Chris Wynters

Chris Wynters

 Edmonton, Alberta, CAN
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Chris was born in England but grew up in Western Canada. His music lands somewhere between this side of the Atlantic and that...somewhere between The Smiths and REM. SOCAN songwriter of the year for "SOMEDAY" (in Audio section). Chris has written hundreds of songs and five award winning musicals.

Biography

After completing the Theatre Arts Program at MacEwan College in 1990 Chris began his career divided between music and theatre. Almost immediately after graduation his first band, THE BRAVE AND FOOLISH went on tour across Western Canada in support of their independent release, DOGS FOR DAYS. At the same time Chris was working as an actor in the Edmonton area, doing shows with CHINOOK THEATRE, STAGE WEST, and many with LEAVE IT TO JANE. At the end of the 1991 season, THE BRAVE AND FOOLISH starred in DIAMOND STUDS, which won the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Best Musical. Chris and the band teamed up again with the Janes the next year and this time wrote a new musical, FRANKENSTEIN. Chris and musical co-writer Scott Peters won a Sterling award for Best Musical Composition for their work on that project.


In the fall of 1993, Chris formed the band CAPTAIN TRACTOR with Scott he's never really looked back. Seven albums, nine videos, dozens of awards, numerous border crossings and international excursions, tons of fast food and least twenty non-stop Canadian tours later...CAPTAIN TRACTOR is one of this country's most successful independent bands ever. Their album, EAST OF EDSON, is a gold record in Canada, having reached this mark through the efforts of the band's own record label, LUGAN RECORDS. They have since signed a record deal with SIX SHOOTER/WARNER.


In 2000, CAPTAIN TRACTOR and the Janes teamed up and remounted DIAMOND STUDS and Chris returned to doing theatre for the first time in six years. Soon after that he appeared in the Canadian Premiere of Stephen Sondheim's first musical, SATURDAY NIGHT. Next Chris teamed up with Tim Ryan and Jeff Smook and wrote RED LIPS, THE MUSICAL which was nominated for several Sterlings. He also appeared in that show and has continued to pursue acting. Recently he appeared as Johnny Casino in the Citadel Theatre's production of GREASE. He also played SKZSP the Guitar Player for the Angry Inch in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH with Theatre Network for which he received a Sterling Award for outstanding Musical Direction. He even had a principal role in the Stephen Spielberg produced mini-series INTO THE WEST.


In 2003 Chris hooked up with Bridget Ryan and created THE WINTER'S TALE PROJECT for MacEwan College in Edmonton. The show was first performed by the theatre arts class of 2003. The show was remounted in 2004 by a professional cast in a workshop production at La Cite Francophone. Chris received Sterling Awards for Musical Direction and Best Score. The production also won for Best Independent Production and Best Musical.


In 2005 Chris released his first solo album, SKYWRITING, on SIX SHOOTER/WARNER and has been touring both solo and with CAPTAIN TRACTOR. Chris has received many awards as a songwriter including SOCAN's Songwriter of the year for his song, SOMEDAY and Alberta Recording Industry Assocition Award (ARIA) for Single Of The Year for a song called UP THE HILL.


Recently Chris built and opened The Norwood Studio in Edmonton, Alberta. He has been busy recording musical scores for film and television and, along with his partner JAMES MURDOCH (Indica/Aquarius), has been producing records for various artists, icluding AMY SEELEY, NICK PERREAULT, DEON BLYAN and THE WHEAT POOL.

Last summer Chris and Bridget took the Winter's Tale Project to FringeNYC where they had a very successful run at the Village Theater on Bleecker Street.

In the spring of 2008 Red Deer College produced the show and sold out the entire run.

Chris's latest musical, WedLOCKED, ran all summer at the Mayfield Theatre in Edmonton.

