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Chris Janson played the Nissan Stadium stage for the first time with his own set last night (6/9) at CMA Fest.

Before he took the stage he talked about playing CMA Fest for free which all artists do to raise money for music education. As Chris shared with us, he himself was once a music educator, “A lot of people don’t know this about me but a long time ago before ‘Buy Me A Boat’ in the summertime for two summers I taught a thing called ‘Kids on Stage’ right outside of Franklin, Tennessee I taught harmonica classes. I got into it for extra money, but once I got into it it changed my life, it changed my whole view on music and I knew there was much of a purpose to why I was there.”

He continued, “And I still to this very day will be around Franklin with my wife and I’ll have kids who are now young adults come up to me going, ‘Hey Mr. Janson what’s up?’ These were fifth and sixth graders and they were teaching me so much. If you really listen to kids they can teach you so much more than you can ever think about teaching them as an adult. It’s pretty awesome.”

-Nancy Brooks