CHRIS EMERSON
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"All Because Of You" # 22 Billboard AC/ # 15 FMQB
"Broken Heart" # 28 Billbaord AC/ # 18 FMQB
"Babys Gone" # 34 Billboard AC/ # 38 FMQB

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"All Because Of You" Dawson's Creek
"Fly Away" Regis & Kelly
"Another Williams Tune" Tuckerville (on new cd)

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"Broken Heart"

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Chris Emerson "Chris Emerson" 2003
Chris Emerson "Shadow Of You" 2005

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CHRIS EMERSON'S critically acclaimed self titled debut album spun 3 Billboard singles and put him on stage in front of thousands of people with the likes of Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, Hootie And The Blowfish, Foreigner, and Grammy Award winner, Shawn Colvin to name a few.

Emerson's cites his influences from classic rock to country. His debut release was a pop/ rock record with a touch of country. His new CD is a country record with a touch of pop. Billboards' Chuck Taylor described him as "having an earthy confessional lyrical style equally accessible to coffeehouses and MTV," or CMT and GAC as the case may soon be.

Like many singers Emerson took an interest in music at the young age of five in Cambridge, MD learning how to tune his dads Gibson 12 string acoustic guitar, won in a poker game in college, and singing along to the diverse record collection his parents had. When his family moved to Boston he formed several high school bands and secured the lead in several high school musicals.

While attending Massachusetts College of Art, Chris met a producer and started working as a demo singer. He eventually began recording his own material. Emerson spent years recording by day and bartending at night. He put several bands together and shopped his material in NYC and in LA. “Everyone loved my voice but I was broke and none of the big producers would take me on spec- it was very frustrating. “

He was about to forget his dream of being a recording artist until as fate would have it one of his demos found it's way to Indie Label Monomoy/Empire/BMG. “They totally got what I was trying to do and let me have complete artistic control over the material and the production.” Reflects Emerson.

Not only did Emerson bring home 3 top 40 Billboard AC Singles, but he was interviewed by R&R Magazine after Monomoy received The prestigious R&R Industry Achievement Award, AC Label Of The Year 2003! It is also important to note Emerson was the only artist on the roster, and Monomoy didn’t spend any advertisement dollars with R&R, if you were wondering!

The album took a year to complete. Emerson wrote or co-wrote ten of the thirteen songs. Not long after, he was given a song by Diane Warren, the hit songstress who penned such hits as "I'll Be" for Edwin McCain and "Don't want To Miss A Thing" for Aerosmith. Emerson co-produced the album with Leo Mellace and Steven Catizone. It was mixed by John Luongo and Mix engineered by Peter Moshay (Brian Adams, Mariah Carey, and Hall and Oates.) It was mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in NYC.

After the record was completed one of the tracks, "All Because Of You" won second place in The John Lennon International Songwriting Contest - no small feat - there were 40,000 entries worldwide. This exposure led to the song being discovered by the folks at WB Network, who put it on "Dawson's Creek". "After my song was on DC I began getting e-mails from people all around the world," recalls Emerson. "It was great exposure." The song was the first single at radio; it went to # 22 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and #15 on the FMQB chart, (FMQB is the chart for the secondary radio station market.) "It's pretty weird when you see you name next to some of your biggest influences on the Billboard chart," says Emerson. Subsequent singles, "Broken Heart" and "Baby's Gone" charted in the high twenties and low thirties respectively.

As soon as the first single was sent out, Emerson went out on a 6 month radio promotional tour. “When the tour first started PDs were saying, who’s visiting us today? By the time I was at #22, they were saying “hey buddy,” when I walked in the station- that’s when they started asking me if I wanted to do shows.” Laughs Emerson.

He was doing morning shows at radio and local television to promote the record. There’s nothing more fun than singing at 6: 30 am.” Jokes Emerson. You get there and it’s like no one is the boss and some crew guy tells you to go wait in the green room with this massive table covered with makeup and there’s the stale coffee and doughnut and the weather guy is on the green room TV. As soon as you go on, your 30 seconds into the song and they break to a commercial tell you were “Great” and ask you if you know your way out! You leave the hotel at 6: 15 a.m. and you back in bed by 6:45 a.m.” recounts Emerson.

After the promotional tour, Emerson went back to Boston and put an acoustic trio together to begin an east cost tour. “I couldn’t find a guitarist in Boston that was good and wanted to tour. Most of the cats in Boston are teachers by the time they’re really good. So I got a referral from a friend in Nashville. Jamie Laritz. He is awesome and wanted to go out. Then I recruited the amazing Tracey Silverman on Electric Violin.” recalls Emerson. “The acoustic tour was great with all three doing harmonies, but Tracy had to leave to do some dates with Jim Brickman, so Jamie and I decided to go bac