Monday, October 29, 2012

Available October 30th on CD -- Roads by Chris Mann (Review)

If you asked me what my favorite genre of music is besides children's music :-), I would say either country or pop.  But, thanks to shows like the Voice, America's Got Talent, American Idol and other talent shows, I am beginning to appreciate other genres including Opera.  Yes, you read that right, opera.  If you watch America's Got Talent, then you know that Susan Boyle was discovered here, and has had a successful opera career.  And, since her rise, I have seen other unlikely faces sing opera including Chris Mann, who performed on the hit show, The Voice.

With his first CD to release on October 30th, I was excited when chosen to review his music before it hit store shelves.  And, what better time to listen to opera music, while holding down fort here in Connecticut, as we wait for Hurricane Sandy to roll on through.  As I wait for my CD to arrive in the mail, I was sent a digital copy of Chris Mann's upcoming release, Roads, and couldn't wait to start listening to it.  

"Roads boasts a wildly eclectic assortment of songs, ranging from Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” to “Ave Maria” and Damien Rice’s “The Blowers’ Daughter,” with the latter featuring a special guest appearance from Aguilera.

About “The Blower’s Daughter” and singing with Chris, Aguilera says, “It's a beautiful song and I really respect the way he’s expressing himself on the album. Everything from his tone, to his richness, to his soulfulness comes through loud and clear.”

Mann co-wrote two songs, “Cuore,” based on Bach’s “Air on a G String,” and the contemporary ballad “Falling.” A widescreen take on Coldplay’s anthem “Viva La Vida”—which sounds like it was written expressly for Mann to sing—provides the album with an ecstatic climax."

When I write my blogs, I enjoy listening to music in the background.  It not only inspires me to write, but is also a great stress reliever after a long day with the girls.  Now, I have never been to an opera performance, but after listening to Chris Mann's tracks, I would definitely consider it.  I found myself replaying a few of his songs, including You Were Always on My Mind and Need You Now, as they were not only enjoyable to listen, but very catchy.  This doesn't mean I am going to try my luck at singing opera, but I have to say Chris Mann makes it sound effortless with his amazing voice.  Compared to the likes of Michael Buble and other young crooners, I can say that yes he does sound a little like them, but he also is unique and stands out. I can't wait to see how others receive his new CD, Roads, on October 30th, when it hits store shelves. I am betting their socks will be knocked off, and they will be applauding Chris Mann"s voice as they listen to all the tracks over and over again.  Look out opera world, Chris Mann is here, and he is going to wow you with his talents! :-)

If you are not a fan of opera or never listened to it before, you should really give Chris Mann and his new CD a chance.  You, too, will be surprised at how much you enjoy listening to it.  As I write this post, I am halfway through the set list, and can't wait to hit repeat. :-)

Keep up to date on Chris Mann and his career and future releases by following his official website --


You can pre-order Chris Mann's new CD from Amazon ($9.99) and digital download at  iTunes ($7.99).  The album releases on October 30th.

Disclosure: This is a review post from One2One Network. I was provided with a copy of the album and I am eligible for a prize drawing. All opinions stated are my own.

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