Chris Gill

FRESH: ‘Into The Light’ (Album) – Chris Gill

Chris Gill releases his debut album, “Into The Light”

Saltburn By The Sea based singer-songwriter Chris Gill has just released his very first album. With deep and personal lyrics, distinct vocals and subtle acoustic tones, Chris has developed an eclectic sound that is utterly compelling. His debut album, “Into The Light”, which was recorded at Mirage Studios in Marske-by-the-Sea, was officially released on the 10th of September.

Chris tells us about ‘Into The Light’: “The album has a mixture of vibes and the running order is very specific; for example, the first three songs express the early stages of what would be a very tough and emotional period of my life during 2019. However, once we reach song four, it takes the listeners away from the main story – almost like a respite you could say – and this sequence follows through the album. The idea was to create something deep and personal that others can relate too, but also to remind us (myself included) that there’s more to life than heartbreak”.

In terms of his influences, Chris grew up listening to the likes of Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Dolly Parton and the Rolling Stones and it’s these musicians that inspired him the most. Speaking about his influences, Chris adds: “They inspired me because each of them had their own image and style that fans adored. Also, when you think about their backgrounds, and where they came from, they all started with very little and became so much”.

In 2019, Chris debuted his first single, “Libertad”, and quickly followed up with his second release, “What You Have To Say”, several months later. Towards the end of 2019 Chris became determined to progress his musical career by writing and recording his first album which would see him take a big step in showcasing his songwriting and performance. Together with his producer, he spent 12 months working on “Into The Light”. Chris is now focusing on playing live performances, hopefully in the near future.

“Into The Light” opens with the beautiful “Cold”, with a quality that matches artists and band’s with many decades in the industry. The song opens up into a perfect road trip classic with its guitar-laden choruses and foot-tapping bridges. “Play With Fire” is pure class. I love this song on first listen. On second, it’s sublime. A highlight so early in and one not to be missed out (and very possibly one for the repeat button!). “Goodbye” keeps the momentumn going is only with a tinge of sadness and loss in the lyrics. “Hard Times” follows with its infectious rhythm and hook, it’s very Proclaimers, but without the annoyance!

“Separate Ways” takes the pace and tone down somewhat but never loses the richness of Chris’ soul and passion both lyrically or in the backing track and that floods over into “Father”, conveying its very personal message that Chris wants heard. Chris ramps up the positivity with the superb “Meteorite”, yet another standout track on this album, with awesome vocals and it’s powerful message of love and meeting that person who makes you feel so good – and any song that uses the line “like being on cloud nine, I ain’t ever leaving” – is number one in my book! Chris continues his ‘odyssey’ into love with the gorgeous “All Thats In-Between”, and it’s quite clear, he is loving this feeling oh so much!

The album finishes with Chris’ aforementioned two single releases that precede “Into The Light”, the catchy “What You Have To Say” and the poignant “Libertad”, which introduced us all to Chris’ latent talent that he has now decided to share with us all and one that makes this first effort such an astonishing achievement. “Into The Light” has clean and mature sound and from such a young and clearly very talented artist. I hope this album gets heard as it so deserves to be and brings Chris out ‘into the light’, stage front and who knows where to…!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!