Chris Young’s First Guitar Was the Best Present Ever

Chris Young’s First Guitar Was the Best Present Ever

Can you think of what your favorite Christmas gift was?

For Chris Young, that answer is easy, “I actually got my first guitar as a Christmas gift. So, that’s one that’s always going to stand out in my mind.”

Chris recalls unwrapping the present, “I picked it up and was like so excited to have it.” Of course then Chris realized “it was going to take me a really long time to learn to play it.” But the end, it was totally worth it, “It’s obviously brought me a lot of joy over the years being able to sit down and pick up an instrument and just, sing and play. So, that was pretty special.”

Chris loves this time of the year, and one of his favorite things he got to do over the last several years was to put out his own holiday album, It Must Be Christmas.

From that, here’s his version of “The Christmas Song.”

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”


Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell