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All About Chris Pierson
Chris Pierson is a deeply introspective singer songwriter who, like the best of confessional performers, turns life's misfortunes into emotionally riveting music. And life can throw a lot of material your way. Chris would know. After dealing with the stress of major personal turmoil and enduring the travails of, as Chris says, "always doing the wrong thing," a friend suggested he "write it out"--advice that's served both Chris and his listeners heaps of good. After "writing it out," Chris' songs so impressed friends that he found himself booked on an open mike, and from then on life would never be the same.
Chris Pierson was born on 8/26/1980 in Baton Rouge, LA. He is the oldest of 4 with 3 younger sisters. When he was 8 years old his family moved to Athens, GA. It was at this young age he found that music was the only thing that allowed him to escape from reality, but, also kept him focused.
His first real gig was with his best friend. He was 18 years old and in College. He loved playing, he and his friend would sit around and jam for hours. One night his friend dragged him out to accompany him on vocals and lead guitar to Buffingtons in Mildedgville GA. It was an experience that changed his life forever.
In 1999, in his bedroom armed with a Boss BR-8, blankets and a mattress, he tacked the blankets to the wall and used the mattress as an isolation booth. Using what little knowledge he had, he recorded 5 songs which would become the"Stepping Stones" EP. He played for years learning how to develop his own style based off of what his favorite artists were doing. But, as he got older he realized he had to be himself. He had learned what he did and didn't like about music as a whole and it was time to apply it. He packed up and starting playing gigs figuring it was the only way he was going to learn.
With his band, Streetlight Syndrome, Chris plunged into real issues via his music--ranging from topics as heartbreaking as depression and drug addiction. The guy is admirably unafraid, lyrically substantive, incredibly honest, humble and emotionally raw. Streetlight Syndrome was the only band Chris had ever been in, they were together about a year. They did record and release the Streetlight Syndrome EP in the summer of 2006.
He tried out for Rockstar Supernova as a fluke. He was working at the Hard Rock Cafe, and also working the auditions for 3 days. At 9:00 a.m. barely awake, he got up on the stage to sound check the system for the people that were auditioning. The producers of the show were there and asked him if he was trying out and he said "hell no!" After 2 days of them pulling his arm he auditioned. The calls kept coming in from CBS and before he knew it he was on the show. Which he says was the coolest and most memorable experience of his life.
For him, "Rock Star: Supernova" is just another step of his evolution, nearing him to deeper aspects of his continued self-exploration and soul. The one word Chris used to describe himself was "real." And we whole-heartedly agree. We also thank Chris's friend for telling him write it out, and Chris for outstandingly, singing it out as well.