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"Fusing the most genuine elements of folk and country, the music strikes a balance between being wholly unique and strangely familiar."(Kudos Magazine). Critics and reviewers have praised Chris Jamison's work, all turning their attention to his voice as the centerpiece. His voice, likened to Graceland era Paul Simon for its "silky... light and quick demeanor," (C-Ville Weekly) is the centerpiece. Yet his lyrics, called "contemporary poetry" by the Austin Chronicle, and masterful sense of melody truly convey the artistic depth that sets him apart from other young songwriters on the scene today.
Jamison was born in Texas, raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and finished high school in London, England. It was in London, at age 17, that he first began writing and performing his own songs; putting his notebooks full of poetry to the music of his voice and acoustic guitar. Since graduating from the University of Virginia in 2006 with a degree in political science Jamison has independently released four records (mastering the first two, Into Surrender and Strangers and Lovers, at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios).
The summer of 2013 marked the beginning of a new chapter with Jamison releasing his fourth record, Sleeping with the T.V. On. Called his "best yet" by the Equal Ground, it's a timely collection that reflects a young songwriter finding his true voice by seeing beyond himself. It is music that harkens back to a time when a song could be catchy and still carry the weight of depth and honesty. This is contemporary-folk at its very best: raw and pure yet heartfelt and thoughtful.
Chris currently lives off-the-grid in Northern Arizona's Verde Valley writing, recording and performing his music full-time.