You might say that Chris Janson has made it a habit to make memorable appearances on the Grand Ole Opry stage. In the past, he’s performed songs like, “Holdin’ Her” and “Buy Me A Boat” on the famous circle. This time, however, he chose to sing his emotional current single, “Drunk Girl,” for the audience.
Instead of wailing out on his harmonica, Chris sang the song seated at a grand piano, and used his fingers to bring each note to life. The stripped down performance began with just Chris on the piano before a few guitarists and fiddle player joined in. But, it was the song’s incredibly powerful lyrics about treating a woman with respect, even when she’s inebriated, that truly captivated the audience that evening.
“Take a drunk girl home / Let her sleep all alone / Leave her keys on the counter, your number by the phone / Pick up her life she threw on the floor / Leave the hall lights on walk out and lock the door / That’s how she knows the difference between a boy and man / Take a drunk girl home,” Chris crooned with his eyes closed, while dressed in a simple, black buttoned down shirt and matching pants.
Meanwhile, fans couldn’t help but praise Chris’ positive message with cheers and whistles.
“Drunk Girl” is the second single from Chris’ latest album, “Everybody.” He co-wrote the compelling ballad with songwriters Tom Douglas and Scooter Carusoe.
“We were inspired because we are dads, No. 1, and husbands,” Chris told Rare Country of writing the track. “We would hope that if our daughters ever got into that situation … a young man would treat them with great respect and take care of them the way that we would want them to be treated.”
Chris is a proud father to two biological kids and two bonus kids. He’s also husband to his spouse of seven years, Kelly Lynn Janson. When asked what drives him to be a good father and husband he said, “I really love my wife. I only have eyes for her. My kids are the light of my world, so what drives me [to be a good father and husband] is them, they drive it. I’m just sort of here.
“Men were put on this earth to work, to be providers and keep their nose to the grindstone. That’s just how I think, and how I think of myself,” he continued. “I don’t want to be a hero. I don’t want to be put on a pedestal. I’m just some guy who has a really hot wife, and awesome kids and I work really hard to support them.”
Speaking of working hard, Chris is gearing up to hit the road. On Feb. 5, he will play his first-ever headlining and sold-out show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. After that, he will head out with his label mate, Cole Swindell, on the “Reasons to Drink” tour.