Chris Young Celebrates Chart-Topper “Who I Am With You”


Pictured (L-R): Marv Green, Chris Young, Paul Jenkins, Jason Sellers. Photo: Rick Diamond

It’s been about two years since Chris Young last topped the charts, but his latest single “Who I Am With You” ended the drought, becoming his sixth No. 1 song.  A party was held at the CMA building on Music Row in Nashville to honor Young and the writers Marv Green, Paul Jenkins and Jason Sellers. Bradley Collins with BMI recognized both Green and Jenkins for their co-write on the song, which is Green’s sixth No. 1 and Jenkins’ fifth.

“Songs go where they belong,” says Green. “And this song belonged to Chris Young.”

This also marks the sixth No. 1 song penned by Sellers, who has also written hits recorded by Randy Houser, Jason Aldean, Joe Nichols, Brooks & Dunn and more. ASCAP’s LeAnn Phelan was on hand to honor Sellers.

Producer James Stroud was also recognized during the event and congratulated for his work on 133 No. 1 songs. He humbly acknowledged Young as a “true artist” and one of the purest voices in Country Music.

Young took his time to thank everyone involved with writing and producing the song, and those who worked to get it to No. 1.

“It’s been a while since our last No. 1, but I am thankful to have another one,” he said.

Others speaking at the event included representatives from CMA, CRS, Avenue Bank (who made a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on behalf of the songwriters), Sony/ATV, ASCAP, and THiS Music.

Picured, Standing (L-R):  BMI's Bradley Collins, CMA's Brenden Oliver, ASCAP's Mike Sistad, This Music's Rusty Gaston, RCA Nashville's Josh Easler, Warner/Chappell's Ben Vaughn, Sony Music Nashville Chairman/CEO Gary Overton, Sony/ATV Tree's Troy Tomlinson, ASCAP's LeAnn Phelan, Producer James Stroud, BMI's Jody Williams, CMA's Damon Whiteside Seated (L-R): Marv Green, Chris Young, Paul Jenkins, Jason Sellers

Picured, Standing (L-R): BMI’s Bradley Collins, CMA’s Brenden Oliver, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, This Music’s Rusty Gaston, RCA Nashville’s Josh Easler, Warner/Chappell’s Ben Vaughn, Sony Music Nashville Chairman/CEO Gary Overton, Sony/ATV Tree’s Troy Tomlinson, ASCAP’s LeAnn Phelan, Producer James Stroud, BMI’s Jody Williams, CMA’s Damon Whiteside. Seated (L-R): Marv Green, Chris Young, Paul Jenkins, Jason Sellers


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Troy Stephenson is The CountryBreakout Chart Director at MusicRow. He comes to Nashville with 10+ years in Radio Promotions.

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