Chris Cummings

Chris Cummings

BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

Chris Cummings has been a success on the Canadian country music scene since 1997 with ten top 10 singles, several top 20 songs, sold over 125,000 CDs, had several number one videos on CMT, multiple CCMA, Juno, ECMA nominations, and a Grammy nominated song recorded by American country group Alabama.

Biography

Since the beginning of his career, Chris Cummings has released five extraordinary studio albums, racked up multiple hits at Canadian country radio, and had several number one videos on CMT Canada. In addition, multiple CCMA, RPM, ECMA, and Juno nominations as well as a Grammy nominated song recorded by American country group Alabama.

In 2010, he will release his next CD, the sixth addition to his collection overall. His songs cover country and delve into roots rock resulting in music the way it is meant to be, honest and open with an unpretentious attitude. Known for his distinctively smooth baritone voice, thoughtful lyrics and biting wit, Chris has always stood separate in the country landscape, continually displaying his stellar songwriting skills and individuality.

Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, on Canada’s East Coast in 1975; Chris grew up in nearby Norton, an idyllic riverside community. He excelled academically at an early age, already an avid comic book reader by the time he entered elementary school. To this day, Chris is still a fan and collector of comic books, with an enviable collection of many first issues of classic titles.

His real love was music however, his talents obvious early on. He started performing publically in 1980 at local fairs when only five years old. He learned to play musical instruments at an early age, settling on the guitar and piano as his favorites. He set about writing songs while still a child, the beginnings of what would become an extensive musical catalog that has grown from exclusively country songs to now encompass blues, rock, and alternative country styles.

In 1990, Chris released an independent CD, which found its way to Reprise Records president Jim Ed Norman, Chris signed onto the label in 1992. At that time, just 17 years old, Chris was the youngest artist they had ever signed. In fact, Chris got the news when called out of class one day while still in high school. “I literally got called out of high school math class and told I had a call from Warner Bros. Records in Nashville,” says Cummings. “They flew me down to Nashville, we had a meeting, and the next week I was on the Ralph Emery Show. It was that fast.”

Far away from home for the first time in his life, first in California, then Nashville, teenaged Chris hit the road, honing his skills with nonstop touring throughout the USA with such legendary artists as Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Dwight Yoakam just to name a few.

Schooled in songwriting by some of the most talented in Nashville, Don Schlitz, Mac McAnally, and Gary Burr, Chris immersed himself in his lessons and it paid off. Chris considers himself lucky to have had the opportunity to refine his craft; writing with teachers like these had a profound effect on Cummings and it shows, his songwriting foundation formed during this time.

Cummings has long been a critically acclaimed songwriter. His country roots go deep; they are a powerful force that always resonate a palpable subtlety in his music. To date, many artists including Ricochet, Daryle Singletary, David Frizell, and Alabama have had successful hits on the US charts with songs penned by Cummings.

His successful debut CD, Somewhere Inside released in June 1996. The first single, "I Waited," shot into the top five on the charts. The second single, "Sure Enough," went straight to number one. Follow-up songs "Somewhere Inside" and "Almost Always" reached the top five in Canada as well; the album sold more than 50,000 units and was certified gold. Quite an achievement for the then 21 year old.
Chris' second CD, Chris Cummings, released in both the United States and Canada in February 1998. The first single released from the project was "The Kind Of Heart That Breaks" it shot to number one in Canada and the video, featuring Chris playing hockey, topped CMT Canada’s charts for 3 weeks. The next single "A Minute and a Half." returned Chris to the Canadian top ten at radio.

Chris transferred to WEA Canada for the release of his third CD, Lonesomeville. The CD released in February 2000. The first two singles, "That'll Teach Her" and "No One Hurts Me More Than Me," both reached the top ten in Canada. The year 2000 brought other fortunes to Chris. The song Twentieth Century, co-written by Chris and Don Schlitz, garnered a Grammy nomination that year. Having a Grammy nominated song by the time he turned 25 was most certainly a coup for Cummings and a first among his Canadian country music contemporaries of that time.

His next CD Ooh, That Could Cost Him the Gold, Bob! released in March 2002. He continued his string of hits with songs "Cowboy Hats," "Betty," and "Benefit of Doubt." Chart topping videos for singles “Cowboy Hats” and “Benefit of Doubt” dominated at CMT Canada that same year.

