Chris Young has been a busy man these days. He released his latest album, A.M., on September 17 and it debuted at No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard 200, his highest-charting album to date. He recently talked with Billboard about the album, breaking the project down track-by-track. Known best for ballads and mid-tempo tunes, Chris took fresh approach to the songs found on A.M.
“Where a lot of people will notice it is on the tempo stuff on this record. I really felt like I’ve had a few up tempo songs at radio, but really nothing aggressive,” he said. “My tempos were always ‘Voices’ or ‘You,’ which are really more mid. I had a pretty good handle on mids and ballads and what I wanted to say with them. I felt I had locked in where I could do those well. I always felt like the tempos were the album cuts, so I really went after that on this record.”
Watch Chris discuss A.M. below:
Chris also offered Billboard an update on his recovery from an infection that landed him in the hospital in August. A small cut on the inside of his leg from an ingrown hair got bacteria in it which then made its way into Chris’ bloodstream. He left Nashville on a flight to Denver and by the time his plane landed, he was rushed to a nearby hospital in septic shock.
“It got really serious that night to the point that they weren’t going to put me in surgery to begin with, and they had me on three different blood pressure medications, but it was still dropping,” Chris said. “They were worried about organ failure, so they put me in surgery. Luckily, I was in Denver, and not somewhere small.”