Chris Young teamed up with Gavin DeGraw for a new episode of CMT Crossroads, airing this Friday (Dec. 13) on CMT. The country singer joined forces with the pop star for the popular CMT series, where the pair traded verses on many of their hits as well as poked fun at each other throughout the taping.
During a powerful performance of Young’s latest single “Drowning,” which Billboard is premiering the video for today (Dec. 11), the show took an emotional turn as Young sang of the death of his friend. Accompanied by DeGraw on piano, the stripped down collaboration gave the song new meaning to Young as well as many of his fans in the audience who could be seen wiping away tears throughout the clip.
“To see other people put people that they've lost into that and make that song theirs and make that something that means the world to them because they're thinking about someone that they knew, I think it is the highest compliment you can get when you write a song like that,” Young tells Billboard. “Being able to pull that emotion out of people on a live TV taping when it's you and a friend sitting down on piano and the two of us trading back and forth on that song to still carry that weight for people is a huge compliment. It was just a very, very magical point of that night for me.”