Sunday, September 16, 2007
The Next Mr.A-to-Z
At 6'6" and long, scraggly hair, it’s hard to miss Chris Nathan in a crowd. And once he steps onto the stage, it’s even harder to take your eyes away from him. His voice is raw and true, just like his lyrics. The melodies get stuck in your head, and within the first five minutes of his set the audience quickly sings along and participates in the musical love festival that Nathan has begun.
Nathan has somehow managed to combine that acoustic singer/songwriter sound that so many of us love, with emo, rock, hip-hop, and country. His sound was described by one audience member as “countrymo: it’s country and emo!” Nathan also plays a variety of covers in his set, including Jason Mraz, Oasis, and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song that we all love to sing along to.
As Nathan gets into the music, his hat doesn’t stay on his head long; his hair can’t seem to be confined by a hat and nor can he. His lyrics are infectious, honest, and true to his life, who he is, and the man he hopes to become. Some personal favorites of mine that will be on his upcoming debut album (due out in October) are “The Contender” in which he sings “I’ve been wasting my time, stepping over the line,” and you can tell he means it. Other tracks include “Bonnie and Clyde” where he tells the true story of the infamous couple, Bonnie and Clyde, from start to finish. “Bad Habits”, which we all can relate to in some way. “Stone Me” written by his producer, Terry Sawchuk, rings true to anyone who’s struggled in those oh-so-confusing love relationships that you can't live with but can’t live without. "All Four Seasons" with lyrics and vocals so full of pain you can't help but hurt along with him. “Girl By The Window” is the tune that makes every female wish and hope was written about them. Every singer/songwriter has to have a song for the ladies, right?
Although, you may not have heard of Christ Nathan until now, once you hear his debut album, or catch a live show of his, you will never be able to forget his name, his songs, and that smile that surely will make your heart melt. For more information on Chris Nathan check out: www.myspace.com/chrisnathanmusic
-written by Christina V.- the Nashville PV girl that believes no press is bad press!(www.myspace.com/christinaisawesome)