These days, Chris Young is riding high with his fourth consecutive number one single, ‘Tomorrow,’ and a new hit album, ‘Neon.’ But life wasn’t always so rosy for the onetime ‘Nashville Star’ winner.

In fact, before Young released his first hit single, ‘Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),’ he had to deal with the news that his father had been diagnosed with cancer. Though he’s healthy now, dealing with those highs and lows has helped keep Young grounded during the more glamorous moments of his career.

“I think all the stuff that’s happened definitely has influenced my songwriting, and where I want to be headed as an artist and as a songwriter in the future,” Young reflected during the recent party to celebrate ‘Tomorrow’ hitting number one.

Young continued by saying, “When you get to celebrate stuff this big and this exiting, you realize all of the work you’ve put into it. Days like today, that’s really all that we’re doing … we’re just celebrating all of that, and then tomorrow you’ve got to come up with something else to start building on. Then, hopefully in another three or four months, we’re celebrating again. That’s a great feeling.

“I always say that I was the kid who would do the five-year plan, so in five years I have to have this done, this done, this done and this done, and try to make it happen,” he went on to say. “I find that once I check something off, I realize I have to come up with something else. I’m one of those people who will never get tired of trying to top anything that I’ve done before. It’s almost that much more exciting because you know that that’s accessible to you.”

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