Chris Strei is a singer/songwriter from Ontario, Canada whose style has been compared with Chris Stapleton, Tom Petty, Doc Walker, and Tragically Hip. Chris draws on his own life experiences for inspiration in his music. With composition influenced by blues, bluegrass, and also some elements of hand rock and metal, Chris’s songs tell stories with a relatable point of view.
It’s fair to say he’s not the only one who deals with these situations and themes. Since the end of 2017, Chris has come a long way in a short time; following an opportunity to open for the Juno nominated band The Trews in December, he embraced a philosophy that you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take, and began to seize every opportunity he could in order to keep moving forward. In June 2018, Chris embarked on his first cross-Canada blackbird tour from Ontario to Alberta with a return trip to Alberta in June 2019; he accepted an opportunity to perform alongside Juno nominated folk and pop singer Dayna Manning in August; and in September he cracked the top 25 in The Shot, Canada’s premier singing competition. Chris has also been blessed with an appearance at Canadian music week, Hugh’s Room Live, and most recently make his radio debut on Niagara’s country89!
In July 2019, Chris released his full length album, “The Moonshine” (Produced by Ian McNally, mixed by Paul Intson and Ian McNally) to a sold out venue at Riffs Music Lounge in Woodstock, Ontario. Featuring McNally on guitars, keys, percussion, banjo, tres, and mandolin, Rock Roach of drums, as well as backup vocals with Jay Riehl and Janna Leduc of Thorn and Roses, Paul Intson on upright bass, Steve O’Connor on keys. The Moonshine is a collection of 10 dynamic songs that touch on various topics and styles, from the sweet commitment of “Love You Anyhow,” to the date night glow of a dashboard light on the album’s title track “Moonshine”, the bittersweet goodbye of “Timbercreek” and the gritty, fan favorite “Prison Bound Man”.
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