Wallace’s Solo Debut Could Be One Of 2012’s Top Pop Records

Courtesy: ThinkSay Records

Former White Tie Affair front man Chris Wallace could very well be one of pop music’s next big stars.  His debut solo release, “Push Rewind” is a record that any Top 40 pop fan and radio programmer would love.  The album instantly grabs audiences on its opener and lead single ‘Remember When (Push Rewind).’  Lyrically, this is a song about a broken relationship.  But the up-tempo beats and general positive vibe makes for a song that while being introspective, also offers hope, instead of being the standard oh-woe-is-me style song.  That juxtaposition of musical and lyrical content makes for a great first impression for Wallace on his solo debut.

That same positive vibe keeps audiences moving on ‘Keep Me Crazy.’  He sings in the song’s chorus, “Baby you’re a mess/But it’s meant to be/Cause you keep me crazy/Tell me you love me/Everything’s alright/Fifty-seven seconds later/Start a fight/Baby somehow/You’re the one I need/Cause you keep me crazy.”  Who out there hasn’t had this kind of relationship?  It’s the type of relationship with lots of ups and downs.  But for all the downs, there are that many more ups.  And those ups make it all worth it.  Understanding that, mixed with the catchy hooks and beats makes this one more great song.

Wallace offers more than just songs about relationships in his solo debut.  That’s evidenced in the very Katy Perry-esque ‘Invincible.’  This is a great uplifting song for any listener.  Wallace sings in this song, “I see explosions in the sky/Just like the fire in your eyes/Let’s live like we’re running out of time/When they you it’s wrong/And you know that it’s right/Cause your dreams are written/In the stars tonight/You are invincible/You are invincible.  The comparisons to Katy Perry both lyrically and musically are obvious here.  That’s not a bad thing, though as they will make the song that much more fan friendly. 

For all of the hugely radio friendly songs that comprise “Push Rewind”, there is one song that’s even more of a surprise hit in the gentle and tender piano based ‘Ready To Fall.’  The combination of the piano and strings alongside Wallace’s heartfelt lyrics make this one of the songs that regardless of whether or not it gets radio airplay will become an instant fan favorite.  Wallace sings in this song about a special person who has come along and given strength to the subject of the song.  He sings, “My heart was/in pieces/Didn’t think it’d ever stop bleeding/Had nothing/To believe in/You came along/and I started breathing.”  This opening verse alongside the gentle tones of the piano will instantly grab listeners.  Wallace continues offering that positive vibe as he sings, “You make me wanna just let go/Hold you close/Just want you to see/I’m ready to fall/I’m ready to fight/I’m ready to give us a try/I’m ready to live/I’m ready to learn/I’m ready to lose it all.”  Again, this is one of those songs to which so many people can relate.  And while it is being sung by Wallace, it could just as easily be used from both a male or female vantage point.  That dual use makes it that much more of a hit.

Chris Wallace has hit on something special on his debut album, as shown here.  He has shown that he has branched out, and done so in very successful fashion.  Forget boy bands or pop groups in general.  Chris Wallace has shown that his talents are that far reaching.  It would be no surprise if this record becomes one of the year’s best pop records after listening through just once.  “Push Rewind” is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered direct via iTunes at http://bit.ly/PushRewindiTunes.  After fans check out “Push Rewind”, they can also get the latest from Chris on his Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ChrisWallaceMusic, on his Twitter page, https://twitter.com/chriswallace101, and on his official website, http://www.chriswallacemusic.com.

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Chris Wallace Celebrates Album Release This Week

Courtesy: ThinkSay Records

Good morning again, everyone.  I hope your week is going well.  I’ve got a special treat for all of you this morning.  Those of you who read my daily ramblings will recall not that long ago that I had a review of a little new material from pop star Chris Wallace, as well as an interview with him.  Well, Wallace and the people at his label–ThinkSay Records–are happy to announce that Wallace’s new album, “Push Rewind”, is out in stores now and available on iTunes.

In celebration of the new release, Chris and ThinkSay Records are making available for free all week the first single off of his new album, ‘Remember When (Push Rewind).  Fans can download it for free all this week, and ONLY this week on iTunes.  Fans can download it directly through a link at the ThinkSay Records Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ThinkSayRecords

I should also mention that I also have a copy of his new album right here on my desk and have started giving it a listen.  I’ll have a review of that album coming soon.  So keep checking back for that, too!

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White Tie Affair frontman talks solo debut, Lady Gaga, more

Good Monday morning, everyone.  I hope your week is off to a great start.  I’ve got another brand new review on the way.  But before I get into it, I’ve got another special treat of those of you that follow my daily ramblings.  While you wait for this morning’s brand new review, I’ve got an interview with White Tie Affair frontman Chris Wallace.  I had the honor of interviewing Chris recently.  I asked him about his dreams of being a musician, touring with Lady Gaga, and his brand new upcoming solo release, among other topics.  That album is due out this Summer, by the way.  So while you wait for this morning’s new review, why not sit back, grab that cup of coffee, and check out my interview with Chris Wallace.

