The multi-talented star of ABC’s “Nashville” Chris Carmack is gearing up for the independent release of his debut EP, “Pieces Of You”, this Friday, December 11th. Leading up to the launch, fans can get an exclusive first listen of the five-track project online at Entertainment Weekly, which hails, “Carmack picks blues music in the vein of Continuum-John Mayer with screaming electric guitar riffs and jazz melodies.”
“Pieces Of You” is also available for pre-order at digital retailers. In celebration of the release, Carmack will perform at the Grand Ole Opry this Friday, December 11th at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
“Pieces Of You” is produced by multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winner Ben Fowler and Phoenix Mendoza. Written solely by Carmack, the EP echoes his wide range of influences from everything from rock, pop and Americana to the jazz and blues he grew up listening to and playing on saxophone in his high school jazz band.
Music came first, before the acting. I find that when I write songs it’s through an exploration of myself. It’s very therapeutic. If I’m feeling deep emotions about relationships I’m in or things I’m witnessing, writing and singing these songs helps me deal with it,” said Carmack. “I have a lot to say and a lot more I want to do, and I’m anxious for people to get to hear that. This isn’t some hobby; music means the world to me, and I’m serious about making it the best it can be.”
Carmack admits the move to Nashville, TN for the filming of the hit ABC TV series “Nashville” was an opportunity for him to further develop all aspects of the craft.
It really inspired me to step up my game. When I was in Los Angeles I thought I was pretty good. When I came to Nashville and suddenly was immersed in an entire culture of generational musicians, people who are born into these music legacies and grow up around music and can play many different instruments…much better than I can…I spent a lot more time trying to hone my songwriting, my playing, my voice and my style. I don’t think I would have ever worked as hard at it if I hadn’t come to this town.”
- Being Alone
- Can’t Do It Again
- What Has Changed
- Always Mine
- Pieces Of You
The wonderful Chuck Dauphin said, “The guy is a pure talent – one who isn’t afraid to paint outside the lines, and sound just as pure and as authentic in any one style as the other.” (Sounds Like Nashville)
And Entertainment Weekly noted: “Carmack picks blues music in the vein of Continuum-John Mayer with screaming electric guitar riffs and jazz melodies.” The EP is varied like Chris’ musical background with touches of jazz, blues, pop, American and country.
For more information on Chris Carmack, please visit www.ChrisCarmackMusic.com.