Watch A Sneak Peek Of Chris Young And Gavin DeGraw On ‘CMT Crossroads’

Country hitmaker Chris Young and pop/rock artist Gavin DeGraw recently joined forces for a taping of CMT Crossroads, and today,…


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December 4, 2019


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Country hitmaker Chris Young and pop/rock artist Gavin DeGraw recently joined forces for a taping of CMT Crossroads, and today, CMT announced plans to air the much-anticipated musical pairing on December 13.

To get fans hyped for the show, the network released a sneak peek of Young and DeGraw’s performance of DeGraw’s massive hit, “I Don’t Want To Be.” The song was featured on DeGraw’s 2003 debut album, Chariot, and was the theme song of the hit show One Tree Hill.

Check out Young and DeGraw’s performance of “I Don’t Want To Be” below.

Young was thrilled for the opportunity to team up with DeGraw.

“He’s just … a great guy and a phenomenal vocalist,” Young previously shared of DeGraw with The Tennesseean. “He’s had so many hits, and he’s just someone I wanted to collaborate with. This is just the perfect time for us to get together and kind of riff on each other’s songs and have a good time with it.”

DeGraw, who best known for hits such as “Not Over You,” “I Don’t Want To Be” and “Chariot,” is no stranger to country collaborations. He previously recorded a song with his longtime friend Brett Young and even joined Shania Twain on her Rock This Country Tour in 2015.

Fans can tune in to CMT Crossroads on December 13th at 10/9c on CMT.

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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.