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Singled Out: Chris Bowen's Picture

10/13/2016
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Chris Bowen

Chris Bowen recently released his new single "Picture" from his debut album "Kings and Queens" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us the story behind the track. Here is the story:

I had recently been on an emotional roller coaster with a previous band having worked with industry leader, Gabe Vigorito of the old 80's indie label DeLite Records, before his passing.

As the project phased out, I'd kept in touch with the people I'd met from the journey. I got a call from my booking agent and producer/engineer Jim Bonnefond (Jimmy Cliff/Kool 'n the Gang/Savage Garden) about an idea that they wanted to run with. As we were bouncing verses off each other for the direction of the song, it began taking a nebulous soft pop reggae feel. We started composing and watched it morph into more rock than reggae!

I'm a rock guitar guy; every other music iteration I've been involved with I've played lead. I kept adding my influence to the song in a quiet way until it was where I wanted it to be (sneaky). =)

We kicked off the recording process and I ended up traveling across the Northeast (or at least that's how it felt) to finally record the version you hear today with producer Brian Sargent (Brewhouse Records/Aberrant Sound). We stripped out, tore down, and rebuilt the idea into a more cohesive story of perseverance and courage regarding abusive relationships. We've all
been there or have helped friends and loved ones through emotionally toxic situations; sometimes all you can do is point out the facts and get them through it. The person causing the pain…well, karma usually does a number on them as the lyrics, "Your friends have gone away and so I see you've hit rock bottom…you know it ain't right, now you're all alone tonight."

My goal is to provide the listener with a relatable subject overpowered by a positive message: you're better than this and you'll make it through.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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