Chris' Greatest Hits package released in April 2004. Singles released from the CD included a new song,

Lyrics

I Waited

Written By: Chris Cummings / David Latiolais

I Waited

She asked before she turned away
Is there anything you need to say
I love you might have worked
But I never said a single word
She never even made the front gate
Before I knew that I was too late

Chorus
I waited 'til she was far enough away
And then I cried
I waited ‘til she had all she could take
I don't know why
I wanted to say "I love you”
At the perfect time
And like a fool
I waited ‘til she said goodbye

All the lines that weren't quite right
The chances that I let slip by
All the times that I held out
Are reasons she's not here right now
All she really needed was to know
All I had to do was let it show

Repeat chorus

Repeat chorus
I waited ‘til she said goodbye

The Kind Of Heart That Breaks

Written By: Chris Cummings / Phillip Douglas / Kim Tribble

The Kind Of Heart That Breaks

I've seen that look
A million times before
It says she ain't
No stranger to a closing door
And she can't hide what lies inside

Chorus
She's got the kind of hear that breaks
Easy does it for goodness sake
One tear away from a big mistake
She's got the kind of heart that breaks, my heart

One kiss, One night, it's gonna be too much
One time, no way, well I'm finished if we touch
And I'm just a man, better go while I can

Repeat Chorus

No she can't hide what lies inside
Repeat Chorus

Lucy Got Lucky

Written By: Chris Cummings / Rod Lewis

Lucy Got Lucky

Lucky ain't the captain of the football team
Lucy's not in contention for homecoming queen
Ain't no mistakin' them for Marilyn or James Dean

Lucky got a camero when he turned sixteen
He picks up Lucy every night, she lives on Bailey Street yeah
Somehow they beat the system and they got away clean

Chorus
Yeah Lucy got Lucky
Don't you worry about Lucy, man, she's doin' alright
Everyone's a winner, now ain't that cool
Lucy got Lucky but Lucky got lucky too

They don't worry about the future, no,
they don't worry about the past
They've got Cupid riding shotgun and a full tank of gas

They ain't concerned about climbin' to no higher class
So another Molly Ringwald, well she finds her Judd
As for us other members of the Breakfast Club,
Here's hopin' we all find that kind of love

Repeat Chorus

Repeat Chorus
(Lucy got Lucky)
Don't you worry about Lucy, Man
She's doin' alright

Betty

Written By: Chris Cummings

Betty

I was Archie
He was Reggie
I guess that made her Veronica
The competition was getting’ heavy
Fighting for her unrequited love

And sugar sugar I was so blind and wrong
You know that Archie should have seen this all along

Chorus
You're my Betty baby
Strong and steady baby
You get me ready to face about anything
With you I cannot fail I'm the king of Riverdale
Sell my jalopy baby just to buy you a ring
(You're my Betty baby)
Just to buy you a ring
(You're my Betty baby)

You know my best friend, let’s call him Jughead
Come to think of it, it's not much of a stretch
But even he says, I've come to my senses
Chasing Veronica is like walkin” on a ledge
The view is so sweet if your balance is sound
But she will push you just to see how far you'll bounce
Yeah yeah

You're my Betty baby
Strong and steady baby
You get me ready to face about anything
With you I cannot fail I'm the king of Riverdale
Sell my jalopy baby just to buy you a ring
(You're my Betty baby)

And sugar sugar (sugar sugar) I was so blind and wrong
You know that Archie should have seen this all along

You're my Betty baby (baby...)
Strong and steady baby
You get me ready to face about anything
With you I cannot fail, I'm the king of Riverdale
Sell my jalopy baby just to buy you a ring
(You're my Betty baby)
Oh, just to buy you a ring

You're my Betty baby
(You're my Betty baby)

Dixie Beauxderaunt

Written By: Dan Baird / Terry Anderson

Dixie Beauxderaunt

She was born down in Thibodaux, Lousian
The victim of a short attention span
She stayed in school just long enough to say that she could quit

She got a job working with her Aunt
Graveyard shift down at the curing plant
She saved up her money, bought a greyhound ticket then split

Here we go, singing
Come on Dixie, Dixie Beauxderaunt
Come on Dixie, who says you can't
Come on Dixie, little Dixie Beauxderaunt

Well in Pensicola, Florida, thumb out in the air
Thinking that the leaving might have got her nowhere
When Tina pulled up in a black '82 Trans Am

Tina said, i hate my boss but I love to party
And I know a bar where we won't get carded
You can crash at the trailer, my drunk daddy he don't give a damn

Well Tina said,
Now come on Dixie, Dixie Beauxderaunt
Come on Dixie, who says you can't
Come on Dixie, little Dixie Beauxderaunt
Hey, now won't you come on

Well they pulled into the parking lot
They saw a flashing sign that said,
Wet t-shirt contest every saturday night

Well Tina looked at Dixie, said one of us can win that prize
Well Tina didn't win 'cause she danced to Twisted Sister
But when Dixie told the DJ gimme Three Steps Mister
All the gentlemen in the audience began to rise

They were singing now,
Come on Dixie, Dixie Beauxderaunt
Come on Dixie, who says you can't
Come on Dixie, little Dixie Beauxderaunt

Yeah, come on Dixie, Dixie Beauxderaunt
Come on Dixie, who says you can't
Come on Dixie, little Dixie Beauxderaunt
I said now, come on Dixie, little Dixie Beauxderaunt
I said it now, come on Dixie, little Dixie Beauxderaunt

No One Hurts Me More Than Me

Written By: Chris Cummings / Rod Lewis

No One Hurts Me More Than Me

Well the first time that she broke my heart
I had myself convinced it was all her fault
With her second chance she did the same
And I was sure that she was wrong again

