Newcomer Chris Janson is continuing to make waves with debut music video for his summer anthem “Buy Me a Boat.” The music video for the Top 20 hit is the first to be produced for an artist by CMT.
“It’s pretty humbling, to say the least,” Janson recently told CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “What do you say? Except I’m thankful. I’m grateful. It’s a dream come true. I love being a part of country music, and doing it with CMT is pretty unbelievable.”
The Missouri native made the laid-back video a family affair by filling a boat with some of closest friends and relatives.
“When CMT came to me with this opportunity, I wanted it to be extra special and have the people in it who have been with me from the ground level,” he said. “That’s my father-in-law, my son, my wife.”
Family members aren’t the only ones joining him in the video. Actor-singer Charles Esten, star of ABC’s Nashville, also makes a cameo appearance.
“It’s always weird to see Charles Esten floatin’ by in a kayak, but nonetheless it’s really good,” Janson said. “Whether you know him as Charles or Deacon, he’s been a good friend and a good songwriting compadre. We’ve shared the Opry stage a few times together, too. I love that guy, and I’m proud he agreed to be in the video.”
It’s been a summer of firsts for Janson, who also made his awards show debut last month when he performed at the 2015 CMT Music Awards.
“I’m pretty shocked still,” he said. “I’ll still be shocked ten years from now when I’m like, ‘Did I really get to do that?’ I’m truly one of those guys who wakes up every day and is like, “Wow, this is awesome.”
For more country music news, tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday (July 11-12) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.