An old soul who found his voice through mu­sic made be­fore he was born

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don’t know if I’d go so “I far as to say I was groomed for a cer­tain life”, Chis Price re­flects, “but I’d be shocked if I found any­thing else that feels as nat­u­ral to me as mak­ing mu­sic in a record­ing stu­dio.” Born Kris­tian Price Pérez, the 32-year-old artist ex­plains that his “messy, lonely child­hood” in Mi­ami led him to hole up – and hone his chops – in the home stu­dio of his fa­ther, a writer/pro­ducer of Latin mu­sic, while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing life through songs and movies. “I be­came a ra­bid record col­lec­tor in high school,” he re­calls, adding that his sen­si­bil­ity was shaped by artists like Nils­son, The Kinks, Nick Drake, An­tônio Carlos Jo­bim, Randy New­man and Len­non/McCart­ney/Har­ri­son.

“I can only strive to make mu­sic as care­fully con­sid­ered and true as the stuff made be­tween 1965 and ’74,” he says. “I try to be care­ful to point at my in­flu­ences rather than sim­ply im­i­tat­ing them.”

Pro­duc­ing Linda Per­hacs and Emitt Rhodes deep­ened Price’s un­der­stand­ing.

“With Linda, it’s all vis­ceral, and work­ing in that set­ting al­lowed me to be­come more ad­ven­tur­ous on my own record­ings. Emitt taught me about the power of a di­rect, emo­tion­ally hon­est lyric. That def­i­nitely car­ried over into a lot of the songs on this al­bum.”

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