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Chris Kmak, hails from Raleigh, NC and founded A City Apart as a solo act in 2010. Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and writes music and lyrics that weaves his universal story lines into the fabric of his melodies. In 2011, Chris met Will Garlick of South Salem Entertainment, gave him a demo and everything started to move forward really quick. Will had Chris in the studio instantaneously and they rerecorded some of his music including “On Empty Rooftops”.
The sound that emerged was powerful. It was obvious to everyone that Chris’s music needed to be played live with a full band to rock it to its supreme potential. In 2012 Chris met guitarist, Jay Sherman, out of Detroit, MI. They began reworking some of Chris songs as well as co-writing new material. Jay's eclectic background brought a unique dynamic and sound to the songs separating their music from one specific genre. Mitch, a bassist, joined the band in July after relocating from Fayetteville for the project. After some acoustic hows were under their belt, in early autumn Mike Myers, a percussionist from Texas, filled out the line up. They as well added their own textures and nuances Chris’s songs such as “One Stop To Make” and others. The sound that emerged was a unique blend of alternative, emo and post-prog that can bring down the house one minute and drive a nail through your heart and soul the next.
A City Apart, based in Raleigh, is a cutting-edge force in the local music scene and regularly plays at The Lincoln Theater and Deep South the Bar sharing the stages with not only other Raleigh local musicians, but national and international acts as well. In January 2013 the boys headed to Crushtone Studios in Cleveland, OH to cut their debut album, with multi-platinum producer Jim Wirt who has produced Incubus, No Doubt and many more. Look for more tour dates as they just returned and catch A City Apart in Raleigh while you still can see them up close and personal.