When Chris Janson first released “Drunk Girl,” it was hailed as “quite possibly the most important song to come out of Nashville in years” (CMT), and the value of its message continues to prove itself. The breakout star took home the award for Song of the Year at last week’s MusicRow Awards, the 30th annual ceremony honoring writers and publishers on the craft of songwriting.
“I just have to tell you, I always wanted to write with Tom Douglas, and I always wanted to write with Scooter Carusoe,” said Janson on stage at the ceremony. “It was not so easy picking this song because it’s a lot to take on, and we knew that when we wrote it. I have to honestly give the reins and the credit to the two guys right here up on stage with me. Because without passion for real songs, sometimes as artists / writers we get lost in what we think is going to work real fast – and that’s the wrong way to look at songs. That’s what I’ve learned from these guys. I’ve learned how to be a better songwriter and how to be just a better human, better Christian, better dad and a better husband.”
During the presentation, MusicRow Publisher / Owner Sherod Roberton read a portion of Robert K. Oermann’s review of “Drunk Girl,” saying, “Each vocal performance seems more impressive than the one before. He drew me into this with extraordinary intimacy. It’s also a wonderfully inventive lyric about behaving like a gentleman. A superb record.”
Of the winning song Janson described, “You want your kids to be treated with respect and you want people to love your kids as you love them. The only thing I can say is… I see drunk people in the audience every night, I see people who are not drunk in the audience every night. We all see people getting taken advantage of in this world, and if it was my daughter I’d just hate that. And if it was my son, I’d hate it even worse. If you’re a parent in here, I pray that your kids are blessed with the knowledge to know better in life and to do the right thing. That’s really what this song’s about.”
The singer / songwriter has earned nearly 30 million streams with “Drunk Girl” as it climbs into the Top 25 at country radio. With both its live video (watch HERE) and music video (watch HERE) amassing multiple millions of views each, Janson released a special Broadway performance cut for fans earlier this week (watch HERE). Shot in conjunction with the official music video on the eve of his birthday in April, the new visual provides an intimate moment on one of Nashville’s most iconic – and famously crowded – streets. Janson provides a behind-the-scenes look at its personal meaning with a recently released making-of clip (watch HERE).
The Platinum-selling, chart-topping entertainer will discuss “Drunk Girl” and more in an Entertainment Tonight segment airing on June 30 (check local listings for time and channel). Between dates on Jake Owen’s “Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour 2018” and stops at major festivals across the nation, Janson will ring in Independence Day at Nashville’s Let Freedom Sing! Music City’s July 4th concert.
For tour dates and more information, visit www.ChrisJanson.com.