I laid blame everywhere that I could
It’s finally ending up where it should
It’s hard to swallow and tough to believe

No one hurts me more than me
No one hurts me more than me

When I thought she’d learned her lesson well
I let her in in spite of myself
Third time’s a charm or so they say
She did not see it that way

I laid blame everywhere that I could
It’s finally ending up where it should
It’s hard to swallow and tough to believe

No one hurts me more than me
No one hurts me more than me

No one hurts me more than me
No one hurts me more than me

For The Music

Written By: Chris Cummings

For The Music

Here I go down the same old road
It’s the only one that takes me to a place I really know

There I am, all of 15 again
Heading out with that guitar in my hand
For the big time, that was the plan
And now somewhere in the middle I am home again

Chorus
I need to laugh
I need to sing
Simply for the music that it brings
I’ve been away for far too long
Sometimes the only place to find your song
Is home, home

So there I go
Hey I put it off ya know
But it must go on
Ain’t that what they say about the show

But I’m leaving light
There’s no baggage on my mind
The road is long
But I face it with a smile
And it’s the first one in a while
And I know where to go if it fades this time

Repeat Chorus

I’ve been away for far too long
Sometimes the only place to find your song
Is home, hmmmmmmm

Discography

Chris Cummings - Who Says You Can't?
Release Date: 2006
Label: KOCH Entertainment (E1)
Synopsis - The latest album from Chris Cummings with the hits "Dixie Beauxderaunt," "For The Music", "Love Is Fine" and "In The Nicest Way"
Track Listing
1 - Dixie Beauxderaunt
2 - I Can't Say That Anymore
3 - In The Nicest Way
4 - Love Is Fine
5 - For The Music
6 - Battleship Chains
7 - Till I See You Smile
8 - (I've Got To) Stop Thinkin' 'Bout That
9 - Middle Of The Night
10 - Hey What You Know

Chris Cummings - Greatest Hits (It's really called songs that made me the most money - Volume 1)
Release Date: 2004
Label: Warner Music
Synopsis - This album contains all the hits!!
Track Listing
1 - Betty
2 - No One Hurts Me More Than Me
3 - Somewhere Inside
4 - Lucy Got Lucky
5 - That'll Teach Her
6 - I Waited
7 - The Kind Of Heart That Breaks
8 - Not Again
9 - Sure Enough
10 - Benefit of Doubt

Chris Cummings - Ooh! That Could Cost Him The Gold, Bob
Release Date: 2002
Label: Warner Music
Synopsis - The 3rd album by Chris Cummings, featuring the hits "Betty," "Benefit of Doubt" and "Cowboy Hats"
Track Listing
1 - Betty
2 - I Will Love You 'Til I Die
3 - You Know How It Is
4 - Pamela Anderson Is In My Bedroom
5 - I Get That A Lot
6 - Meet The Parents
7 - Downtown Babylon
8 - We All Wish
9 - Benefit of Doubt
10 - 'Til He Comes Back In
11 - Cowboy Hats
12 - I Am On My Way
13 - Pamela Anderson Is In My Bedroom (the slowed down country version)

Chris Cummings - Lonesomeville
Release Date: 2000
Label: Warner Bros.
Synopsis - The sophomore album from Chris Cummings containing the hits "That'll Teach Her" and "No One Hurts Me More Than Me"
Track Listing
1 - That'll Teach Her
2 - A Little at a Time
3 - No One Hurts Me More Than Me
4 - Temporarily Forever Mine
5 - Lonesomeville
6 - It Looks Like Pain
7 - Hammer and Nail
8 - Sunday Best
9 - Uncle
10 - You Don't Say
11 - Home

Chris Cummings
Release Date: 1996
Label: Warner Bros.
Synopsis - Chris Cummings debut album from 1996 that produced 5 top ten singles including the number one hits "Sure Enough" and "The Kind of Heart That Breaks"
Track Listing
1 - I Waited
2 - 'Til I See You Again
3 - Almost Always
4 - Somewhere Inside
5 - Little Sister's Blue Jeans
6 - The Kind of Heart That Breaks
7 - What About Me
8 - Minute and A Half
9 - Sure Enough
10 - Never Thought of You That Way

Set List

A typical 90 Minute set by Chris Cummings includes all his 20+ radio hits and a selection of cover songs from respected artists like Randy Travis, Bryan Adams, Georgia Satellites and Paul Thorne.

Sample Set List:
1. Sure Enough
2. Cowboy Hats
3. Love Is Fine
4. No One Hurts Me
5. Give Me Tonight
6. I Waited
7. For The Music
8. Not Again
9. In The Nicest Way
10. Heart Like A Stone
11. Benefit Of Doubt
12. Battleship Chains
13. Betty
14. Somewhere Inside
15. That’ll Teach Her
16. Lucy Got Lucky
17. Hey What You Know
18. Leavings Not An Option
19. Dixie Beauxderaunt
20. Kind of Heart That Breaks
21. Forever and Ever, Amen
22. Summer of '69