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Chris Ely began his musical journey in the San Francisco, California rock scene. Originally a bassist, he first picked up a microphone when he was elected to sing in a newly formed band. Overcoming his shyness, he learned to embrace the role of lead singer.
A year later, Chris seized an opportunity that led him to move to Africa in 2001. As a songwriter, his music took new shape and purpose. He was forever changed from witnessing the immense poverty and plight of those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
After eight years oversees, he could no longer neglect his passion for music and songwriting. Since the prospects of the music scene in Africa were murky at best, Chris decided to return home to California. Upon his return to the USA, Chris lived the ultimate life of glamor by residing in the spare room of his sister’s small house, along with his brother-in-law and young nephew.
In the Fall of 2009, he took a job as a high school teacher. He utilized his first summer off by crafting a fresh sound while crammed into a new apartment. But before embarking on a solo project, he played in two bands. Additionally, he offered his talents as a bassist to a local hip-hop artist. Eventually, at the repeated request of friends, he began work on a solo project. As Chris fine tuned his new sounds, a story began to unfold in the songs while he grappled with American culture and the life he had recently left behind. These songs became a diary of his recent journey called Can’t Stay for Long.
Between the edgy rock riffs and atmospheric synthesizers, something honest and refreshing emerges in Can’t Stay for Long. Chris has a way of mending tense and complicated moments with his soothing voice. Coupled with a distaste for politics and the ache of broken relationships, his vulnerable lyrics invoke optimism in the human soul.