Chris Janson Shares Heartwarming On-Stage Moment With Fan While Singing His Multi-Platinum Hit ‘Buy Me A Boat’

Janson delivered a boost of positive energy to the audience with this performance.


Madeleine O’Connell

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December 11, 2023


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Chris Janson with fan; Photos via TikTok

Chris Janson experienced an incredibly special moment with a fan during his show at the 95.5 The Bull Santa Jam in Las Vegas over the weekend. 

As he prepared to sing his multi-platinum hit “Buy Me A Boat,” Janson decided he wanted to incorporate his audience by inviting one lucky fan on stage to help him deliver the tune. In the clip posted to TikTok, viewers see the country star taking the lead on the vocals and guitar, while the fan donning a cowboy hat and a “Buy Me A Boat” t-shirt danced and sang along to the lyrics. At the same time, he also delivered a boost of positive energy to the audience.

Towards the end of the video, Janson and his new friend throw their arms up in a matching pose, causing Janson to embrace him in a tight hug and say “I like you.” Together, they finished off the final chorus of the song that appears as the title track of Janson’s 2015 album. 

Written by Janson and his good friend and publisher Chris DuBois, “Buy Me a Boat” finds the Missouri native disputing the saying, money can’t buy happiness, as he dreams of the things he could purchase if he had “a couple million dollars,” like a boat and a “truck to pull it.” Since its release, the song has continued to be a fan-favorite among Chris Janson’s fanbase and beyond.

Getting Into The Christmas Spirit With A Cover Of ‘Holiday Road’

Chris Janson - Holiday Road
Chris Janson – Holiday Road

Most recently, Janson dropped his cover of the holiday classic, “Holiday Road” via Big Machine Label Group and Janson’s Harpeth 60. Serving as a producer alongside Julian Raymond, Janson put his own spin with his rockin’ vocals and skills as an epic drummer. 

“Holiday Road” was written by legendary Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham for the timeless movie National Lampoon’s Vacation which premiered in 1983. While it is traditionally performed during the festive season, it can be played any time of the year as the boot-stopping beat never fails to get listeners on their feet and in a jolly mood. 

Since it was featured in the beloved movie, the song also is reflective of some treasured memories for many people including Janson, as he expressed in a recent statement. 

“I’ve always loved Christmas Vacation, the movie. This song reminds me of that. Hope everyone loves it. I also played drums on this track!”

Chris Janson; Photo by Allen Clark/NBC
Chris Janson; Photo by Allen Clark/NBC

Chris Janson got the chance to showcase his rendition of “Holiday Road” on the Christmas at the Opry special that aired on NBC on December 7 as well as “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” which premiered Sunday, Nov. 26 on ABC. He will bring the song to the stage once again on December 16 for Fox & Friends, the daily morning news and talk program that airs on Fox News.

Headlining “CMT Crossroads: Bret Michaels & Chris Janson”

Then on December 20, Janson will join forces with rock icon Bret Michaels to headline the latest installment of “CMT Crossroads: Bret Michaels & Chris Janson.” This will mark the first time these two artists from differing genres come together for an on-stage collaboration dubbed a true “Rock n’ Country’ party.” 

Viewers will see the pair reflect on their careers by exchanging stories and performing a selection of each other’s biggest hits including Michaels’ “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Talk Dirty To Me” and “Your Mama Don’t Dance” and Janson’s No. 1s “Fix a Drink,” “Good Vibes” (both platinum) and 4x platinum “Buy Me A Boat.”

“CMT Crossroads with my friend Chris Janson was a bucket list and nothing but a good time,” Michaels shared of the event. “We brought nothing but hits and an absolute game-changer of fun, big energy and what may be the biggest, rowdiest & most good-time lovin’ fans. This will be a music history-making event so tune in December 20th and get ready for your chance to see Chris & I on my Parti-Gras Mardi Gras 2024 Tour.”

Janson added, “This Crossroads is pure rock and roll. What a blast to do this with a hero and friend, Bret Michaels. Two good buddies, having nothing but a good time, literally. Tune in, and turn it up!”

Margaret Comeaux (CMT) and John Hamlin (Switched On Entertainment) serve as Executive Producers alongside Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino who are Executives in Charge of Production. Leslie Fram is the Executive in Charge of Talent.

CMT’s critically acclaimed music series is set to premiere Wednesday, December 20 at 9p/8c with an immediate encore at 10p/9c. The episode will air live on and CMT VOD on Thursday, December 21st followed by premieres on CMT Music and MTV Live.


  • Saturday, 12/23 at 12p/11c (CMT)
  • Sunday, 12/24 at 8p/7c (MTV Live) 
  • Wednesday, 12/27 at 8p/7c (MTV Live) 
  • Saturday, 12/30 at 9p (CMT Music) 
  • Sunday, 12/31 at 8p(CMT Music)

To see a full list of Chris Janson’s upcoming performances, visit his official website HERE.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.