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Chris J. Connolly is a indie/folk singer-songwriter from Bellport, Long Island. Born and raised in Staffordshire, the heart of England, up until 2010, Chris has been deeply enveloped in music throughout his life. Having played drums in numerous bands as a teenager, progressing to write his own music in the late 90’s, Chris begun to thrive playing live music, both of his own writing, and that of classic and contemporary artists.
Inspired to pick up the guitar by the likes of James Taylor and Neil Young, Chris’s vocal style has been influenced by the great soul artists; Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Sam Cooke, which, as you can imagine, makes for a interesting and captivating musical blend. Add to this a healthy dose of classic rock (Foreigner, Free, Queen), and more modern pop and indie artists (Kings of Leon, Fleet Foxes, Aloe Blacc, Amos Lee), and Chris has created a style as individual as it is pleasingly familiar.
It should be noted that all the tracks on Chris’s ‘EP II CD’ were recorded on his home studio, and Chris’s debut single, Factory (available in iTunes) was mastered at Abbey Road Studios, London.
50 States of Talent continues in The Empire State with Chris J. Connolly
This installment in the 50 States of Talent comes to us from The Empire State. Though originally from Staffordshire, UK long distance love brought Chris to the US. Love is what is bound to happen when you give this guy a thorough listen.CHirsC
In the UK, Chris got his start as a teen playing drums in a harder Joy Division- esqe alternative band that is still around. However, Chris has a softer side and began writing songs while still in his teens. This softer side is evident in his music. The songs and vocals are artistically intricate and simple at the same time. I get a Thom Yorke and Vance Joy feel vocally.
Most of Chris’ music is strictly acoustic but is easily transferable to a full band. Don’t let the term acoustic fool you. There is an edge and a crisp rawness in his guitar playing when he needs it to accent his lyrics, so perhaps unplugged may be a better description.
On his self released ep aptly titled EPII Chris offers up an array of tasty compositions. One of my favorites would be the opening track “Black Swan”. This song opens the door to what awaits you on the rest of the release and has catchy phrasing. Musically it plays with both his edgier and softer acoustic sides. In the softer acoustic songs Chris explores his innermost thoughts. He translates those feelings into beautiful songs like “American Accent”, “Ferry to Rosslare” and “Colder”. While many of the songs are acoustically driven Chris gives you a taste of what the possibilities are when he gets a band behind him on “Beaten Up Road” and “Fight At the End”. While not available for purchase on ITunes, Chris will gladly send out upon request his EP. I EP11highly recommend this. However, there is a single available for purchase on ITunes it is called Factory just search Chris Connolly to find it or click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/factory-single/id570747201
Chris has a lovely website (https://chrisjconnolly.bandpage.com/ ) with links to Facebook and SoundCloud pages Included on the website are lots of fun doodles and thought-provoking photos and his songs , which I encourage you to share with your friends. He has made sharing easy thru Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Chris also has a few videos if you would like to watch him though they are relatively generic. He also has some performance videos on YouTube.
Give this guy a listen. If you are in Long Island and see him playing at a local coffee shop stop in, say “hi” grab a cup and enjoy the music.