Aw, Naw…Not Even Septic Shock Can Keep Chris Young Down!
Photo: Mindy Small
Photo: Mindy Small
He's doing just fine now -- really! "Everybody seems really concerned about my health scare still," he notes with a laugh. "It was one of those just really weird random things. I was actually flying to show in Kalispell, Montana and our first flight was to Denver. I was fine in Nashville, [but] by the time I landed in Denver I was sick enough that they took me straight to the ICU. So -- fun stories and being in septic shock and jugular vein IVs," he jokes. "It was scary but it's one of those things that I kind of feel like now I'm covered for the next decade probably on life-threatening situations. I've already got one out of the way!
"I don't recommend that stuff, but good news is it happened and now I'm okay," he says wryly. "So, it's looking good."
Now that we have that out of the way, another thing that's looking darn good is the response to Young's fourth studio set, A.M., which marked his highest debut ever -- namely, No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard 200. "[With this album] especially, I was just really excited about the music," Young explains. "It's a little bit of a different direction for me on A.M. then what I've done in the past. So to see it come out and have a good debut and have a good first week was really nice."
Young notes that his change of musical direction was a gradual but deliberate journey. "I think in the process of making this record I just knew -- and I'd actually talked with my producer two albums ago about -- that we need to establish what my sound is...probably by the third record, I'll be able to have enough freedom to kind of mess around and really expand and do some stuff that I haven't done. And one of the things that I really hadn't done a lot of, as far as being at the forefront of the record, was up-tempo songs.
"I'd always had up-tempos on my album but we'd never singled 'em out," he says. "And it's pretty much half of my [live] show -- I do a lot of up-tempo stuff in my show and I just felt like I wasn't really getting that across to people. So that definitely was something going into the process of making A.M."