Chris Young Previews New Album With Release Of ‘Looking For You’ And ‘All Dogs Go To Heaven’

Young says his next album is “pretty much done.”

By

Madeleine O’Connell

| Posted on

January 13, 2023

Share on:

Chris Young; Photo Provided

Chris Young has stepped into a realm of vulnerability with his two new songs, “Looking For You” and “All Dogs Go To Heaven.” Both tracks give a unique insight into the country star’s personal life, which he generally tries to keep under wraps as much as possible. 

Although he strives to maintain his privacy while living in the limelight, Young revealed that more often than not, his real-life experiences still tend to follow him into the writing room. This was made clear through both of these recent releases.

Chris Young – Looking For You

“I will say, yeah, there’s totally times where a relationship or a situation I’ve been in influenced my songs, and I think that’s important because it comes from a place of realism. I can sing it and mean it,” he told Country Now and other media outlets. 

“Looking For You,” which is officially set to impact Country Radio on Monday, January 23, wasn’t necessarily written about anyone in particular, according to Young, but it does reflect a similar position that he and many others have found themselves in before.

@chrisyoungmusic

It’s “Looking For You” out 1/13/2023

♬ original sound – Chris Young

The Tennessee native bears full transparency through his mid-tempo, candid lyrics, and love-driven vocals as he depicts the excitement that comes from a run-in with love at first sight.  

“This actually just came from a place of, you know, sometimes you’re looking for love and can’t find it. Then sometimes you’re like, I give up and it just smacks you in the face like a freight train outta nowhere,” Young said illustrating the concept behind his new tune. “I think a lot of people have been through that before where they just see somebody walk in, even if they’re not looking for it, they just find someone and it’s like, this is perfect. So that was kind of the genesis of the idea of this song.”

YouTube video

The “Famous Friends” singer also let his emotional guard down in his second new release of the week titled, “All Dogs Go To Heaven.” Co-written by Young with Corey Crowder and Cale Dodds, this sentimental track was inspired by his general love and appreciation for man’s best friend, but particularly, his 5-year-old dog, Porter.

Young shared that Porter was a surprise Christmas gift from his younger sister back in 2017, and now he’s grown into a “115-pound tank of a German Shepherd” that still holds a special place in Young’s heart.

The song speaks on the painful knowledge that one day, our beloved pets will no longer be around. Although it can be a tough pill to swallow for any pet owner, Young adds a bit of comfort to the reality as he predicts a future reunion with his soothing vocals. 

“I think, just regardless of whether you have, big dogs, small dog, whatever pet of any kind, you can kind of get the point of all dogs go to heaven because it’s just, you know, they’re probably not gonna outlive us,” he said truthfully. “So I think everybody doesn’t want to think about that, but you know that that’s gonna be something you’re gonna have to deal with at some point. It’s just the idea of, you know, they’ll be waiting on you when you get up there.”

YouTube video

He added, “I think we knew at the end of that day we had something that regardless of if this is ever, you know, a major single or anything else, I think it’s going to impact people. And I think it’s something that’s really special. So it fits a different lane on this record, and that was something I was going for.”

New Album

Both of these new songs give fans a glimpse into Young’s forthcoming album. While he has yet to unveil any concrete details surrounding the next project, he did tease that it’s in the works and could actually be ready at any moment. Young also shared that unlike his last critically acclaimed record, “Famous Friends,” there will most likely be little to no collaborations on his next set of music.

“There may be one that I’m looking at right now, but I’ve got my record pretty much done. I can drop a record tomorrow if I wanted to,” he said before adding, “I’m in that place where I’m ready to go and really just happy and excited.”

When it came time to choose which tracks to release as the very first taste of the album, Young found it relatively easy to pull “All Dogs Go To Heaven” and “Looking For You,” out of the batch. He even went as far as to say that these are some of his favorite songs he’s ever written.

 “’All Dogs Go to Heaven’ is one of my favorites because it’s just different, it’s not something that I’ve done before. And on the other side of the coin, ‘Looking For You’ is a love song. That’s one of the things that really helped make me who I am as an artist,” Young reflected. “It’s sort of my bread and butter.” 

Chris Young; Photo by Erika Goldring, Getty Images for CMT
Chris Young; Photo by Erika Goldring, Getty Images for CMT

Young is known for incorporating plenty of tender-hearted romance in his tracks, and “Looking For You” has officially joined the catalog, which also includes songs like “I’m Comin’ Over,” “Tomorrow,” and “Losing Sleep.”  

“It’s also a different way to say, ‘I love you.’ And anytime you can write that or find that, I think that’s one of those things that makes it really special,” he continued. “So hopefully, everybody else loves it as much as I do, and the people I wrote it with do, and all the people at the label do. Cause God knows that you always want that to happen.”

Chris Young; Photo Courtesy of CMA
Chris Young; Photo Courtesy of CMA

As of now, Chris Young hasn’t announced any official touring plans for 2023, but based on what he has shared so far, fans have plenty to look forward to.

The country star is next scheduled to appear in Verona, NY on January 27 and then Gilbert, AZ on March 18 for the Boots In The Park festival. 

Share on:

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.