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"The Right Feel"

"Graham had the right feel for the crowd and played on the interactions."
- Sandra Kim, Humber Press - Humber Press


"The Kid's Got Talent"

"The kid's got talent - he started singing, and that was it - hush right throughout the station."
- Jamie "Gunner" Smith, C101.5 FM - C101.5 FM, Hamilton


"A Great Voice"

The band's televised performance of the song "Call" was recently voted as the overwhelming audience favourite in TVOntario's "Ontario Song Contest Grand Finale". Chris and the band won with 50% out of a total of 13,000 online votes.

This song was one of ten selected by members of Billboard magazine and the Canadian Press, out of hundreds of entries by Independent singer/songwriters from across the province.

Larry LeBlanc of Billboard magazine says Chris "was what we were looking for in the contest - a great voice and a wonderful songwriter - his lyrics are incredible". - BillBoard Magazine


"A Knack for Delicious Melodies"

Graham off on the right foot
By MARK DANIELL - For JAM! Music
Rating: 4/5

EVERY DAY HAS AN END
Chris Graham
(Sublime Media Works)

The stylish cover shot of Chris Graham on his new disc "Every Day Has An End" belies a prescient lyricist with a knack for delicious melodies and supple ballads.

After stints with rock act Ironic Twist and a set with Alice on the sidestage at Woodstock '99, the Toronto-based singer/songwriter's debut, delightfully blends breezy romantic tunes like "Miracles" and "Tip of the Iceberg" with the political narratives of "Gone American" and "If I Knew What It Was."

A record of exquisite minimalism -- soothing acoustic picking, hushed vocals, slow-motion electric guitar and eerie keyboards -- Graham skillfully wears different masks on each of the album's 10 tracks.

Against a call-to-arms guitar riff on "If I Knew What It Was," he projects a voice pitched somewhere between Wes Scantlin's tender vocals from Puddle of Mudd's "Spin You Around" and the driving harmonies of "Cut You In" by Jerry Cantrell, while on "All Split Up" and "Peppercorn Graves" he presents a reasonable facsimile of Tears for Fears' vocalist Roland Orzabal set to drizzly slow jams.

And while he plays all of the instruments on the release, the songs sound as if a group that's been around for years has assembled them.

His delivery on the album's title track "Every Day Has An End" soothes with its message of optimism ("On the clearest day, In the clearest way/ Lightning could strike and you'd walk away from it"). And on "All Split Up," Graham relates the story of a broken relationship ("In my head, I had a plan/ But it slipped out of my hands") with such poignancy that you can hear the door closing as one lover slowly creeps out the back door.

He goes on, dipping his pen in the fountain of politics on "Gone American" ("So many voices, but whose choices/ Are we letting them divorce us from our souls") and "If I knew What It Was" ("Things could turn around this hour/ But politicians meet in sessions/ And do their best Igor impressions"), but Graham is most comfortable wearing his heart on his sleeve and the bittersweet candy of "Rubber Ball," "Downtown" and "All Split Up" is what suits him best. - JAM! Music (the Toronto Sun)


"Chock Full of Deep Meanings"

"With a hearty alternative and acoustic rock sound, Chris Graham steps out with this poignant album. He has the spiritual vibe we love in Switchfoot and Mark Philpot, and manages to rock out like the rest of the mainstreamers we like. Vocally similar to Josh Kelley, Graham blends soft acoustic rock tunes with his harder edge. In "All Split Up" Graham sings, "Well I wanted you to be there in the morning/But instead you left without warning/Now it’s time to face the day." Chock full of deep meanings, Graham retains the ability to rock and turn up rhythm - and he rocks for it. Rating 4 Stars."
- discoveringartists.com - discoveringartists.com


"Distinctly Powerful Vocals"

"..distinctly powerful vocals, and wonderfully orchestrated instrumentals. Mainly, it's a collection of songs that force you to take a minute and think about what you're actually hearing."
- Melissa Thompson, The Mississauga News - the Mississauga News


Discography

Every Day Has An End
All tracks streaming on CDBABY.com, purevolume.com, myspace.com and chrisgrahammusic.com

Radio airplay on C101.5fm in Hamilton, and Edge 102 in Toronto.

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Bio

Singing and writing songs are just the tip of the iceberg for modern rock artist Chris Graham. Chris also records, mixes and produces his own albums in his home studio, in addition to being a multi-instrumentalist, award winning film composer, and premiering a orchestral symphony this past February to a packed house!

Unlike his debut release though where Chris also played the instruments himself, on his upcoming 3-song EP, he brings his live backing band into the studio to lay down the tracks.

The band's televised performance of the song "Call" from this EP was recently voted as the overwhelming audience favourite in TVOntario's "Ontario Song Contest Grand Finale". Chris and the band won with 50% out of a total of 13,000 online votes.

This song was one of ten selected by members of Billboard magazine and the Canadian Press, out of hundreds of entries by Independent singer/songwriters from across the province.

Larry LeBlanc of Billboard magazine says Chris "was what we were looking for in the contest - a great voice and a wonderful songwriter - his lyrics are incredible". Chris' music has also been described in the press as "soothing acoustic picking, hushed vocals, slow-motion electric guitar and eerie keyboards". While Chris' debut, solo CD pulled inspiration from a variety of sources, from globalization to genetically modified food, the soon to be released EP with the band is a more personal effort, focusing more on relationships amongst various people in his life.

Previous projects have included performing live at Woodstock '99, and released a CD with rock act, Ironic Twist in 2002 before venturing out on his own. As a film music composer, he received the award for Best International Short Film at the 2002 New York International Film Festival for his first project, Vodka, Winter and the Cry of Violin. In 2003, he received the Harvey Hart Film Award for scoring the short film Goodman. He just premiered a symphony written for the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra, titled "Urbania". Chris has toured across southern Ontario for the last few years in support of his previous disc, and will be venturing out even farther with the release of the new CD "unsafe" on May 18th of this year.