing from the stage at yet another sold-out show on his “Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour,” country star Chris Young stepped aboard his tour bus with sweat still forming on his brow. Once there, he could have flopped down on his couch, or taken a big long drink of water or hung out with his bandmates after the show.

But he didn’t do that. Instead, he wanted to talk to his fans again.

“I’m still freaking out,” he captioned the video that he posted on his Instagram account shortly after his Grand Rapids, Michigan, show. “I just want to say thank you for one of the loudest, craziest nights of my life, and definitely one of the coolest.”

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Just hours later, Chris looked and sounded a tad calmer, but was still flying high over the night.

“I talk a lot to people about how excited I get about various shows, and I have done videos like that before, but honestly, I think people could tell last night that I was different,” he told Rare Country backstage before his sold-out show the very next night in Chicago. “It was one of the best shows of my life. There was well over 9,000 people in the building and they filled [the venue] all the way to the top. Everyone was singing and everything. They hit 114 decibels about four different times in the show, so it was like hurting people’s ears.”


Chris laughed, but to anyone who has caught the “Losing Sleep Tour” thus far, you know that you can almost feel the magic that is happening between Chris and his rapidly growing fan following. In fact, multiple times during his show in Chicago, Chris seemed to have to stop and take it all in, as his adoring crowd couldn’t seem to get enough of him, his songs and the genuine nature he showcases every time he steps on that stage.

“I think it’s important for anyone who wants to be an artist to be genuine,” he told Rare Country. “Especially these days, you need to really show people who you are and, once that clicks and they know a lot about you, and about what you want to say and who you want to be as an artist, you overlap that with stories. And all of a sudden, there is a real relationship that forms. And in the span of a live show, it’s just taken to a whole new level.”

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It’s this relationship with fans that Chris knows is essential to keep this musical fairy tale going.


“I can make all the music that I want, I can have five trucks here with all of this production and four tour buses filled with people, and I can have Kane Brown and LANCO here [as support acts], and we can rehearse all we want and create the coolest show on the face of the planet earth … that no one will see if all these fans don’t show up each and every night,” Chris said. “So to see all these fans showing up is not only exciting, but very humbling to look out and see that many people.”

Oh, this is just the beginning Chris.

This is just the beginning.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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