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The singer, who can also boast a gold single with 'Tomorrow,' with more than 600,000 downloads, also remembers how nice it was when he first started to have success that he was able to help out his sister, who was in need of a new car.
"I didn't do too much in the way of buying some huge gift for my family because they get mad at you when you do that," Chris tells The Boot. "My sister was living in San Diego, and she needed a new car. She found a nice Camry that she wanted and I bought it for her. I'd never been able to be in a position to do that and I wanted to do that for her."
Most artists buy themselves some extravagant item from their wish list when they get that first royalty check, and Chris admits that he did go out and buy something he really wanted.
"When I had my first No. 1 I was out shopping and I found something I really wanted. I called my accountant and I had to leave them a message. So when they called back they were like, 'What are you buying?' I was actually loading it on the truck when they called, and I think they were relieved to hear that it was a brand new washing machine and not some extravagant brand-new car or something like that!
"Everyone laughs at me when they hear that story, but I really needed a washer. I even went to the scratch-and-dent store to buy it!"
Chris says even with the success he's had with singles like 'Gettin' You Home (Little Black Dress),' and the new album 'Neon,' he continues to be surprised at what has happened in his career.
"I am completely blown away," Chris admits. "For 'Neon' to get such an amazing response from the fans and then for 'Tomorrow' to go to No. 1, it feels like I'm living a dream! Honestly, I have moments where I feel like that every day, especially going into this new album cycle and the new tour. All this stuff, this is what I want to do for living, and every day there is something else happening, new opportunities, which just continues to amaze me."