Chris Young Shares the Story Behind His “Famous Friends”

Kane Brown Joins Him on the Song About His Hometown Heroes

There’s Brandon. Johnny. Jason. Randy. And Megan. Those are Chris Young’s “Famous Friends.”

In his brand new single — named for his actual friends — and those of co-writers Cary Barlowe and Corey Crowder, Young sings the praises of every one he knew that was famous in their own small-town way.

Young told me about the new song: why they wrote it the way they did and why it made sense to have Kane Brown join him on it.

“The hook of the song is basically, ’I’ve got some famous friends you’ve probably never heard of.’ It’s talking about people who are from your hometown,” Young told me, “and you might not know them here, like if I’m in some big city somewhere. But when I go back home, I’ve got some famous friends.

“It was kind of a different idea and something that I really was drawn to when we were writing the song. We were out on the bus, out on tour, and we’d written a ballad and a tempo song. And I was like, ’Man I really want to write something about the people I grew up with, with kind of a hometown vibe.’ And this was what spawned from that idea. All the names I reference are actual people, so that’s kind of cool. It’s like a bunch of little pictures of people and who they are. And it’ll be a lot of fun when they hear it.”

Once the song was written, Young said, he knew he wanted it to be a big moment. So enter Kane Brown.

Embedded from