Chris Bruni

Chris Bruni

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Chris Bruni is a singer/songwriter who uses his songwriting ability to showcase his distinct vocal abilities. Grabbing critical comparisons to the likes of Tracy Chapman, David Gray, and Dave Matthews, this is music that will appeal to the emotional listener in all of us!

Biography

Chris Bruni Biography
Following the critical acclaim of his 2007 debut release,” Watch Me Burn”, singer/songwriter Chris Bruni is out on his own this time around with his sophomore effort, “I’ve Been Here”, a fully fan-funded album. With the confidence provided by the success of his first effort, Chris decided to take more control of his career as an emerging artist and release this new collection of songs using a completely DIY approach. After two years of heavy touring and an obvious connection with a newfound fan base, Chris found himself with the need for new music. Along with the freedom that came from departure with his previous label, Chris was also posed with the dilemma of financing a professionally produced album and releasing it completely on his own. It was at this time that he chose to take a path that many independent artists are taking in the changing face of the collapsing music industry. He decided to turn to the support of his devoted new fans to help him reach his goal in releasing the new music he had been working so hard to perfect.
“At first it was just an idea that I thought may generate a small level of interest from the people who had taken an interest in what I was doing. I wanted to keep them involved even though I wasn’t really sure what direction my career was going to take.” says Chris.
After an initial fundraiser was organized by Bruni and some helpful “business partners”, Chris suddenly found himself with enough money raised to fund the initial recording process of a new album. With this overwhelming financial support, he chose to use the services of Milkboy Recording, in Ardmore, PA, a facility that has made a huge name for itself by helping to launch the career of Sharon Little (CBS Records) as well as a highly publicized session with Dave Matthews.
Milkboy Recording proved to be the perfect place for Chris to utilize his unexpected financial backing. Upon entering the studio with his live band, Chris was introduced to Grammy nominated producer, Tim Sonnefeld “Townhall”. The immediate connection with Sonnefeld would energize Chris in a way that he had not perceived beforehand. Adding the talents of Philly masterminds John Lilley (The Hooters), Devin Greenwood (Norah Jones, Amos Lee) and fellow singer/songwriter Laura Shay, this new collection of songs became more polished and dynamic than Bruni had ever imagined since venturing out on his own.
“I knew my writing had progressed tremendously since my first recording, but I wasn’t really prepared to hear what these fantastic people were able to add to my sound. Even though the song structures basically stayed the same, the talent of everyone who lent a hand in this recording made the sonic impact of this album something that I am so incredibly blown away by.”

Following a second round of fundraising with FeedtheMuse.net Chris was able to raise another impressive round of financial backing that enabled the completion of graphic design and duplication for “I’ve Been Here”. The album, to be released on October 20th, is a testament to the connection that exists between a rising artist and the still very prevalent support that listeners have for someone they truly believe in. In the face of a failing economy and music industry caught in a whirlwind of change, it is still encouraging to know that the bond created by musical expression can rise above the status quo.
“This album is dedicated 100 percent to everyone who has helped me keep this train rolling. In a world of constant change and financial struggle, it is a victory for me just to have people who believe in what I’m trying to do” says Bruni.
“I’ve Been Here” finds Bruni reaching a new level of emotion and depth musically. The songs on this album clearly show Bruni exploring a darker side of himself as well as touching on topics that aren’t completely personal. It is undeniable that this still young artist has matured greatly from his first release. That being said, “I’ve Been Here” still stays true to the accessible nature that Bruni carries with him in his music and his personal manner. This mix of folk, pop, and soul will continue to attract new listeners from any age group or social status. His storytelling and unique vocal talents shine through on a level that is hard not to be impressed with. This Pop/Folk/Soul performer somehow finds a way to create a blend of simple song approach with a one of a kind soulful tone that calls to mind artists like Martin Sexton, Stevie Wonder, and David Gray. With his newfound approach as an independent artist and the support of a loyal and growing fan base, Chris Bruni has found a way to succeed where many artists may have decided to pack it in.

