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“Talking to Chapel Hill songwriter Chris Hendricks—or, for that matter, listening to his bold, grandiose pop music—feels like watching an athlete being interviewed on the air after a championship: He gushes about the friends and collaborators who made it possible. He thanks them repeatedly. And he speaks of his music as the guiding light for his life, a means for survival. The four-song Meant to Survive, which Hendricks releases this week, is only his second EP. But he treats it as a defining point in his life, a moment of triumph and truth. And really, it is: As a child, Hendricks was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a disorder that he says pushed him, at best, into a quiet childhood and, at worst, into a punching bag for the bullies at his school. He still sports a scar beneath his chin from those juvenile beatings. Hendricks now uses his Breaking Down Barriers program to speak to students about the detriments of bullying and how to stop it.”

“Raleigh - As I sat eagerly watching the ever-growing crowd filter though the doors of the red-walled Deep South Bar in Raleigh, I looked forwards to listening to the Chris Hendricks Band play their set. I sat in a bar booth trying to stifle my heavy cough, but even my bad flu could not keep me from coming out to see the band. I waited excitedly to listen to their live performance after having listened to their tracks on ReverbNation a few days Chris Hendricks Band by JParkerprior to the show.”

“Last summer, Chris Hendricks and Aaron Gallagher were invited to be on the station's "Bob and the Showgram" morning show. During the interview, Gallagher said, host Bob Dumas was sad to hear that Chris hadn't brought his guitar. "I looked at Chris and kind of smiled, because Chris didn't know what I knew, and that was that I had put the guitars in the trunk the night before," Gallagher said. "It was pretty cool, because that was the station he grew up listening to, and there he was actually singing live. Since then, they've played his songs a couple of times." Gallagher was able to introduce Hendricks to people such as Amy Grant and her husband, country legend Vince Gill. They also met with Fred Vail, the Beach Boys' longtime manager and an independent music producer of major country and bluegrass artists. Gallagher said Vail has expressed interest in producing Hendricks' album, too, although they're considering their options.”

“This summer, he will share that message with his biggest audience yet. In June, Hendricks joins several big-name performers on the two-month Life and Faith Tour. With stops in Richmond, Rockingham and Atlanta, the tour features contemporary Christian artists like Amy Grant, Shenandoah and Hawk Nelson. Organizers said it will attract tens of thousands, raising money for local charities and nonprofit groups. Hendricks is also working on a full-length album, which may be released this summer.”

“Growing up, Chris Hendricks wanted to be a hero. "I've always believed in heroes," he said. His dream was to be a U.S. Navy SEAL. "I loved the idea of saving the world." Hendricks did learn to walk, but he will never be a SEAL. Instead, he picked up a guitar and started sharing his message: He wants everyone, especially children with disabilities, to know that anyone can dream big. This summer, he will share his message with his biggest audience yet: Hendricks joins several big-name performers on the two-month Life and Faith Tour. With stops in Richmond, Va.; Rockingham, and Atlanta, the Life and Faith Tour features contemporary Christian artists such as Amy Grant, Shenandoah and Hawk Nelson. Organizers said it will attract tens of thousands, raising money for local charities and nonprofit groups. Read more @”

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