Lyrics

Someday

Written By: Chris Wynters

Someday
I will lay me down
And someday
I'll find the sacred ground
And I wll not cave in
Until that place I find
And then I'll shout it from the rooftops
Like a lunatic that's found his mind

Someday
You will see me fly
And someday
I will be the sky
And I will not cave in
Until I find my wings
Then I'll look out upon the rooftops
I won't give a damn about a thing

And if you loved me
I would be alright
And if you loved me
I could live through another night

Someday
I will wear you down
Someday
You'll let me hang around
And I will not cave in
Until you shout my name
Then I'll look out upon the rooftops
Like a lunatic and do the same

And if you loved me
I would be alright
And if you loved me
I could live through another night

American Thanksgiving

Written By: Chris Wynters

Red beads of water
Run down the windshield
Taillights blinking like a million red eyes
Thanksgiving traffic
And west coast weather
Socked in tight along the Interstate 5

And we're all fine
And we're still alive

And I hope you got a lot to...
I hope you've got a lot to be thankful for
I hope you've got a lot to be thankful for

Share a shitty wheat beer
Share a story
Share a decent smoke
And we're sick of "Copper"
And "Morning Glory"
And all that post-punk wimpy folk

And I hope you got a lot to...
I hope you've got a lot to be thankful for
I hope you've got a lot to be thankful for

And I'm digging all the dangers
Of another day
With a headache full of strangers
And a heartache for familiar ways
Season into season
Summer into rain
Stopped dead here in the fast lane

I see my breath
And it warms the raining
Through this cool Thanksgiving Night
Wish you were here
But I'm not complaining
I just thank God I've got you to write

And I hope you got a lot to...
I hope you've got a lot to be thankful for
I hope you've got a lot to be thankful for
'Cause we're still all out here
Like it's how we always were
We won't ever know
And it won't ever change
It won't ever change
It won't ever change

The Summer of our Discontent

Written By: Chris Wynters

Here's one for all the drinks
We never shared
And here's one for moments
Never spent
And here's one for that photograph
You're standing in the sun
The city's ours behind
Leaving

Morning's lost
Money's spent
Holding on
Through that summer of our discontent
We're speeding south
Under sapphire sky
Leaving doubt and uncertainty behind

Dreams fade in fall
They fall and fade away
Dreams follow paths
That you won't see
Now you're half way
Across the continent
Still you're all around this town
You're right outside the door
Leaving

Morning's lost
Money's spent
Holding on
Through that summer of our discontent
We're speeding south
Under sapphire sky
Leaving doubt and uncertainty behind

That's how I'll picture you
Breathing summertime
Breathing
Air of innocence
And I was by your side

Still see you standing there
Against the skyline
And we've won
We just didn't know it yet
But we brought it on
We were stupid
We were brilliant
We were not afraid of anyone

Morning's lost
Money's spent
Holding on
Through that summer of our discontent
We're speeding south
Under sapphire sky
Leaving doubt and uncertainty behind
Breathing summertime
And I was by your side
I was by your side
I was by your side

Pour Me Another

Written By: Chris Wynters

She says hello as I stand at the bar
From a shadow just out of sight
And I tell her that I need a stiff double gin
To make it through the night

She smiles and she picks up a bottle
Of the finest Irish fire
She says it might not be gin
But you'll do yourself in
Hell I'll join you for a while

I'll pour you another
I'll talk you down
I'll pour you another
Hell there's no one else around
Anyway

She leads me out down the seawall
Stumbling drunk in the salty air
Arm in arm up the steps to her house on the hill
Looming nearer with every stair

She says she can't wait for the morning
As she falls through her bedroom door
She says you'll never believe
How the sun on the sea
Really makes your spirit soar
Then she spreads herself out on the floor
Saying

Pour me another
Then lay me down
We could almost be lovers
Hell there's no one else around
Anyway

And all the pictures on the wall
Mark the stations of her fall
I want to decipher it all
Before I give in

The night closes in on the light of the candle flame
Fire
Red, orange, yellow envelopes the velvet dark
And in my almost lover's eyes
The glow it could like the sun
Heading for the horizon
And then I fade and...

