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Christopher Pierre Janson was born and raised in Missouri but moved to Nashville to pursue music the summer after finishing high school. A guitarist as well as a stellar harmonica player, Janson first made his mark as a songwriter, penning Tim McGraw's 2012 hit "Truck Yeah," and he's co-written with former Guns N' Roses members Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin, among others. He had released his first single, "'Til a Woman Comes Along," for BNA Records in 2010, but left the label when it was restructured. After signing with McGraw's Bigger Picture Music Group, he delivered a second single, "Better I Don't," produced by the legendary Keith Stegall, early in 2013. A self-titled EP followed later that year, which spent a week at number 47 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Another EP, Take It to the Bank, followed on Columbia Nashville in early 2014.
In early 2015, Janson released the single "Buy Me a Boat" without any label support. After receiving play on the nationally syndicated country radio program The Bobby Bones Show, the song climbed into the Top Ten of the country chart and earned Janson a deal with Warner Bros. in April, as well as a performance spot on the CMT Music Awards telecast that June. The full-length debut Buy Me a Boat followed in October. Alongside the title track came a pair of new singles, the rowdy "Power of Positive Drinkin'" and the heartfelt "Holdin' Her," both of which entered the Hot Country Songs chart. Meanwhile, the album climbed to number four in country and number 18 on the Billboard 200.
In early 2017, Janson released the single "Fix a Drink" in anticipation of the release of an EP of the same name, which arrived that July. A Top Ten country single, "Fix a Drink" also appeared on Everybody, his sophomore album, in September 2017. The latter debuted at number seven on the country albums chart. February 2019 saw Janson issue the energetic single "Good Vibes," following it with the upbeat love song "Done." Both of those songs topped the Country Airplay chart surrounding the October release of his third long-player, Real Friends, which went on to peak in the country Top 20. Janson then had a minor hit with "It Is Christmas" over the 2019 holidays.
He stripped his music down to its sinewy essence on All In, a 2022 record that featured duets with Eric Church, Rhett Akins, and Travis Tritt. It was preceded by the single "Bye Mom," an earnest tribute to his recently departed mother. Janson's next album was built to showcase all his stylistic traits. Released in June 2023, The Outlaw Side of Me was a varied set that mixed gritty swagger ("Tap That") with sentimental fare (the Dolly Parton- and Slash-assisted power ballad "21 Forever") and plenty in between. ~ Steve Leggett & Marcy Donelson