When he first came on the country music scene during the 2006 season of Nashville Star, Chris Young seemed like a young kid with a voice that belonged to a veteran country music legend. The kid had the chops, but there seemed to be some questions about how he could convince the country music world that he was ready enough to become a star.
After one album that sold just Ok, Chris released his second album in 2009. The second single Gettin’ You Home and the third single as well as the title track to the album The Man I Want To Be both went straight to number one. The kid with the country voice had found his place among the country music greats.
For those that don’t know, there seems to be another level to Chris’ country tradition. Today I was searching for videos on You Tube and I came across one of my all time favorite songs I’m Over You. The version I love is the one from Keith Whitley. He had recorded the track before his untimely death and it was released and became a hit single posthumously.
Well, much to my surprise, Chris Young has covered this great song…
I’m Over You – Chris Young
It’s great to see that Chris has such respect for the classic songs of country music. The more I listened to the video, the more I grew to like Chris’ version. He has a voice that is similar to Whitley’s, but Chris puts his own unique licks on the vocal.
There is nothing like the original, but Chris Young just moved up a notch in the respect category with me. He obviously earned tons of respect already as a successful singer in his own right, but artists always earn more respect when they show their roots by playing the songs that mean the most to them – the songs that influenced their rise to fame.
What do you think?
How does Chris’ version compare to the class Whitley version?