Chris J. Connolly
Weaving between two continents, Chris J. Connolly’s music has been his support system and a reflection of his journeys. Originally from Staffordshire, England - Chris spent his early years performing in hometown venues before eventually crossing the Atlantic to reside in his current home on Long Island. Inspired by both early American roots music and modern alt-rock, Chris grew to craft his own unique style of writing and phrasing that moves between sublime, evolving and hook based melodies.
Chris’s debut album Flying Lessons, released in 2015, is anchored around his raw acoustic guitar and vocal arrangements while also exploring newfound sonic territory. With minimalistic additions of percussion, bass, and electric guitar, the album is a diverse and spacious journey rooted in natural performances and craftsmanship that maintains the intimacy and presence of his earlier work.
Currently Chris is finishing up his sophmore album for a release in late summer of 2017.
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“not straight up anything - a big multi-continental stew of rock, folk, blues, pop and Americana” - WRCN 103.9FM - Jerry Schaefer
“An impressive debut album with engaging songs, delivered in his tenor voice with solid guitar work, bass and percussion” -- Charlie Backfish, host of "Sunday Street" - WUSB, 90.1FM
“…a fresh take on (an) old, no-fuss approach to making music… sweet-sounding, interlacing acoustic guitars and sometimes a sparking electric, putting his high tenor vocal and rich harmonies up front and center.”" - Something Else! - somethingelsereviews.com
"a rewarding listen (that) packs some impressive emotional heft and compelling songwriting... top-notch pop/folk fusion that’s pure ear candy" - hotindienews.com
"a brilliantly classic and sentimental album that can only bring you to a standstill." - musicmuso.com
CMJ Feb 2014 Mixtape - Featured New Release
"Fight at the End"
Alive After Five
Porters on the Lane
Putnams Pub, Brooklyn
Rockwood Music Hall
The Local NYC
The Way Station
WUSB 90.1 FM
WEHM 92.6 FM & 96.9 FM
WRCN 103.9 FM