Twenty-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist Chris Young is the newest "Nashville Star," winning the fourth season of the USA Networks country talent series of that name last night (May 2).

Twenty-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist Chris Young is the newest "Nashville Star," winning the fourth season of the USA Networks country talent series of that name last night (May 2).

After beating nine other contestants on the "American Idol"-style show, Young has won a recording contract with Sony BMG Nashville, as well as a Chevy Silverado truck.

Although "Nashville Star" is a nationwide talent search, the winner in all four seasons has resided in the Nashville area. Young hails from nearby Murfreesboro, Tenn., although in recent months he has been fronting the house band at Cowboy's Dancehall in Arlington, Texas. He is also a college student, pursuing a bachelor's degree in recording industry management.

Young—who previously self-financed and independently released two studio albums and a Christmas album—has been assigned to RCA's roster. A first single is expected this summer with an album to follow in the fall.


Sony Music Nashville (now part of Sony BMG) was the show's partner for the first two seasons, bestowing record deals on Buddy Jewell and Brad Cotter. Last year's winner, Erika Jo, was signed to Universal South Records. She is working on her second album for that label.

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