Chris Janson just took his Top 40 hit, “Bye Mom,” to The Kelly Clarkson Show. The Missouri native gave a stellar acoustic performance of the song, which is from his forthcoming All In album, out on April 29.
Janson wrote “Bye Mom” with Brandon Kinney, inspired by the loss of Kinney’s own mother.
“When you’re crying more than you’re writing in a co-write, you know you’ve got something,” Janson tells People of writing he song. “The loss of Brandon’s mother is what sparked it and created the moment. And as unfortunate as that is, it’s also an incredibly humbling privilege to be able to take her legacy, let it live on, and honestly make it not even about her or us, but make it about everybody.”Janson woke up in the middle of the night with the idea for “Bye Mome,”
It was Janson who had the idea to write “Bye Mom,” which occurred to him while he was trying to sleep.
“I sat up in the middle of the night and texted Brandon,” Janson recalls. “I said, ‘Dude, you got to call me as soon as you get up.’ So, around the 8:00 hour, he buzzed me, and I told him about the song. And that day, we got on Zoom and we wrote the song. It was the most powerful co-write I’ve ever been a part of.”
“The title ‘All In’ epitomizes this album,” Janson says of the record. “There are all kind of songs on this project, but they all flow together because they are genuine to me. I went all in on every part of the process, from writing to singing to playing to producing. I feel like it’s my best, most true-to-myself album to date.”
Janson just dropped “Cold Beer Truth” from the project. The video features several guests, including his own family (and new puppy), Kid Rock, former University of Alabama football player and entrepreneur John Cassimus, and fisherman Bill Dance. NASCAR’s Richard Childress also appears as a special tribute to Dale Earnhardt.
Pre-order All In and find tour dates at ChrisJanson.com.