Christopher Dallman

Christopher Dallman

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Transcendent folk singer with literate, heartsoaked lyrics, soaring melodies, and inspired showmanship.

Biography

#1 on MTVmusic.com - GHOSTS - November/December 2010
#6 on iTunes singer/songwriter chart - SAD BRITNEY November 2009

The last year has been full of milestones for singer-songwriter Christopher Dallman as he continues to watch his star rise. After years of touring behind his debut album ‘Race The Light,’ 2010 saw the release of 2 new EPs produced by the team of Barrie Maguire (Amos Lee, Natalie Merchant, The Wallflowers) and Rachel Alina (Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Mika.)

Never Was, an EP of original songs yielded ‘Ghosts,’ the video for which hit #1 on MTVmusic.com and continues to air on the LOGO Channel.

Sad Britney, an EP of 4 classic Britney Spears songs re-imagined in Dallman’s own emotional palette reached number #6 on iTunes. It’s Dallman’s first record to chart and impressive numbers for a grass-roots, internet release.

Dallman often licenses music for Television and Film and has shared the stage with such notable artists as Amos Lee, Jonathan Rice, George Stanford, and Ben Lee. You can regularly find him singing for his supper at LA’s famed Hotel Café. Look for a new EP in the summer of 2011!

Lyrics

This Is Calm

Written By: Christopher Dallman

so this is calm...
should i feel optimistic?
should i greet the sun with a smile?
cuz as is it
i roll to my side
and i lay there for a good long while
so this is calm...
should i feel ok?
and should this ok set my inspiration reeling
should i feel like i am pulled in all directions
i feel no pull
i feel nothing

i ride the train from queens to morningside
i keep my eyes straight ahead
i keep my face dignified
but is this linear or a downward slide
this is calm

when i asked you to leave
you threw your wine at the wall
and it bled down, red on white
my stomach didn't turn and i could not match your tears
i just stood there thinking
"what a beautiful sight!"

i guess i should feel like i can do anything
but i can't do anything at all
i can't do anything but fall down on my knees
at the whims of dreams
i cannot do this to myself anymore
stand so strong and still THIS IS MY VOICE
I wonder why i can't feel this
i wonder why i can't feel this
i wonder why i can't feel these questions in my throat
i don't know how
i don't know how to live
but i will learn
to live...
to stand...
to breathe...
to love...
to taste...
to love...
i will move on.

Nighttime in the City

Written By: Christopher Dallman

lately, i don't see much of the daylight
it's squandered before i rise out of bed
i drink my coffee at twighlight
at the kitchen table
why fight this ache that last night left in my head

last night i was weightless
last night was a dance
last night i found comfort in falling into chance

and in the moonlight we are all so pretty
beautiful...
we hold on tight to nighttime in the city

lately, i don't see much of the daylight
and i can't say that i miss it much at all
street signs fly by, driving downtown i'm so high
and for the first time i don't fear a fall!

cuz we are all so weightless
every step a dance
and now for the first time i can see the beauty in chance

there's a light up above
a wind that i breathe into me
i'm so full of love
so full of energy
we are made of
pieces of this light
pieces of this light

Mistake

Written By: Christopher Dallman

On a day like today
when i do everything i always say i won't
just when things were riding fine
i lose sight of the line between do and don't

if i'm gonna make a mistake
it's gonna be big
why sip it when i can drink it down
why hold it if i can pass it around
and around

on a day like today
when i can't find the faith or will to pray
i can match the sky, gray for gray
if you can't get me high, best stay out of my way

chorus

i can't trust myself anymore
i can't trust the light
i left on in the bathroom
to help me find my way at night
so i use my hands
i grope at the wall
if i can't trust myself
then i can't trust anyone at all

on a day like today
when i do everything i always say i won't
it seems i do this everytime
i disregard the line between do and don't

chorus

Ghosts

Written By: Christopher Dallman

You drink right down
To the bottom of the bottle
Every night
Whiskey or wine
Will do you fine
Get your blue flame burning bright

Or you’re laying in bed
With a haunted head
And all these rooms to fill
It’s a sleepless trance
When spirits dance all night and won’t sit still

Don’t keep the ghosts inside
Get them out of your head
Don’t keep the ghosts inside
Get them out of your head

You’re running from your lover
Running from your best friend
Running from your name
You race through regrets
Like cigarettes
And you can’t break this chain

Don’t keep the ghosts inside
Get them out of your head
Don’t keep the ghosts inside
Get them out of your head
Maybe you should just count sheep instead
Out of your head
Out of your head

You try to hush your heart
Try to hush your brain
You’re going to kill your love
Trying to numb your pain
Can’t face these ghosts if you hide away
Baby, own yourself don’t hide away
Hide away

Don’t keep the ghosts inside
Get them out of your head
Don’t keep the ghosts inside
Get them out of your head
Maybe you should just count sheep instead
Out of your head
Out of your head

You’re running from your lover
Running from your best friend
Running from this town
You don’t know
A seed won’t grow
If you don’t plant it in the ground

Discography

2004- Race the Light- produced by Mike Newman

2009- Anthem- produced by George Stanford

2010- Never Was- produced by Barrie Maguire and Rachel Alina

2010- Sad Britney- produced by Barrie Maguire and Rachel Alina

2010- Live in LA - produced by Christopher Dallman

2011- Kisses Champion! - produced by George Stanford

Set List

Sets are usually 45-60 minutes, although i have a large cannon from which to pull and can, um, go longer...
typical set:
Barely Breaking Noon
Motel Room
This is Calm
Little Red Corvette- cover
Hollow High
Driving To You
Brand New Lover
Right on Time
Nighttime in the City