Today, on this Monday in Movember, we introduce you to Chris Janson. Chris is, ironically, in the process of growing out his facial hair in honor of this month, so it definitely made sense for us to spotlight this spirited new artist!
Chris Janson began collaborating as a songwriter at eighteen years of age with classic rock band, Guns N’ Roses. In 2009, Chris recorded two duets with Holly Williams, granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr., on her album Here with Me. Instead of heading to veterinary school, which was his original plan, Chris made the move that many musicians before him likewise made — the move to Nashville, Tennessee.
It only took one day in Nashville for Chris to book a four-show-a-day gig at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Nashville’s Lower Broadway. One night, Neil Young was in the bar and was so impressed by Chris’s take on his classic Cortez the Killer that he offered Chris a part in the Neil Young biopic Heart of Gold.
Chris signed to BNA Records in October 2009 and released his debut single, ‘Til a Woman Comes Along, in April 2010. The song debuted at Number 56 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week ending May 1, 2010.
Soon thereafter, Chris left his label. He co-wrote Tim McGraw‘s 2012 single Truck Yeah, played harmonica on Lee Brice‘s album Hard 2 Love, and wrote the title track to Justin Moore‘s 2013 album Off the Beaten Path.
Chris signed with Bigger Picture Music Group. His first release for Bigger Picture, Better I Don’t, entered the charts in February 2013. Better I Don’t peaked at number 40 on Country Airplay in mid-2013. Chris’s Cut Me Some Slack is currently making its way on to radio stations and charts.
We look forward to a long career ahead of this talented musician and hope you all join us in celebrating this week’s Mustached Man for Movember, Chris Janson!