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Hello. I'm Chris. I’m a musician, I'm a singer, I'm a songwriter. I’m a 30-something fella trying to come to terms with gravity and its effects on my face, particularly in the cheek region. I’m really into music (it’s kind of my thing, as you can tell) and creating sounds out of nothing. I also wear hats all the time because I hate doing my hair (I'm also slowly losing it).
I got my start in Idaho, a place where I thought real life was like a Disney movie and embarrassed my parents when I'd sing about banal things like needing to go to the bathroom. I honestly believed I could walk outside with ribbons taped to my head and convince the freaked out squirrels and other woodland creatures to come sit with me and, maybe just maybe, help me with my chores. I was a weirdo, but also I was so obviously amazing.
I can chock up my "rabbit hole" spiral into music to two things: my hatred of school sports and chance. To avoid having to put on basketball shorts and dribble balls with BO-ridden teenage boys, I decided instead to take choir. I was scared shitless at first. I really thought I'd just be in the background, blending in with the rest of the crowd, kind of like I always did due to my introvert tendencies. Instead, guess what? People were enthralled with my singing and suddenly I was doing all the solos, performing around the state in showcases and being entered into festivals and competitions all over the Northwest.
Thus began the journey that I’ve been on ever since. I was offered to continue my new career in Nashville in the Christian market after I started rising through the ranks in the genre. That said, I’m not religious and I believe everyone has a right to believe whatever they choose to, so I was laughed at the idea and I moved to Boston instead to attend Berklee College of Music. I'm so glad I did, because I was able to surround myself with these amazingly talented musicians from all around the world and immerse myself fully, completely. I got serious about my own songwriting after realizing I didn't want to just sing other people's songs. Then my songs were heard on Sirius/XM and I was being nominated for awards like the Hollywood Music Awards. I even had a song you didn't know you heard in a certain TV show about Jersey guidos.
10 years ago I relocated to Los Angeles (La La Land is the most accurate nickname ever for this place) after graduating from Berklee, initially to do an internship with Songs Music Publishing (later well-known for signing writer-artists like Lorde and The Weeknd before being bought out by Kobalt Music). I thought it was only a temporary move, but I’ve been here ever since.
It’s been a crazy, wild ride and I’ve gone from crazy, wild and borderline alcoholic to sane(ish) along the way. But I’ve learned a lot, which is what Life is all about.
I’m also literally 1-degree of separation from any Hollywood celebrity you could think of, which surely means I’ve made it, right?
Who am I inspired by? Seemingly, anyone and everything—it really depends on the mood I'm in, what may catch my ear and what I want to say lyrically. A random, and annoying, nightingale one summer evening gave me the idea for my song "Little Bird." Los Feliz provided the launching point for "Los Feliz Evenings." People. Situations. Relationships. Friends. Annoying behaviors. Bad jobs. Catty bitches. Odd noises. It's a pretty wide berth.
Thank you for coming to my little spot on the World Wide Web. I create because it's as essential as breathing. It's musical therapy, if you will. It's the essence of who I am. And, finally, thank you for listening.