Chris Emery is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist located just west of Boston, MA. Since a young age, music has been a passion of his. He has had songs featured on NECN’s “Spotlight Artist” as well as airtime on many local radio stations, and he performs live throughout the New England area. An EP written the year before Emery got married, True Love of Mine was a surprise for his bride and presented to her on their wedding day.
I felt at the crux of these songs were Emery’s vocal performances. He really flexes his talents and utilizes his voice as another instrument. Creating vocal harmonies and textures with his agile vocal abilities, Emery is able to recreate many memorable moments with his emotional and powerful delivery. The piano also plays a central role.
True Love of Mine begins with “Strong Life,” where steady piano chords progress the mellow sounds on this track. The song sounds very much in the vein of a ballad as beats and synths add traction to this track. The lyrics talk about a powerful love that lays the foundation to a ‘strong life.’ You can really feel Emery’s sincere emotions pervading this song. A lovely piano melody enlivens the atmosphere for the cover to “I Can’t Help Falling In Love,” originally performed by Elvis. Once the drumming beat enters, the music grows more dynamic and attention-grabbing. Eventually, synthetic strings added a more dramatic component. On “True Love Of Mine,” the piano sounded very somber at first, but once Emery’s vocals hit, it became more energized.
I’m pretty sure when Emery presented this album to his wife, tears and hugs were present. Reminiscent of bands like Five for Fighting, Train and Lifehouse, these tracks have a powerhouse pop feel with a whole lot of weight on emotional impact. According to Emery, his songwriting process was a unique one. He started by writing a few jingles, and then he would add to them every day. He went through the process by following the1% rule. Which is that every day all he set out to do was enhance or add to the songs by 1%. Entirely completed by using this method, those 1% accumulated to a finished project over the course of a year.
I thought this release was a solid effort, showing his potential as an artist, and I am excited to see where he takes his sound to next.
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