Nashville based singer-songwriter/ producer Chris Cron is injecting optimism to pop music with his latest quirky gem, “FAKE NEWS”. The soulful crooner provides a tongue in cheek story relatable to the everyday listener. I recently had a chat with Cron about his music journey, the story behind “FAKE NEWS” in addition to learning about his experience being on NBC’s The Voice among other topics.

SR: What is your story?

CC: Oh Man. I was a Southern California kid in a band that got signed in a band to a major label, had a number 1 in Japan and toured the world. We came home to a record label that didn’t know who we were, despite the success we had. A bunch of people had been fired including the president and that led us to parting ways with them. After unsuccessfully shopping ourselves around to other labels, we broke up. It didn’t end all that well and I lost some friends in the process as well as myself. I’ve spent the last 7 years trying to figure out who I am. I got married and had a kid during that time and honestly my wife and son have been two of the most important people pointing me back to god. Now as a completely independent artist, I’m releasing what I feel is the best stuff I’ve made.

SR: How would you describe your music?

CC: Describing my music is really just describing myself. I’m a hopeless romantic, a bit cynical, yet typically optimistic. I tend to lean towards melodrama, both musically and lyrically. Musically, Pop-Rock is the most accurate description, but with keyboards being my choice over guitars usually.

SR: What was your experience auditioning for The Voice like?

CC: My experience on The Voice was a lot like I expected it to be, with a few surprises, most of which was in my own reaction to it. I knew going in that The Voice is a tv show before it is a singing competition. You need the dramatic elements, desperation and anxiety from the contestants for a show like this to really work on television. So, I went in with a certain awareness of that. I also was confident enough in my voice to be a little side-lined when I didn’t get a chair to turn around. I don’t know whether or not my story was “compelling” enough or what, but I gave it my best, and overall I had a great time on the show. I would never do it again, but it was a learning experience I will never forget.

SR: What artists have been your biggest influence or inspiration?

CC: The artists that are my biggest influence and inspiration have always been those that took the most risks artistically. Damon Albarn is a favorite from Blur to Gorillaz, The Clash, The Specials, U2, Doves, Queen. I could go on. I’m a bit of an anglophile when it comes to music.

SR: What inspired your single,”FAKE NEWS”? What was the recording session like?

CC: “FAKE NEWS” was a shower song; one of those you have to jump out, wrap a towel around yourself and run to the piano. I had been digesting an unhealthy amount of news and just felt a bit disgusted. I wanted to write something real, and the love I have for my wife is about as real as you can get. Love is the hot fudge sundae and “FAKE NEWS” hook is just the cherry on top.

After I wrote the first verse and chorus, I thought that it really should be a duet; something I had never done before but always wanted to do. Serendipitously, I had just met a fantastic writer and singer out of LA named Daena Jay, and I bought her in to help me finish the song and she was willing to lend her vocal to the song. After it was finished, I went to work on the track in my home studio. I started messing around with some Pizzicato strings and came up with this very disney pattern I loved, but wanted it to feel a bit stranger than that. I had been watching Twin Peaks and listening to Nick Cave and decided that the rest of the track needed to feel a little dirtier to balance it out. So I added this 50’s drum pattern on a drum machine and used one mic, distorted a bit, to record some drum fills, brushes and percussion to layer in to the track. The rest is just chintzy, synthesizer bits. Really not much going on except the vocal, but it just sits together nicely. The orchestra bell was one of the last things I added, as a way to bring extra attention to the hook at the end of the chorus. To me it felt a little ominous and spooky and perfect for that moment. I mixed and mastered the track pretty quickly in logic and that was that.

SR: What do you want your listeners to take with them after listening to your music?

CC: I always want to point my listeners to the truth in whatever I do, even in a light-hearted song like “FAKE NEW.” I want them to get pointed back to what is real and good and to feel moved. The heart knows truth so much more than the mind. So If I can create something that moves people feel the truth, that’s what I’m after.

SR: What advice would you give to anyone who aspires to be an artist?

CC: Get a job. Don’t expect that your art and your means of supporting yourself will be or should be the same thing. Very few artists actually get to create art for a living. There are so many stories of artists dying penniless. There’s no reason for that. Having that time away from your art to make a living will most likely inspire you more.

I’m not saying you should chase money, but from my experience putting the weight of financial responsibility on to your art only makes you compromise and forfeit. Separate the two. Work hard and make great art.

SR: What can we expect next from you?

CC: I have a slew of songs that are half recorded in some form or another. As much as I love albums, singles are the best use of my time. I’ve already got one picked out and I’m working on it. It should be ready to release by late May/early June. Don’t hold me to that, but it should be. Ha!

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