Aw Naw

Album: A.M. (2013)
Charted: 45
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Songfacts®:

  • The first single from Chris Young's fourth album, A.M., was penned by the singer with Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano. Other hit tunes that Nashville songwriters Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano have penned together include Carrie Underwood's "Good Girl" and Billy Currington's "Hey Girl."
  • The song's music video, which was directed by Chris Hicky, was shot on location in Nashville and includes Young's band members. The clip reflects the country party song's exuberant mood. "With a song like 'Aw Naw,' you have to have a fun music video," said the singer. "The night we shot the video we didn't wrap until 4 am but we had a lot of laughs and pulled a few pranks but we stayed hydrated with aw naw juice."
  • Young told Taste of Country that Chris DeStefano came up with the title of the song, and at first the singer thought it was ridiculous. "You're gonna have to tell people how to spell that," he told his co-writing partner.
  • Young told Billboard magazine that the pacing of some of the A.M. cuts is a little bit more progressive than his three past albums. "Where a lot of people will notice it is on the tempo stuff on this record. I really felt like I've had a few up tempo songs at radio, but really nothing aggressive," he said. "My tempos were always 'Voices' or 'You,' which are really more mid. I had a pretty good handle on mids and ballads and what I wanted to say with them. I felt I had locked in where I could do those well. I always felt like the tempos were the album cuts, so I really went after that on this record with James Stroud.

    Young added that he really paid close attention to the tempo on this song. "It's very different than what we've put out before, but still very much me, and something I would say. It's not anything too out there, just a fun party song," he said. "That was the thought process going in from the very get go, was to do something sonically different on this record."

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