Chris Bryan
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Chris Bryan

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE
Band Folk Acoustic


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"Chris Bryan...will certainly break into the market."

Chris Bryan: The Sum of my Habits

"We knew there was talent when Chris Bryan released his first album -- this one features the refinement we were hoping for, which will certainly break him into the market. He sounds a little like Savage Garden vocal wise, but mixes in an element of acoustic guitar music that is rarely found nowadays. Bryan's honest, both in lyrics and voice -- and that resonates throughout this collection of 10 songs. "Learning to Fly" set the tone for the album, which is that Bryan has arrived onto the acoustic scene and done so with the ability to go above the coffeehouse sound. Yet he brings that back in "Seasons," staying true to his roots."
Favorite Tracks: Next Best Thing, Learning to Fly
Rating: 4 stars


"...skill and passion..."

“Chris certainly has passion for his music and he delivers his soul straight out on a plate for you to devour. He has proven with this album that he can put his talents to any genre that would suit anyone’s taste...he delivers what the majority of music lovers want: consistency of skill and passion...he can sing, write...the best beats out of my stereo in a long time.”
- MuzikVoice

" won't be able to turn him off..."

"... A name that you will be hearing a lot of in the music world in years to come...once you listen to his catchy riffs and great voice you won't be able to turn him off..."

- Impact Sites

"This album is for you..."

Chris Bryan: Shades of Blue

"Forecast: smooth acoustic riffs combined with a melancholy feel. That's what you're bound to find when you listen to Chris Bryan's CD. If you're a fan of acoustic, this album is for you. You won't find tons of studio mastered beats, just Bryan and his 6-string...and it's a beautiful thing. He doesn't whine about romance; he delves into the emotions of it and does so while keeping the mood light. "I Don't Want to be Right" is perhaps the most charming song on the album...a soft tender tune about the simplicity of being with another person that you adore. Bryan sings, "I fall a little more in love with you everyday of my life/If it's wrong for me to wanna be with you, I don't want to be right." Bryan exuberates soul throughout the album, and especially in "Take a Good", a live track about jumbling words. The comical improv track is sure to please those who love acoustic guitar stage banter. Although I'm not a fan of acoustic stuff until after I hear the studio version, I can fully appreciate Bryan's efforts to make this clean, professional recording. He's got a lot of potential, and this album is a great start."
Favorite Tracks: Day to Day, I Don't Want to be Right
Rating: 4 stars

- Discovering Artists

"...plenty of single potential..."

"An indie version of John Mayer, Chris Bryan is riff with a pop vocal and hooks that the mainstream artists look for in each song. He’s got plenty of single potential on “The Sum of My Habits." -

"...In good company..."

"The next John Mayer" - Plugged-in-Music

"...from the King..."

"Very Talented" - Kings of A&R

"...uncanny gift..."

"Bryan has the uncanny gift of being able to paint a detailed picture with his lyrics."

The Sum of my Habits
Rating: 3.5 stars - Ear Candy Magazine

"...his melodies are impeccable..."

"His melodies are impeccable. Each time you strip a layer away from your sound, the remaining layers become that much more important. They have to be that much better. Chris manages this with ease...[it] never feels forced. That's the kind of talent that separates a great artist from a good one." - Gigatracks

" of the month..."

"Expressive Vocals"

-"Next Best Thing - winner of the national Song of the Month contest"
June, 2006 - Songwriter Universe


North, South, East, West - 2008
1. Duplicity
2. Thousand Times Goodbye
3. Vanilla Rain Drops
4. Square Inch
5. You
6. Beautiful
7. I Don't Want to be Right

The Sum of My Habits - 2006
1. Learning to Fly
2. Next Best Thing
3. Thousand Times Goodbye
4. Language of Hands
5. Masquerade
6. Beautiful
7. You
8. Gotta Get Thru This (live)
9. Duplicity
10. Seasons

Shades Of Blue - 2003
1. Turning Circles
2. Breeze
3. I Don't Want to be Right
4. Rebecca
5. Vanilla Rain Drops
6. Right in Front of You
7. Scat
8. Still
9. Take a Good (live improv)
10. Day to Day (live in the studio)



-Featured at many Music Festival's including... Summerfest in Milwaukee, Mobfest in Chicago, Midwest Music Summit in Indianapolis, and Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati

-Winner- Songwriter Universe National Songwriting Competition

-Airplay on more than 200 College Radio Stations across the country

-Over 60,000 plays on Myspace

-Opened for national touring acts such as Rusted Root, Ryan Cabrera, Ari Hest, Michael McDermott, Carbon Leaf, Eric Hutchinson.

Showcasing at numerous national music festivals, including Summerfest and the Midwest Music Summit, while sharing the stage with Rusted Root and Ryan Cabrera, over 200 college radio stations have been devouring the intelligent pop music of this Chicago native.

Now with the release of his third album, a live, full-band recording entitled, "North South East West," it seems that Chris Bryan will further his journey toward nationwide recognition. Joined by Tim Heck, currently a member of The Blue Man Group at the prestigious Briar Street Theatre, and Wes John Cichosz, the renowned Chicago guitarist and saxophone player, this new album is sure to entertain with its blinding solos, vocal acrobatics, and tasteful improvisational flavor.

Already garnering a first place win in a national songwriting competition, and dozens of exceptional reviews from the press, the story on Chris Bryan is growing, and there seems to be no near end in sight.