Chris Young is back on the country radio airwaves with a new single, “Losing Sleep,” the lead track from his upcoming seventh studio album.
Penned by Chris, Josh Hoge and Chris DeStefano, “Losing Sleep” falls into Chris’ sexy-song wheelhouse, mixing an up-tempo beat with his rich baritone. After two weeks, the new single is working its way up the charts, which is something Chris knows a thing or two about. His three previous singles—“I’m Comin’ Over,” “Think of You” and “Sober Saturday Night”—reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
Chris sat down with Nash Country Daily and shared five things he wants you to know about the new single and upcoming album.
1. In the Writing Room
“Writing ‘Losing Sleep’ was fun for me, because I’d written with Chris [DeStefano] on ‘Goodbye’ for my A.M. record, and I’d written, obviously, a lot of the last record [I’m Comin’ Over] with Josh [Hoge]. I was like, ‘You know what? I wonder what would happen if I put them together in a room with me? I wonder if this will click?’ It really, really did. Anybody will tell you, if they’ve been in the room with either one of those guys, they’re fantastic writers. ‘Losing Sleep’ is an idea that I’d been kicking around for awhile, and I brought it in to Chris and Josh, and we just went off to the races with it and got something that I was really excited about. We wrote this in December 2015, so this was right after I’m Comin’ Over dropped. Sometimes you hear where people are like, ‘Oh, man, I put so much into this record, I just took a little time off from writing.’ I dove right back in, and I’m really glad that I did because that song—like I said—is almost two years old, and it’s just always been one that I’ve been in love with.”
2. Finding His Groove
“Well, ‘Losing Sleep’ is a little more progressive sonically, and I’ve got another song on the record that’s just this big piano ballad—that’s a song that I’m really, really pumped about. There’s another song that’s got a whole bunch of steel guitar, and kind of a really, really cool guitar lick that’s kind of a summer thing. [The new album] hits a bunch of different grooves. I think that’s one of the things that’s gonna jump out to everybody. Every song has its own groove and its own space. It is very different, but I think it makes a cohesive project.”
3. New Album’s Status
“We have already tracked all the songs. We still need to do a couple vocals and some over-dubs on the back half of the record, but the first half is already finished and mastered. Really, really close, honestly. We just need a couple of days in the studio, and obviously some time to deal with mixes and send it over to mastering, and make sure we’re happy with it. This is the first time in my career that I’m a co-writer on every song on the record, so I’m excited about that.”
4. Co-Producing With Corey Crowder
“This is third album that we’ve produced together. Producing is a lot of fun for me, and it’s something that I really enjoy digging into. I’ve saved all of my production notes and mix notes. It’s just something that I do enjoy that is very different from the process of songwriting or the process of performing. I think it would be different if I didn’t really enjoy doing it, and also get to work with somebody like Corey Crowder. I mean, he’s awesome.”
5. Collaborations on the New Album
“I’m not gonna say no. As of right now, there are not, but that is something that has been discussed on one of the songs on the back half of the record, so we’ll see.”
Watch the lyric video for Chris’ new single, “Losing Sleep.”