In the morning I wake
With a headache alone in her bed
And the sun's streaming down
On the sea and the town
And the memory of what she said

Pour me another
Then lay me down
We could almost be lovers
Hell there's no one else around

And all the pictures on the wall
Mark the stations of her fall
I want to decipher it all
And I know I won't see her again

She said hello as I stood at the bar
From a shadow in a blur
And I told her I needed a stiff double gin
But that's the last thing I know for sure

To The Moon And Back

Written By: Chris Wynters

They say this melody
Is from a little tune
A song a young man used to sing
Beneath the waxen moon

He sang it for a girl and he said
A timeless love is ours
A love that lives forever
With the sun and moon and stars

I love you to the moon and back again
I love you to the moon and back again

I have to do this now he said
I journey out to sea
My love I will return to you
Wait for me

And on the day he left
The clouds filled up the sky
She wave and watched him sail away
And tears filled up her eyes

She shut them tight
And he was standing there
She felt him run his fingers
Through her hair
I love you to the moon and back
And that I truly swear

For years she sang
And one day men returned with news
That he was lost
His ship had gone down years ago
The death knell rang
Out to the ocean soft and still
I love you to the moon and back
And always will

She kept her vow for years
And never deemed the world unfair
And then one day like any other
He was standing there

He held her close
And everybody cried
He told her nothing in this big old world
Could take him from her side
I love you to the moon and back
They've blessed us from above
I love you to the moon and back my love

Happy To Be Unhappy

Written By: Chris Wynters

They're all living a month of Sundays
They're all looking through rosy shades
He sees her, thinks she looks overdone
Someone throws on the Smiths and the future fades

They're all living the life of Riley
Flying along on the roller blades
He says hello she replies so drily,
Subtext of headaches and hand grenades

But she wants to say "Hey,
I'm sorry I feel this way
With all of my darkness flooding into your light"

But I'm happy to be unhappy
Just not too unhappy
'Cause nothing's really that bad"

He says, "God, it's a senseless party"
Hated the host in secondary school
And she confides the invite said dress "arty"
And now she sees it meant dress like a fool

She's drinking gin with a twist of lemon
Says she's been downing it since she was ten
And he drinks no-name rum and Seven
Won't line the pockets of the advert men

But he wants to say "Hey,
I'm sorry that I'm this way
With all of my darkness flooding into your light

But I'm happy to be unhappy
Just not too unhappy
'Cause nothing's really that bad
They're all so jolly, I'm melancholy
Guess that's just my senseless folly
To stay selfishly, stylishly sad

And suddenly she looks scary
Beautiful and solitary
A contradiction and a welcome one
And she has herself a guess
There's something there, some emptiness
A look she notices each time she puts her makeup on
And do you feel the same way?

Now she shines with the darkness of Leonard Cohen
He'll self-destruct like Courtney Love-Cobain
So she invites him back for coffee
They leave the party with due disdain
It's crappy out in the pouring rain
She kisses him and thinks "Man, life is so mundane"
And he's pretty sure she's insane

But I'm happy that you're unhappy
We're both so unhappy
And I'm so glad
It's so poetic, we're so pathetic
It's perfect, it's a true aesthetic
We're just so hopelessly happily sad

Happy to be unhappy
I'm just so unhappy
Happy to be unhappy
Happy To Be Unhappy

Discography

As a solo artist:
Skywriting - Six Shooter Records (Toronto) - 2005- www.sixshooterrecords.com

With Captain Tractor:
Land - Lugan Records (Edmonton) - 1994
East Of Edson - Lugan Records (Edmonton) - 1995
Bought The Farm - Lugan Records (Edmonton) - 1997
Celebrity Traffic Jam - Square Dog (Toronto) - 1999
Hoserista - Six Shooter Records (Toronto) - 2000
North Of The Yellowhead - Six Shooter Records (Toronto) - 2005

For the Theatre:
The Winter's Tale Project Original Cast Recording - 2004 - scarabsounds
Red Lips, The Musical - 2001 - scarabsounds

Set List

Chris can play for hours if you let him. He has hundreds of original songs. Covers include: Rattlesnakes - Lloyd Cole, Driver 8 - REM, Famous Blue Raincoat - Leonard Cohen, Nighttime - Big Star, Waltz # 2 - Elliot Smith, Little Bones - The Tragically Hip.