KIFF

KIFF

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*"Impressive talent, formidibly commercial...echos of Maroon5 and Stevie Wonder" --music connection mag *"On the Verge of the Big Time" -- sf chronicle *"Remarkable, A Breath of Fresh Air" --theowlmag.com *"A Minor Masterpiece" --haight ashbury beat

Biography

LEARN MORE AND LISTEN AT http://www.kiff.com or http://www.myspace.com/kiffmusic

In 2003, Chris "Kiff" Gallagher walked away from an impressive career in business and politics, and sat down to write some music. In less than a year he'd written, arranged, and produced Will and
Surrender. Though it was his first attempt at writing pop songs, it was instantly clear that he had a gift. Will and Surrender was a top seller at CDbaby for months, and the single, "Wide Open" charted on Garageband's top 20, all-time, out of more than 17,000.

Over the next year, Kiff earned his reputation as an electric and captivating performer. He rocked crowds in his hometown of San Francisco (Independent, Slim’s, Café du Nord, Sweetwater), NY (Joe's Pub, Makor, Bitter End) and LA (Hotel Café, Viper Room, Temple Bar). With “raspy smooth” vocals, evocative songs and a charismatic stage presence, Kiff headlined sold-out shows and supported acts as diverse as Gavin DeGraw, Aqualung and Maktub.

In early 2005, Kiff began work on his second album. The demos alone were strong enough to get featured on Clear Channel's "New” artist buzz pages; land in “best-of” compilations; and pull top session talent (from acts like Macy Gray, Fionna Apple, Seal, and The Matrix) into his project. The self-produced album, You Can't Keep it Down, also attracted studio veterans, Mark Needham (The Killers, Fleetwood Mac, Chris Isaak) and Joe Chiccarelli (Elton John, U2, Beck) who split the job of mixing the 11 songs. You Can't Keep it Down was "soft" released (to internet retailers and iTunes) by micro-indie, PeaceLabs Records in January 2006.

Kiff’s unique blend of classic song-writing, authentic soul and ripe-for-radio vocals has evolved into something far better than even his buzz-worthy '03 debut predicted. You Can't Keep it Down combines rare artistic gravity with real commercial viability. Early reviews are raving -- calling the new LP a "gem," "extraordinary," and "a minor masterpiece." Nonstop writing, producing and performing has paid off for Kiff with a fresh, engaging sound that truly is, as the SF Chronicle says, "on the verge of the big time." KIFF has recently headlined sold-out shows on both coasts (Independent, SF; and Joe's Pub, NYC).

And that's just Kiff's music...Chris "Kiff" Gallagher also has an extraordinary career behind him. Before he started writing, producing and performing critically acclaimed pop songs, Kiff worked at teh White House for Bill Clinton, Lectured at Stanford, UCLA and other top business schools, was quoted and published in The New York Times, Time Magazine and other global publications as the Director of Strategic Communications during a corporate crisis. Served as President of Social Venture Network - a national organization of socially and environmentally concerned CEO's. Became an investor himself by borrowing money, investing in the stock market, trading daily, beating the market and then financing his two records and music career (after paying back what he owed, plus interest to etrade). this slightly insane and quite precarious design for music self-sustainabilty will continue until some people step up to the plate, or he goes broke...stay tuned.

Lyrics

Follow the Leader

Written By: KIFF

Follow the Leader

It’s getting harder to find
The glow of a silver lining
In the midst of this mine field, well,
I can’t tell what’s wrong and right

Cause it’s time, to rise and shine, yeah
Only one way to survive

Chorus
In this dirty game
Of follow the leader,
What is real, what is right
What is on my mind should be deeper,
Well should be deeper, yeah
Can we get deeper love

Caught in illusion,
As we numb to the social contusion,
Quiet lies and collusion,
Well it’s time to wake up,
It’s time to get it right

Cause it’s time, to rise and shine, yeah
Only one way to survive

In this dirty game
Of follow the leader, oh
What is real, what is right
What is on my mind should be deeper, oh

Shallow and shameful, this
Follow the leader,
What is real, what is right
What is on my mind should be deeper,
Well should be deeper

Yeah, yeah
It’s time to get deep, dig it up ya’ll
Deep down in your soul, don’t tell me that’s all

When I know you’ve got more
Traveling blind, open your eyes

Chorus

wide open

Written By: KIFF

Looks like the rain stopped in my head today and that's OK
So I thought I might call you up to say, you showed the way cuz
You brought light into my mind when I was crying

From too much pressure on my time
My spinnin wheels and sleepless nights

Oh baby you, got me wide open
you got me wide open, I just wanted you to know
You got me wide open, got me wide open
And I'm never gonna close

