Admittedly I am skeptical of actors dabbling in music, but after listening to Chris Carmack’s new EP, any misgivings swiftly disappeared.
The multi-talented artist grew up playing saxophone and studied at NYU’s Tisch Alder Conservatory before heading to LA to do theatre. He eventually learned guitar, performed theatre in both NY and London, and currently stars on ABC’s “Nashville.” Now, Carmack is preparing to release his debut EP, Pieces of You, on December 11th. The five song project, produced by Grammy award winner Ben Fowler (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Phoenix Mendoza, consists of five personal, yet relatable tracks that were all penned by Carmack and showcase an artist with diverse influences. The EP starts off with “Being Alone.” An immediate ear grabber, the song, recalling Will Hoge, is a roots rocker about the unwelcome freedom in being by oneself. “Can’t Do It Again” is a thumping, bluesy, gospel tinged tune about making mistakes while “What Has Changed” vacillates from a smoothly romantic Barry White-like introduction to a more pop/rock tempo telling the story of a man willing to let her go, but needing to know what caused the change in the relationship. A gorgeous (not gimmicky) blend of R & B and pop can be found on the tender “Always Mine,” while the title track, on which he struggles with being reminded of a lost love in everyday life, closes out the album.
Pieces of You gives a glimpse into Carmack’s ability as a singer, songwriter, and guitar player and definitely leaves you interested in hearing more.
Purchase the EP on iTunes here or Amazon.