PP:  Your bio mentions that you didn’t want to follow in your family’s footsteps.  And when you told people about your decision to try your hand in the music business, people talked down to you and tried to discourage you.  What was the reaction of your parents?  

CW:  My parents were always supportive in everything i wanted to do, but they had no idea how much of a dreamer I really was. They just thought it was a hobby I would grow out of. As soon as I got my first guitar there hasn’t really been a plan b to playing and writing music. Ha there still isn’t, and will prolly never be. I’m definitely a lifer. It’s just way to much fun.
PP:  You mention in your bio about pumping Queen in your car when you were growing up.  I’m curious, Queen aside, what were some of your favorite bands to listen to when you were growing up?

CW: I was really obsessed with the killers. for a while. I love how they blended dance, rock, pop and great songwriting to make amazing albums. I also love third eye blind, taking back sunday, and U2 . I’ve always been obsessed with great melodies in music. So also pretty much every pop song I’ve ever heard ha. 

  
PP:  I want to get in to the White Tie Affair for a little bit.  For the fans that might not know, how did the White Tie Affair originally come together? 

CW:  The white tie affair originally was just me. I grew up playing in local rock bands. One day in fall of 06, a  good friend convinced me to finish this pop song I was jokingly working on called ‘Mr Right.’ I produced and wrote it myself. A few weeks after the song was finished, I made up a band name (white tie affair) and put the song on MySpace. Seriously no more that 3 weeks later, I had several major label deal offers. My life had literally changed overnight. All because of one song…I put the band together and wrote our first album. We got to travel the world, play over 1000 shows, and I had such a great time!  

 
PP:  The feeling from White Tie Affair’s Facebook page is that you all are on pretty good terms, despite you striking out on your own.  So for fans of White Tie Affair, what are the band’s plans on recording another album?  Do you just consider doing this a side project, or do you see it taking prominence over White Tie Affair?

CW:  I don’t see myself doing another  white tie album. It was such a different time in my life. In workin on my solo project I’ve finally figured out how to add my personality and raw energy into the songs. The white tie affair was not nearly as personal as my upcoming album ‘Push Rewind.’ We are definitely on great terms tho. 

 
PP:  Getting back to the your bio, it mentions your tour with Lady Gaga.  Can you expand on how taht tour came to be?  Did her people come to you, or was it the other way around?  What was your initial reaction to being included on her tour?

CW:  I was actually turned on to lady gaga’s ‘the fame’ record way before she became a household name. I met her randomly after her set at lalapalooza 07 and had been following her career. So when my manager told me she was looking for acts for her tour. I immediately agreed we should submit for it. And when the tour started 9 months later, Lady Gaga was on her third #1 single and had become the biggest thing in music. It was more luck and timing and relationships that got me on that tour.  My initial reaction was… Wow this could be fun, but as her fame grew and grew and grew, It became more and more surreal. Gaga is such a great person and I learned so much from hangin out with her on that tour.  

PP:  Your bio mentions how you watched Axl Rose warm up for his show.  Are there any other favorite or least favorite moments that you can share with readers about your tour?  Are there any artists/bands that are on your “MUST” list in terms of who you’d love to tour with?

CW:  My favorite moment on tour had to be singing onstage with cindi lauper. A few years ago I was the opening act for 2 dates on her true colors tour. During our set, I glanced over and saw cindi lauper and Rosie o’donnel watching me play. If that wasn’t surreal enough… Right after my set they cornered me and told me how great I did. Cindi asked if I would come out and sing the second verse  of true colors with her. I went in my dressing room and listened to that song at least 30 times to prepare. Sharing the stage with such a music icon was something I could only dream of.   

PP:  You were really shy when you were growing up.  So are you still shy today, as an adult when you’re not performing?  Or do you find yourself a lot more open as a result of being such a huge star?

CW: I’m not shy at all anymore. I think it was just a part of growing up and finding myself. Music really helped me figure out how to express myself and the be person I wanted to be. Once I go in touch with who I was, it was hard to get me to stop talking haha.  
PP:  One more question before I go.  Your debut solo release comes out soon. For fans who have never heard The White Tie Affair or your music, what can they expect from your new album?

CW: At the core ‘push rewind’ has very hard hitting pop rock songs like ‘remember when’ and ‘keep me crazy.’ ..but there are also a few slower songs  like ‘ready to fall’ that i wrote on piano with a string quartet. Overall you can expect a high energy pop rock dance album that is very honest and personal.

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