It’s been a big year for Chris Young, who got New Artist nominations from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association and is up for his first Grammy Award for “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song).”
But one other major moment came when he recorded “Love Don’t Let Me Down,” a duet with Patty Loveless that appears on the Country Strong soundtrack. The movie, which stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, comes out nationally Jan. 7, and the duet is something of a milestone for Chris.
“I never thought I’d be able to sing on a movie soundtrack or sing with Patty Loveless,” Chris notes. “It’s cool how more and more of that stuff is coming together and really happening in my career, and it’s nice to be able to say that.”
“Love Don’t Let Me Down” was actually the original title of Country Strong, and Chris had the good fortune to get his hands on the song. It seemed like it needed to be a duet, and then it came down to finding the right person to put her voice on it.
“When we originally kind of threw everything around, somebody brought up the name Patty Loveless,” he remembers. “I was like, ‘She’s not gonna do a duet we me. She doesn’t even know me.’ And so [we] ended up gettin’ in touch with her through the label, and you know, it was kind of cool, ‘cause she was interested in doin’ it and heard the song and liked the song. And man, [I’m] just so glad it came together. You know, one, this is my first time ever bein’ on a movie soundtrack, and then, two, to be able to have it be a really cool song with somebody that I admire in the music industry is nice.”
Chris and Patty are not alone in Country Strong. There are more than 50 songs used in the movie, and 13 of them appear on the soundtrack album, including performances by Ronnie Dunn, Trace Adkins, Sara Evans and Lee Ann Womack. And Gwyneth sang the title track with backing vocals by Patty Griffin and Vince Gill.