Chris Assaad is a Canadian singer-songwriter who left a promising career in law several years ago to follow his heART and his passion for music. His fire for music was ignited shortly after he began exploring his love of singing and songwriting when he was forced to overcome a rapidly progressing hereditary hearing loss condition.
Nearly two years and two miraculous surgeries later, Chris was given the gift of perfectly restored hearing and a second chance, cementing his path of a life dedicated to his artistry and to inspiring others to follow their innermost calling.
Since then, Chris has been actively using his voice to grow an international grassroots community, sharing his eclectic blend of soulful roots music, heart-opening songs and stories with audiences in Canada, Australia, the US and Europe, appearing at club and festival dates from Mountain Jam in New York to The Espy in Melbourne to Midem in Cannes.
After seeing a YouTube cover of one of his unreleased songs, Michael Franti invited Chris to join him at the final show of his 2015 “One Heart One Soul” tour for a special rendition of the song. Chris has also shared the stage with artists such as Trevor Hall, Mishka, Mat McHugh and The Wood Brothers.
Chris’ much-anticipated new album, I Won’t Die, was produced by Bill Bell (Jason Mraz, Justin Nozuka) and is being released digitally everywhere Spring 2017. The first two singles from the album, All My Love and the title track, have received steady airplay on CBC radio and have charted on a number of campus stations within the first few weeks of their release.
The album marks the birth of a sound Assaad can truly call his own, seamlessly weaving together a wide range of influences from his earliest musical inspirations, to the sounds of the his childhood and youth, to his Egyptian ethnicity. An artist with a clear and poignant message, Assaad’s songwriting touches on themes of connectedness and oneness, the inherent value of each unique voice and story, and our power to shape our experiences and the world we live in. Chris’ biggest intention for I Won’t Die is to bring people together and inspire artists, creators and visionaries to share their gifts and talents in the hopes of bringing about positive change. Often citing ‘alchemy’ as his main motive for making music, Chris advocates the importance of creating art that helps people feel, heal and express, in the spirit of causing a ripple effect of healing on the planet.
In addition to his musical offerings, Chris is also a writer, storyteller and inspirational force. One of Chris’ written quotes recently went viral, and was shared, liked, and reposted over a million times on social media. He’s also been a regularly featured contributor to publications such as The Daily Love and Positively Positive, both award-winning platforms that merge pop culture with inspiration.