New album released 21 April 2017
+ album launch show, Birmingham, 22 April 2017
“A true storyteller.” BBC WM INTRODUCING
“Awe-inspiring vocals … this guy deserves to be heard far and wide ” – MAVERICK MAGAZINE
“A real 24 carat find ”- BIRMINGHAM POST
‘He’s ACE!’ – JO WHILEY
Birmingham-based singer-songwriter Chris Tye launches his second album, Stronger In Numbers, on Friday 21 April 2017.
Bigger, deeper and richer than previous releases, the 11 song collection finds the songwriter at the top of his game – from the slow-burning opener, Feature Fight, and the subtle title track, to the Beatlesque If There Is Love, and hopeful closer, More Than A Dream.
With guest appearances from a string of West Midlands artists, including Dan Whitehouse, Vijay Kishore, Jayne Powell and Boat To Row frontman Michael King, as well as a co-write with Jo Hamilton (the rich No Sing), the album was recorded in Kings Heath, Birmingham, over two months with producer and long-time collaborator Michael Clarke.
Says Tye: “I love working with Michael, I’ve known him for a long time and we’ve got to the stage where we seem to know what the other one is thinking without saying anything.
“We’re both big fans of the classic singer songwriter style, artists like John Martyn, Dylan, Neil Young … but we also love the big sound created by bands like The Shins, The Cure, The National, The Verve. We’re trying to fuse those two genres on this record without diluting either one too much.”
Performing what he describes as “urban folk music”, Tye has previously supported such acts as Ben Howard, Teddy Thompson, Fionn Regan, Sharon Van Etten, Rae Morris and Amy Winehouse. Expanding into film soundtrack work, he’s recently penned music for the short film Balancé (currently screening at film festivals across the world), and the forthcoming documentary, Irene’s Ghost.
The long-awaited successor to 2014’s The Paper Grenade, Stronger In Numbers will be officially launched at Ort, Birmingham, on Saturday 22 April 2017, where Chris will be performing with a minimal backing band comprising of guitar, piano and percussion.
Stronger In Numbers is released on Friday 21 April as a digital download (via all major platforms). CD copies available from live shows and www.christye.co.uk
Chris Tye: Stronger In Numbers
- Feature Fight
- Love On The Line
- Stronger In Numbers
- Low On Time
- The Half Way Up
- Happy When You’re Sad
- No Sing
- Come By My Window
- If There Is Love
- Death By Indifference
- More Than A Dream
Saturday 22 April 2017
Plus support from Hannah Brown
Ort, 500 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9AH
For more details on Balancé, see: www.facebook.com/balancefilm/
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