RCA Records Nashville artist and former Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) student CHRIS YOUNG celebrated the season of giving today (Nov. 28) by creating an annual scholarship for recording industry students at his alma mater.
“MTSU helped to give me a foundation for the music business and I want this scholarship to help other students who are looking to take a similar path,” said Young, a native of Murfreesboro, TN.
Young’s gift will allow MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry to award a yearly scholarship, starting this fall, for a rising junior or senior.
“Chris has remained a loyal and connected MTSU alum through the years,” said Joe Bales, Vice President of University Advancement. “He’s returned to perform several times in MTSU’s Murphy Center as his music career ascended and remains generous with his time and talent, even donating some of his touring audio equipment and accessories a few years ago.”
Young, who just released his first Christmas album, It Must Be Christmas, continues to give back along his remaining 2016 “I’m Comin Over Tour” stops. Starting Nov. 17 and running through Dec. 10, fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy or book to his concerts, with everything donated to Toys For Tots in the local market.
ABOUT CHRIS YOUNG: With five albums to his credit, CMA Musical Event of the Year nominee Chris Young has amassed eight No. 1 singles, and fifteen Gold/Platinum certifications. Among the RCA Records artist’s hits are “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Think Of You,” a duet with Cassadee Pope, Young’s latest No. 1 and fastest-rising single of his career. Released in November of 2015 and debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, Young’s first co-produced album, I’m Comin’ Over, also includes the new single, “Sober Saturday Night” featuring Vince Gill and the PLATINUM certified, three-week No. 1 smash title track. The single and album earned him four ACM Awards nominations, including his first in the coveted Album of the Year category as both the artist and producer, and a Billboard Music Awards nomination for Top Country Song. He’s recently embarked on the second leg of his headlining “I’m Comin’ Over Tour,” with 25 shows from coast-to-coast and just released his highly anticipated, first Christmas album, It Must Be Christmas. The 10-song collection includes a mix of Christmas classics and two original songs and features collaborations with Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley and Boyz II Men.
ABOUT MTSU’s DEPARTMENT OF RECORDING INDUSTRY: The Department of Recording industry in MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment has been consistently recognized by The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Magazine as one of the top programs in the world. Undergrad majors can focus on audio production, commercial songwriting or music business. A Master of Fine Arts degree in recording arts and technologies prepares MTSU graduate students for advanced work in audio production, recording and integrated electronic media.