Chris J Norwood

Chris J NorwoodFriday, June 22 | 8 – 11pm

Dallas-based singer-songwriter Chris J Norwood knows “Love Keeps Us Strong,” and believes his new music reflects that. The 11-track debut, out NOW on State Fair Records runs the gamut of emotions, and it’s a fitting tribute to the tumultuous times that landed the alternative country artist where he is today. Most of the new songs on “Longshot” were written in the year leading up to the birth of his first daughter, with some tracks added after the family gained a beautiful new member. But his first child wasn’t the only addition to his family—Norwood, previously a one-man producing machine on his two EPs, has joined forces with a new producer and a talented team of musicians that promises to make this album his best work yet. Release party to be announced.

Norwood’s single “Longshot” caught the ear of local music veteran and label owner Trey Johnson. “I like its cool confidence,” he said. “It’s one of those songs that you can tell just tumbled out. I expect there are much more where that came from.”

Norwood and his mother moved to East Dallas after his father passed away in a tragic suicide attempt, and the then shy Chris searched for an outlet to channel his teeming creativity. His uncle bought him his first guitar when he was just ten, and the budding musician started recording songs on cassettes. “Playing music was the only place I felt comfortable and felt a part of something,” he says. “There was never really an option for me to pursue a career in anything else.” After spending a semester at The Contemporary Music Center—what Norwood calls “rock ‘n roll school”—he learned how to translate his passion into a career, and never looked back.