Chris Bruni

Chris Bruni

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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!

Band Press

Marc Rogers – 93.7 WSTW

Chris Bruni's debut CD "Watch Me Burn" is one of those albums that I fully enjoyed on my first listen. A great collection of acoustic-flavored songs--some mellower in the singer/songwriter mode, some with more of a rock edge--and several that resounded with me immediately. Chris has a great, memorable voice that compliments his music and songwriting. An excellent album on his first time out; and I suspect that it only hints at how he will grow as a musician. It's an album that I highly recommend. - Mark Rogers, WSTW 93.7 Wilmington

Chris Bruni in News Journal – The News Journal

The title track, the album's first single, has all the qualities of a hit. Though more than half the songs easily could have been singles, "Watch Me Burn" stands out as an instantly addictive pop song. - Ryan Cormier, The New Journal

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Philadelphia Magazine – Philadelphia Magazine

Watch Me Burn , Grade: A-

This debut album from West Chester 's Chris Bruni is like the first cup of coffee on a cold morning: warm, soothing, and gratifying. Bruni's primary instrument is his voice, a cross between Dave Mathews and John Mayer, and that's the power behind this record. His lyrics which touch on life's humbling lessons-namely, love and loss-are clear and sincere. The recording captures his clean, simplistic, coffeehouse sound (he was discovered at an open-mike in Wilmington ) The title track is sweetly infectious, as is Bruni's cover of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror"

Greg Shutack, Philadelphia Magazine

Watch Me Burn – First Coast News

"Convicted No Proof," for example is a tear jerker that will stop you in your tracks. The strings and raspy vocal here is stirring to say the least.

Paul Zimmerman, First Coast News

Chris Bruni wins Best Male Solo Artist 2007! – 93.7 WSTW

Chris Bruni has won the award for Best Male Solo Artist in 93.7 WSTW's second annual Hometown Heroes Homey Awards. Chris also received 5 nominations. Featured on WSTW's Hometown Heroes segment in 2007, this is Chris's first Homey Award. Thank you to everyone who voted and be sure to check out the full list of winners on the Hometown Heroes section of WSTW's website. Review –

...The songs are quite catchy ("Broken Window" has definite hit single potential!) and well-performed to the extent that even listenters who don't like this kind of music well have to appreciate Bruni. Bruni's vocals on Watch Me Burn are well performed in a soulful singer-songwriter way. The tone of Bruni's voice is just unique enough to be interesting, without being so unique as to alienate. Lyrically Bruni's songs are catchy and sing-alongable without being simple....
Graham Baily, Puck

Radio Volta Review – Cindy Woullet

I can't say enough about Chris Bruni and his debut CD, Watch Me Burn. I can't stop listening to it.
Chris has a tremendous songwriting talent. But, what's better is seeing Chris perform live, truly dynamic! Comparisons pale to this original artist. Folks will be covering these songs one day.

Cindy Woullet, DJ/General Mgr, Radio Volta

WXPN Play of the Day! –

"Philadelphia local artist Chris Bruni's new album, I've Been Here, His song "Bobby Run" was yesterday's pick of the day.
"I've Been Here" is an album for the people by the people, literally; entirely fan-funded! Thanks to his fans and Chris' friends at Milkboy Recording, this relentless touring machine is back by demand. Released this past Tuesday. Like what you hear? Check out Chris Bruni Live!"-Helen Leight WXPN

OnlineRock Review! – Online

One must wonder if somehow, somewhere, Tracey Chapman was involved in a cloning experiment that brought us 26-year-old Chris Bruni. With a distinctive voice that's somewhere on the spectrum between Dave Matthews and David Grey, Bruni deserves as wide an audience as he can find, and although his melodies fall onto the lighter end of things, his lyrics conjure up darker images and thoughts, dwelling as they do on the plight of the everyman in love, life and loss. With all that going for it, it would be a sin of the worst sort to condemn Bruni's debut album, Watch Me Burn, to a life in rotation on some random "Adult Contemporary" station somewhere. This is an album that deserves to be heard by everyone.

Album opener "Broken Window" has definite single potential, and offers up a perfect glimpse into Bruni's world with its simple arrangement, guitar and drum getting out of the way to let Bruni's voice dominate. Next in line is the title track, offering up pleading, apologetic lyrics, followed by the more hopeful and uplifting "Climbing a Mountain"; both tracks call to mind the aforementioned Chapman in their rhythms and vocal stylings. This is not to say that Bruni's vocals do all the work: track 5, "Gargoyle Juice," gives the listener a taste of Spanish-influenced guitar and rhythms that nicely supplement a chorus that asks the listener to "follow me down". Also worth noting is the album closer, a pretty, sad little song called "Songbird" which continues on beautifully for a full three minutes after Bruni stops singing. And don't miss Bruni's cover of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" -- where Jackson's version is heavy on the production and nearly a saga, this stripped-down, countrified version is less gospel, and much more personal.

Favorite Track: Track 11, "Songbird"