Sat Sep 23 01:05:13 EDT 2017
Glance at Chris Janson’s impressive resume so far: one platinum single and a hot new song rocketing up the charts. A much-anticipated second album that he co-wrote from start to finish. And, to top it off, crazy harmonica skills and a riveting stage style that makes you wonder if he’s the love child of Loretta Lynn and Mick Jagger.
So why in the world does Janson describe himself as just an ordinary, everyday kind of guy?
“I pride myself in trying to be that,” says the 31-year-old artist, “because I’ve really never known any different … I’ve always just wanted to try to write songs for normal, everyday people, like myself … I don’t ever want to be different.”
It’s this outlook that provides the backbone of the new album, Everybody, that debuts Friday. The title comes from one of the 12 tracks, but it has a larger meaning for Janson: “I wrote it for everybody.”
And this time around, that includes himself – which is a change, he says, from his debut album.
“I write a lot of songs for my friends,” says Janson, who’s had cuts with Tim McGraw, LOCASH, and Randy Houser, among others.
“This one I took the time to write for me. And I don’t ever get to do that. I always write for other people in the mindset of a songwriter and then just take what’s left over, generally. This time – hunh-hunh. After I tasted the success of what it could be like to have a successful artist career, it’s very motivating.”
The result is an album rich with autobiographical material that reflects the range of Janson’s personality, as well as his musical dexterity. His new single, “Fix a Drink,” of course, taps into the same redneck vein he mined for his 2015 hit “Buy Me a Boat.” So does “Redneck Life” (of course) and “Who’s Your Farmer,” the rollicking song that kicks off the album.
Janson’s roots really are rural – he grew up in a small farming town in eastern Missouri – but if there’s any question about his redneck bona fides, how’s this: He says he actually wrote “Who’s Your Farmer” over the phone with a co-writer while perched on the seat of a John Deere tractor.
“I own a couple farms, and we do farm now, my friends and I,” he explains. “We do a lot more hunting and fishing than anything, but we farm. We planted 50 acres of corn this year, and we’ll do about 75 acres of turnips, rye and oats and those kinds of things.”
Other songs on the album – notably “Bein’ A Dad” and “Eyes for Nobody” – poignantly speak to Janson’s well-documented devotion to his wife, Kelly, their 3-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter and his two grown stepchildren – or, as he calls them, his “bonus kids.”
“Preschool, kindergarten, college, out of college,” he says, assessing his unusual and sometimes frazzling family life with a shake of the head and a smile. “Just not enough Mountain Dew in the world.”
The one album cut that’s definitely not autobiographical – “Drunk Girl” – is still very much grounded in Janson’s nature. The lyrics to the heart-piercing ballad, which is destined to be a single, tell the story of a man who delivers the “drunk girl” home to “let her sleep all alone.” The chorus assures: “That’s how she knows the difference between a boy and a man.”
The idea came from co-writer Tom Douglas, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, and Janson tapped into it “from a dad’s perspective.” In the handful of times he’s performed it so far, Janson says, “you could hear a pin drop in the room, and people are weeping. It’s crazy.” He says he’s also started receiving social-media messages from fans thanking him “for bringing light to a subject that nobody ever talks about” and for “writing a song that’s not just another hookup song.”
Janson is now taking all of the new album’s moods out on the road for a headlining tour that stretches into February. He says he writes for the “two types of people” in his audiences: listeners and “party people.” Both, he says, are flip sides to his own personality – just as his laidback off-stage manner is a counterpoint to his live-wire performances.
Janson’s wife, he says, teasingly calls him “Jekyll and Hyde,” but his on-stage ecstasies, he stresses, aren’t a put-on: “I’m absolutely being myself. It’s just a different frame of mind. I don’t fake anything. It’s all real … I feel like I was born to do this. There’s no better way of putting it. I feel like I was born to do it. I have no regrets in saying that. I
Fri Sep 22 23:55:14 EDT 2017
It’s the moment every parent looks forward to.
DJ Khaled, 41, shared an adorable video on Instagram Thursday, showing off the moment his 11-month-old son said his first word.
“WHEN I HEAR MY SON FIRST WORDS IT PUT TEARS IN MY EYES…” he wrote in the caption. “MY SON @asahdkhaled I LOVE YOU SO MUCH !”
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In the video, Asahd lies on his father’s chest, holding a pacifier in his hand and staring at the camera as he says, “Daddy.”
“Dada,” DJ Khaled repeats.
On Friday night, the record producer shared another photo, this time of himself with a raised arm and the caption, “I AM THE FATHER OF ASAHD !#HIPHOPDAD.”
In August, the father of one opened up on Instagram about how his son helped him overcome his fear of flying.
“I haven’t flown in 10 years. In 10 years!” he said with Asahd perched on his lap. “That’s the only thing I had was fear of flying. Asahd made me overcome my fear of flying.”
He then turned to the little boy and said, “I love you.”
About a month after welcoming the little boy, Khaled told PEOPLE that fatherhood suits him well.
“There’s nothing hard about it. Every moment I get a chance to be with my son is such an amazing moment,” he said. “This is something that you’re supposed to be grateful for and embrace.”
Aaron Carter Says He Wants ‘Stress Free Life’ in First Statements Since Entering Rehab: ‘No One Could’ve Forced Me’Fri Sep 22 23:55:12 EDT 2017
“I would like to tell all of you that I will be disappearing for a while to work on myself,” the singer, 29, said in a series of 10-plus statements on Twitter Friday evening. “Most importantly my stressors haven’t subsided with family and this year has been crazy and I need some time off from all of it. Going to get strong. And deal with my stress conditions and get better.”
The star, who last released the single “Sooner or Later” off his EP, LØVË in January, also announced he will soon premiere an updated version of his 2000 hit “I Want Candy” on Oct. 27.
Earlier that same day, Carter’s rep, Steve Honig, confirmed to PEOPLE that the younger brother of Nick Carter checked into rehab to “improve his health and work on his overall wellness.”
The news comes the day after police were summoned to his home for a welfare check after a neighbor called authorities after a concerning FaceTime conversation, according to papers obtained by PEOPLE. Carter’s “words were slurred and did not make sense,” and his “skin color was off,” according to the neighbor.
“It’s time to say goodbye, I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure and a stress free life,” he said.
In following tweets, Carter seemingly announced he will also be taking a break from social media until 2018.
“See you guys later. This social media stuff isn’t for me. I’ll see you next year I’m taking a break from this s—,” he said in one tweet, adding in another: “Talk to y’all in 2018.”
His final string of posts were definite farewells to Twitter.
“Take care. I’m done with this social media crap and the lies. It’s tearing me up inside. Goodbye twitter. Nice knowing ya,” Carter said. “Twitter will no longer be apart of my exsistence . Don’t worry this is my last tweet. Take care. I’ll miss y’all. You were like my family,” he wrote in a follow-up.
Carter has been plagued by personal problems – and defended himself against allegations of drug and alcohol abuse after a July DUI incident.
Earlier this month, authorities visited his home three times in a 24-hour period after an individual reported that he had attempted to buy a gun and threatened to harm his family members. Additionally, he rear-ended a driver in Florida over Labor Day weekend and was cited for two misdemeanor violations, according to The Blast.
A former publicist for the star told PEOPLE at the time that Carter has had problems that “stemmed from his childhood.”