Country music star Chris Young is still comin’ over. He’s just been delayed a bit.
After being struck down with a strep throat infection that forced Young to cancel concert dates, including one in Rochester, Young’s concert tour through Minnesota is back on track. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native, who struck it big by winning television’s “Nashville Star” contest in 2006, will bring his “I’m Comin’ Over Tour” to Rochester on Friday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. atMayo Civic Center Arena.
“I never want to disappoint you guys, but I don’t have a choice due to strep throat,” Young said back in December. “I can promise you we’ll have a big night when I’m back in January.”
That big night also will include Nashville artist Eric Paslay, who has notched five No. 1 hits, including “Friday Night” from his self-titled debut album, and Clare Dunn, who was recently on tour with Bob Seger and whose guitar playing has drawn comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Keith Urban.
Like many musical artists, Young got his big break by winning a TV talent contest, but his career has been sustained on the strength of a string of hit songs. Soon after signing a recording contract, Young scored his first No. 1 single, “Getting’ You Home (The Black Dress Song).”
That was followed by series of Top 10 songs, including “The Man I Want to be,” “Aw Now,” “You,” “Who I Am with You,” “Lonely Eyes” and, most recently, “I’m Comin’ Over.”
Having now released four albums, Young has scored six No. 1 sings and performed for audiences ranging from “Good Morning America” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” His baritone is now familiar to audiences as far and wide as Dublin and Australia.
Young began performing at an early age, from children’s theater productions to his high school choir and local clubs. But mishaps have occasionally intervened to disrupt his concert dates.
In August 2013, Young began to go into septic shock from bacterial infection, the result of a cut in his leg, while on tour in Montana. Surgery forced a brief hiatus of his tour schedule.
In June 2014, Young canceled a performance at the CMA Music Festival after cutting his left hand with a kitchen knife. Surgery was needed to reconnect tendons in his hand.
But performing has always been in his DNA. While attending college, Young performed more than 150 shows a year.
Young also will be performing in Green Bay on Jan. 7 and Duluth on Jan. 9.