Over the weekend Chris Young surprised his duet partner, Cassadee Pope, with a Gold plaque for their chart-topping single “Think Of You.” That same night Young thrilled the sold-out crowds at Nissan Stadium during CMA Music Festival in Nashville when he welcomed Pope to the stage for a sizzling performance of their hit duet.
Written by Young, Corey Crowder and Josh Hoge, “Think Of You” reached No. 1 in only fifteen weeks and is certified Gold by the RIAA for sales exceeding half a million copies. The song is from Young’s ACM-nominated album, I’m Comin’ Over, and marks the Grammy-nominated singer’s eighth chart topping track. His latest single, “Sober Saturday Night” featuring Vince Gill is climbing the charts now. Pope, whose new EP Summer is out now, will join Young this fall for his headlining “I’m Comin’ Over Tour” along with Dan + Shay and Dustin Lynch.
CMA Fest is winding down, and HOT, so we did our best to keep cool by minimizing our time outside and enjoying some activities on the inside. We checked out Jamie Lynn Spears and Halfway to Hazard at the Chevy Cruz stage. This was the first time we’ve seen Jamie, and she sounded amazing! I have to say, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. She sang good music really well, and had a great interaction with the crowd. Halway to Hazard is always a favorite. These guys are so nice, and there’s really no good reason that they haven’t “made it” yet. Their music is great, and they have a ton of passion and talent.
Then we headed into the Country Music Hall of Fame for a Q & A with Mickey Guyton. Lemme tell ya…. This girl CAN. SING!!!! She also introduced a special guest, “American Idol” finalist Tristan McIntosh. The two performed “Why Baby Why.” Both did amazing!!!
We also interviewed Sara Evans and Todd Chrisley. First. Very entertaining. Second. They were exhausted from a full day of interviews, so it probably wasn’t as entertaining as it could’ve been.
The nightly concerts at LP were definitely for the young at heart with Chris Young who surprised the crowd by bringing out Cassadee Pope to perform “Think of You.” Awesome as always. Chris was followed up by Cole Swindell and then Florida Georgia Line. They did what they do, rocked the stadium with their party anthems, and the crowd loved every second of it.
Steven Tyler was thrown into the mix, and we were not disappointed. I mean, let’s be real. It’s Steven Tyler. He sang a couple of country songs with some Aerosmith hits in the mix, but things turned up another notch when he brought out Martina McBride to perform his hit “Crying.”
Blake Shelton closed out the night. His laid back stage presence was honestly a breath of fresh air after all the high production events of the night. Just Blake and his sense of humor and all was right with the world.
Chris Young and Vince Gill are headed to NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” this week for a very special performance of “Sober Saturday Night.” Airing TOMOROW Friday, June 10th at 11:35pm eastern / 10:35pm central, Gill and Young will collaborate with The Roots for the TV debut of the song. “Sober Saturday Night,” featuring Vince Gill, is the latest single from Young’s ACM-nominated album, I’m Comin’ Over,following back-to-back No. 1s for the title track and “Think Of You” with Cassadee Pope. Twenty-time Grammy Awards winner Gill’s new album, Down To My Last Bad Habit, is available now.