How Chris Janson Became 'Real Friends' With Offset and Blake Shelton

Inside the Country star's new album and collaborations

October 30, 2019
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We caught up with Chris Janson in the RADIO.COM Theater to talk about his new album Real Friends, collaborating with Migos rapper Offset and Blake Shelton, and much more.

Chris currently has the #1 country song in America with "Good Vibes" and spoke about how he wrote and recorded that song, as well as the rest of the album in his home. He explains that when he took his new songs to the label, they loved it and said to, "just keep doing what you're doing," which for Janson was "just making songs at the house." We also learn that he's good friends with all of the co-writers and even his wife has a writing credit on one of the songs.

Janson explains that his perpetual "good vibe" is due to his Christian faith, his great marriage, and his kids being awesome and healthy. "Music comes after those things," he says. "I also happen to love my work and my job."

When asked about "Say About Me," Chris says he wrote the song because he wanted to write, "something between Hank Jr. in '83 and Migos." He explains during the writing process the label asked if he would be open to doing a collaboration, which he doesn't usually do. He told the label, "I'll only do a collab with Migos, specifically Offset."

Funny enough, once the label reached out and Offset agreed, the two ran into each other two months later in Los Angeles at a Shake Shack while they were in line waiting to order some hamburgers.

Janson explains that he and Offset have a lot in common. "We come from two different worlds, but we come from similar situations," he says. "We're both very thankful and we both come from not a whole lot. We both started from the bottom and built everything from a grassroots way and made our deal to what it is today."

Another collaboration you'll find on Real Friends is the title track with Chris and Blake Shelton. Janson explains that even though they are good friends, he went through the proper channels to get him on the track. He didn't want to call him as a friend and ask him to be on the record because he was worried about putting his friend in an awkward situation. "Collaborating with Blake or Offset isn't me needing something from them... it's strictly on an artistic basis. I felt in my heart that Blake was the best to collaborate with on this song."

"When I play music, I love the camaraderie. I'm glad for my friends when they get number one songs and I'm thankful when they're glad for me too, but don't think they don't want it and don't think that I don't want it." Chris explains that he prays for humility and tries to only pay attention to himself and not distract himself with how good his peers are doing. But sometimes, you can't help it.

Real Friends is now available everywhere.