What Happened to the Countess' Producer Chris Young?
Luann's collaborator crafted another single for the Housewife—and started dating a pop artist.
Looking back at our shows, we often wonder about the people who've left. Where did they go when their moment in the Bravo spotlight was over? What are they up to now? Each week, we'll be looking into the lives of one of these familiar faces. Today, it's music producer Chris Young from The Real Housewives of New York City.
Chris Young is the blond-mohawked music producer who wore sunglasses indoors and helped Luann de Lesseps create her memorable 2010 dance single "Money Can't Buy You Class" on season three of RHONY. He really believed in Luanne, whom he'd befriended when they were introduced on the Manhattan social scene. "The Countess has a great voice. She reminds me of Madonna, Fergie," he said while they were recording the track early that year. "She has these beautiful breathy hues in her voice."
After the single was released (it made iTunes Top 10!) and he appeared on the show, Chris says he was overwhelmed with attention. "Every time it airs, I'm inundated with 150 to 220 people who want to work with me," he told The Wall Street Journal in May 2010. "This week alone, probably 1,400 emails. I don't even know who's who and what's what! The Ramones are calling. Salt n' Pepa."
He went on to produce a second single for the Countess, "Chic, C'est La Vie," in June 2011, and recorded former Good Day L.A. star Jillian Barberie's rap single "Wake Up L.A." the same year. He also re-recorded some Ramones tracks with Richie Ramone.
Two years ago, Chris started dating budding dance-music artist Natasha Ashworth (photographed above), who's also one of his clients. A song he produced for her, "Back To You," landed at No. 9 on DJ Times magazine's national dance/crossover chart in November 2014, and cracked Billboard's Dance Club Chart at No. 50 in February 2015. Natasha credits Chris with her success, calling him "the king of my army" in a recent Facebook post praising his "incredible production skills."
"I sure am one lucky woman, and I love you very much," Natasha added. "Thank you baby, you made my dreams come true!!" Although Chris has taken a break from social media in the last year, he's still active socially, popping up at the Grammys as well as on the red carpet at Kendall and Kylie Jenner's DuJour magazine party last summer.