Story Behind the Song: Chris Young, ‘Losing Sleep’
The debut single from and title track of Chris Young's sixth studio album, "Losing Sleep," was written by Young, along with his frequent collaborators Chris DeStefano and Josh Hoge. Surprisingly, however, the writing session that led to "Losing Sleep" was the first time that all three men had sat down together to collaborate on a song.
Below, Young shares the story behind "Losing Sleep" with The Boot.
I had written a lot of songs with Chris DeStefano; I love that guy -- so insanely talented. And I had written, obviously, a lot of songs with Josh Hoge, but the three of us had not gotten together. I was like, "Man, I just think that combination would be really, really cool."
I asked Chris, "Hey, do you mind writing at the end of the year?" Because some people don’t -- some people shut it down; they need to take time. I was really in a mode where I wanted to keep writing and felt like I had some stuff to say. He was like, "Man, I’m fine with that. We’ll get in and see what we get."
That was our first co-write, the three of us together. So we were like, "Okay, this works. This is cool." It was one of those songs that, even though it was a little different from some of the stuff I’ve done in the past, sonically, I loved that song so much, and it really stayed there for that entire two years, until we got to here. I’m going, "That one’s got to be a single. It’s got to at some point." And, obviously, we led off the record with it.
“Losing Sleep": great title for a tour name and an album and everything else. As much as I can joke about having insomnia and never sleeping because I’m a musician, it works in a lot of ways.
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