Chris Janson has announced that his third studio album will drop this fall. Titled Real Friends, the project will be released on Oct. 18. The singer-songwriter says it’s his favorite album of his to date.
“I made with Real Friends with actual real friends,” he says in a statement. “I produced the album with real friends, wrote all the songs with real friends, took all the photos for the project with my best friend and wife, Kelly, and I also have a huge collaboration on this album with one of my favorite ‘Ole’ friends!"
He adds, "I’m more excited about music now than I have been in all of my career. Thank you to my fans, who truly are my real friends and helped me get where I am today.”
An official track listing has not been revealed, but the project will include Janson’s current single “Good Vibes.” Penned with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, the feel-good song is the lead track from the album. In a previous interview with Billboard, Janson said "Good Vibes" set the tone for the record.
"I’m extraordinarily happy that we picked this for the first single because] it sort of set the tone for the rest of the album, which is very positive and uplifting and is full of a lot of smiles and happiness,” Janson told Billboard. “Not to say that my other albums have not been that way, but this one has really set a new tone and I’m really proud of that.”
"Good Vibes" follows Janson's past singles “Fix a Drink,” “Drunk Girl” and his breakthrough hit “Buy Me a Boat.” Previously released tracks from the forthcoming album include “Say About Me” and “Waitin’ on 5.”