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Chris Donley is more than just a singer/songwriter...he is the quite possibly the hardest working musician in Ohio...
When it comes to his solo acoustic shows, Chris allows the crowd to decide the outcome of the show by taking request after request, almost trying to get the crowd to stump him with his huge song list that he picks from. Picking from album after album worth of original material and too many cover songs to list, Chris can cater his solo acoustic show to whatever event he may be representing always shocking patrons with his wide range (vocally and musically) and getting smiles and positive responses.
Keeping an intense touring schedule has allowed Chris to write his own path. Playing anywhere from 200-250/year for years keeps Chris busy entertaining crowds and spreading his talent throughout the midwest. Always working, always playing, always writing, Chris has wowed crowds and venues alike. With the positive attitude he shares with friends, fans, and clubs/venues, Chris always delivers whatever is needed for any occasion.
Chris has just released his newest solo album that he recorded at InDigital Studios with producer Steve Simbeck. A mixture of mellow acoustic songs, pop songs, and rock songs, Chris's new release is sure to make any music fan ecstatic.
With so much talent and drive, Chris feels he never spreads himself too thin with the various projects he is associated with but instead makes sure that all of the projects produce nothing but the best.
Chris' first solo album (First Person Point of View has gained high praise and has already sold out of 2 pressings and his latest solo release has been hailed by critics as "Genius"! His second release "Sunshine" is also a favorite for fans.
Chris Donley Discography:
First Person Point of View
With one of his rock projects, Via the Sun, Chris has taken a step back and has become the sole frontman of the band...something he's never been able to do before as he's always had a a six string tied to him. Joined by guitarist/phenom/producer/simbot Steve Simbeck (Who also produced Chris' new solo album "1889" and all of the Via The Sun albums), Mark Gordon (also a member of Sindust, Salvation Syndicate, and Pop Rocks Cleveland with Chris) on bass, Derek Hatfield on guitar, and Brian Hanculak on drums, Via The Sun continues to push the boundaries with endless catchy hard rock songs (the band has written over 100 songs to pick from in a very short time) and exciting live shows. Via the Sun's first full length album was a massive success as the song "Cliff Diver" won "Best song" in Cleveland Scene Magazine in 2012. The band has already garnered a very large fan base and opened for countless national acts such as Buckcherry, Taproot, Saving Abel, Alien Ant Farm, 10 years, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and more!
Check that band out at (songs and videos)http://www.reverbnation.com/viathesun, on youtube, itunes, cdbaby.com, @viathesunband on twitter, and like Via The Sun on Facebook!
Chris also joined good friends Dallas Riffle (who has designed artwork for Chris' last two solo releases, was in American Rockstar with Chris and sang on "Once upon a time..." from Chris's album "1889", Mark Gordon (also a member of Via The Sun, Sindust, and Pop Rocks Cleveland with Chris), Mark Brown (also a member of American Rockstar and Pop Rocks Cleveland with Chris), and Eric Bertagnolli (formerly of Dreamada) for a new studio project that should see the light of day sometime next year called Salvation Syndicate!
Also the lead singer/guitarist for the Cleveland based rock band Sindust, Chris has been able to take a break from that band to focus on Via The Sun, his newest solo release, Salvation Syndicate, and his cover band, Pop Rocks Cleveland.
Kiss of the Napalm
Live Hot Sex!
Sucking the Inspiration
Back from the back
...Not Trust Mirrors
Chris has also recorded albums with good friends Scott Paris (French Donkey), Curt Rochon, 2nd place, Northern Lights, and various other projects through the years that are too numerous to mention!
Also in the works for Chris:
Pop Rocks Cleveland album
Secret "Pop" record (with Dallas Riffle)
Via The Sun EP
Possible reworkings of 5 albums worth of recorded Sindust material
Make sure to check out Chris' other projects on Facebook, Reverbnation, itunes, and everywhere on the web!