I think I left my head at work today and that's OK
Won't you throw on that sexy dress and we'll go out to play cuz
I've missed far too many nights caught in my mind

From too much pressure on my time
My spinnin wheels and sleepless nights

Oh baby you, got me wide open
you got me wide open, I just wanted you to know
You got me wide open, got me wide open
And I'm never gonna close

It's emotional flow waterfall in you
I'm unravelling til we get lost from

From too much pressure on my time
My spinnin wheels and sleepless nights

Oh baby you, got me wide open
you got me wide open, I just wanted you to know
You got me wide open, got me wide open
And I'm never gonna close
I'm never gonna close
I'm never gonna close

Die 4 The Cause

Written By: KIFF

Die for the Cause

I wanted you to make me, like I was for the making
I wanted you to tell me, the things I wasn’t saying
So you might buy me, I’m half the man I have inside me

So you can watch me walk away
You can watch me walk away
You can watch and never get who I am

Chorus
But I’m not gonna die for the cause
Take my losses and leave this all behind
I laid my heart on the line for the cause
And I made up my mind I’m movin’ on

You talk about the teaching, but you can’t choose your teachers
You talk about believin’,but you’re no true believer
And no one’s buying, cause talk’s the cheapest product line

So, you can watch me walk away
You can watch me walk away
You can watch and never get who I am

Chorus

There’s something in the rain that keeps me going
And keeps me strong, when my heart is in my throat
But change is what I know, and I’ll keep going

Chorus

Now

Written By: KIFF

Now

You don’t need to love me, no
You don’t need to care, it doesn’t really matter, no
As long as you want me, we’re gonna be alright
You’ll answer my prayers before the morning light, cause

I can’t sleep under these sheets, feeling your heat
Like you’ve been calling
I can’t sleep under these sheets, coming in dreams
Because I want you

Chorus
Now, and I’m wondering if you want me too
Because I want you, Now
And I wonder what you want to do, Now

I just barely met you, but it was understood
You’re more than a crush, ooh
I can only imagine that it feels so good to me
I can’t get enough so get on over here girl

I can’t sleep under these sheets, feeling your heat
Like you’ve been calling
I can’t sleep under these sheets, coming in dreams
Because I want you

Chorus

Well I’ve been tossing and turning,
Swimming through your soft blue eyes
I’ll see you Saturday morning, as I return from Friday night
Unsatisfied, well…

Chorus

How it Feels

Written By: KIFF

How it Feels

You want your freedom your control and your casual flings
Celly ring ringin’
So don’t be surprised if all I want is a physical thing
You got your warning
And don’t be coming with “he’s got it all wrong,
It ain’t fair, it ain’t cool, he’s a dog”
Well I know, it’s just your body clock that’s making you talk
Now you want what I got, well guess what, now I rock
And that’s real, yeah, yeah

Chorus
Darlin’ do you know how it feels
(I don’t think so)
Do you want to know how it feels
(Baby girl do you wanna know)
Darlin do you know how it feels
(I don’t think so)
Do ya?

Everyone’s an emotional capitalist
Get what you can get
Wanna have fun but refuse to invest any risk
You better not miss
Some say I’m crazy to take on in the Bay,
Feminists who will dis what I say
Well I know that I’ve been foolish, now I see how it works
If you play, you get hurt, girl you’ll just have to learn how to deal

Chorus

Oh baby you went and had me crawling down on my knees, and
I did my best to make you my queen.
Oh, no I can’t compete with biology, so
Then I flipped it, do you wanna know how it feels

Chorus out

Coming Home

Written By: KIFF

Coming Home

At 30,000 feet, I hit rewind and close my eyes
To the big screen in my mind
In the darkness you sat next to me
While I packed my suitcase and we tried
To make the best of our good-bye

I’ve seen politics in Washington, and the knife under a doctor
And I watched the boardroom melt down, around me when I stood up
My mama thought I could be president
That I just might be a rock star, but
If I can’t come home to your love, then
Baby, I’ve done nothing,

I’m coming home, I’m coming home

I was always taught that, if I wanted I could fly
Just throw my fingers to the sky
In the darkness, you’ll soar next to me
While I got your back, you’ve got mine
And we’ll sail into the sunrise

Chorus

I’m coming home, I’m coming home
I’m coming home, don’t you know

Well I might be gone today, love
But you’re with me and I’ll be home

Chorus

Discography

You Can't Keep it Down (2006, full length, PeaceLabs Records)
Singles: "Now", "How it Feels", "Lies", "Die 4 the Cause", "Coming Home"
Acoustic: "Starting Line"

Will and Surrender (2004, full length, PeaceLabs Records)
Single: "Wide Open"

Set List

45min-1:15hr depending on show