IN PICTURES: COUNTRY STAR CHRIS YOUNG ROCKS KEY WEST SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL

Multi-platinum country music star Chris Young headlined the Key West Songwriters Festival with a show at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater on May 6.

Recently scoring the most nominations for Academy of Country Music Awards, Young’s career took off in 2006, when he won Season 4 of the TV competition “Nashville Star.” After winning, he was signed to RCA Records Nashville and released his self-titled debut album the same year.

Young’s music career skyrocketed in recent years, with hits such as “I’m Comin’ Over,” “Who I Am With You,” “The Man I Want to Be” and dozens of others.

Female fans in cut-off jeans and cowboy boots and hats filled the amphitheater as the sun set and launched another Songwriters weekend in Key West.

Country superstar Chris Young packs the Coffee Butler Amphitheater with fans in cowboy hats and cut-off shorts on May 6 during the Key West Songwriters Festival. LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly

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