When Chris Young wrote “Drowning” with his friends and frequent co-writers Corey Crowder and Josh Hoge, it was written about another one of his dear friends, Adam, who had passed away several years earlier. As personal as it was to Chris, it appears that the message of loss and the emotional waves that follow are universal to anyone who has suffered a loss.
Chris, who is making his directorial debut with the music video for “Drowning,” is putting faces on some of those who have said goodbye to their loved ones before they might have been ready.
Much of the video was filmed during a live performance in Las Vegas where the venue lights were dimmed leaving the space illuminated by only cell phone lights to honor the victims and survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting. However, some of the footage was captured backstage. In that footage, we see fans sharing photographs of their husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, siblings, children and friends. While some of the fans are somber or stoic, others are still wrought with emotion, and their grief only amplifies the mournful tone of the song.
Fan response has been overwhelmingly positive for the new video as comments pour in on social media. One young lady wrote, “When Chris Young said ‘missing you comes in waves and tonight I’m drowning’ I felt that” while another said, “Man. Right in the feels. After 10 years, some days I still drown. Missing my Stefno!”
When chris young said “missing you comes in waves and tonight I’m drowning” I felt that
— MikPick2 (@Glitz_Queen15) September 23, 2019
Man. Right in the feels. After 10 years, some days I still drown. Missing my Stefno! ❤️❤️❤️
— Bethany Brown (@BethanyB_55) September 23, 2019
“I’ve been so amazed at the reaction to this song,” shared Young. “I wrote it with two friends as a moment of healing and had no idea it would touch so many people before it was even chosen as a single. The video, combining so many personal moments alongside a live performance, totally embodies that and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”