Lyrics

Bobby Run

Written By: Chris Bruni

Young man
Out on his own
Can't stand
Life alone
So he fell In love
Oh, but that woman
she was in love with another man
Oh when push
came to shove
he'll shoot him down
he'll shoot him down

Pretty girl
In the middle of the street
hair so fair
"what a pleasure to meet you"
and right away
he fell in love
oh but the woman
she was in love with another man
oh when push
came to shove
he'll shoot him down
he'll shoot him down
he'll shoot him down

Bobby run you got your gun
Can you settle down for the easy life
Ain't no excuse for what you've done
Oh, but the wicked man
deserved to die

One man
Awake from a dream
Stumble downstairs
For his final scene
And the woman
That he loved
Oh, the woman
She was in bed with another man
Oh one push led to one shove
He got shot down
He got shot down
Oh he got shot down

Bobby Run you got your gun
Can you settle down for the easy life
Aint no excuse for what you've done
Oh, but the wicked man deserved to die

Too Late

Written By: Chris Bruni

I awoke
A few hours too late
By that time
I heard that you were gone
Said I'm a joke
But atleast I'm not afraid
To be young
While the rest of you move on

Kiss the hand that moves to strike me down
I might land in pieces on the ground
Oh, I've got to get out of this town
Is it too late
For me now

Can you see
the writing on the wall
At the end
of every single day
And in the end
You thought you'd have it all
Time after time after time
you lose your way

Kiss the hand
that moves to strike you down
I might land
In pieces on the ground
Oh, I've got to get out of this town
Is it too late
For me now

Oh, ..Everybody needs a home
A little place to call it "all your own"
28 and I still feel so alone
So Alone

Kiss the hand
That moves to strike me down
I might land in pieces on the ground
Oh, I've got to get out of this town
Is it too Late

Kiss the hand
that moves to strike me down
I might land in pieces on the ground
Oh, I think I've finally found
that its too late
for me now

4th of July

Written By: Chris Bruni

I'm a runnin
I'm a runnin from you
And you're chasin
you're a chasin me to
the end...of...the line

And I'm hiding
while you're sliding away
and you're smiling
but can't you hear me say
don't..wait...in line

for so long
and so far

Even though you're shaking
From mistakes that you keep making
While you keep creating
all of your lies
Don't mean to keep her waiting
But these things that she keeps
saying
God each day feels like the 4th of July

And I'm sinning
I'm sinning for you
will the winter
wind up taking me to
the end...of...the line

For so long
and so far

And even though your shaking
From mistakes that you keep making
While you keep creating all of your lies
Don't mean to keep her waiting
But these things that she keeps saying
God each day feels like the 4th of July

And I'm runnin
I'm a runnin from you
And you're chasin
You're a chasin me too
The end..of...the line

For so long
and so far
so long

Even though you're shaking
From mistakes that you keep making
while you keep creating all of your lies
Don't mean to keep her waiting
But these things that she keeps saying
God each day feels like the 4th of July

the 4th of July
the 4th of July
the 4th of july

Discography

Debut album "Watch Me Burn"
Release date February 13th 2007

"I've Been Here"
Independently Released
October 2009

Set List

Original Music:
Beginning of Everyday
Broken Window
Climbing A Mountain
Convicted no Proof
Hey
Watch Me Burn
Gargoyle Juice
Riled Up
Songbird
One for the Money
Man in Disguise
Not For Love
Listen
Use It
Standing By Your Room
Even Though
Bobby Run
Too Late
4th of July
We Are Stars
I've Been Here

Cover Songs:
Aint No Sunshine
Superstition
Why
Talkin Bout a Revolution
Man in the Mirror
Land Down Under
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Rocky Raccoon
Sugar Dumpling
Sun
Christmas Song
Blue on Black
Freedom
Colors