Chris Young’s ‘Drowning’ Music Video Will Wreck You

Chris Young just released the music video for his latest single, “Drowning,” and it’s his most heartwrenching video to date….


Lauren Jo Black

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September 23, 2019


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Chris Young, Drowning; Photo Courtesy the Artist

Chris Young just released the music video for his latest single, “Drowning,” and it’s his most heartwrenching video to date.

The emotional clip opens with a shot of Young holding a photo of his late friend Adam Carnes, the man who inspired the song’s touching lyrics. Stunning performance shots are then intermixed with clips of people holding photos of their loved ones, making for an extremely touching and tear-inducing video.

“I’ve been so amazed at the reaction to this song,” shared Young. “I wrote it with two friends as a moment of healing and had no idea it would touch so many people before it was even chosen as a single. The video, combining so many personal moments alongside a live performance, totally embodies that and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”

Young makes his directorial debut with the “Drowning” music video, co-directing with Native 31 Films Producer and Director Jeff Johnson. To make the clip even more special, the people shown paying tribute to their spouses, children, parents, siblings and friends are Young’s fans, not actors. The singer/songwriter and his crew captured the footage at the Richmond, VA date of his Raised On Country World Tour 2019.

The beautiful performance footage, which showcases fans raising their phone lights to light up the arena, was captured during Young’s recent headlining performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas where his performance of “Drowning” was dedicated to the victims and survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy.

Anyone who has ever lost someone they love and relate to the touching song, which finds Young reminiscing about someone who was “taken way too soon.”

“So tonight I’m gonna pull out pictures / Ones with you in ’em / Laugh and cry a little while reminiscing by myself / I can’t help at all but think about it / How you were taken way too soon / It ain’t the same here without you / I’ve gotta say, missin’ you comes in waves / And tonight I’m drowning,” he sings throughout the chorus.

The deeply personal song follows the success of his latest single, “Raised On Country.” Written by Young alongside Corey Crowder and Josh Hoge, “Drowning” is at country radio now.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.