Chris Ising is a singer/songwriting hailing from Winnipeg, Canada. His music is “feel good” country that you can’t help but to thoroughly love. He released his single “Stomp” your typical all-American country song yet delivered with a hard-hitting, in your face, and brashful approach. The rough around the edges, steel single is not only perfect for a party, but it’s the rock n roll grit conveyed that encourages you to just live. Chris breaks down any shy barrier you may have, letting your hair down to really rock out and as he sings “Shaking your hips, and feeling that groove” the fast-pace playing of the guitar and drums with Chris nasal yet raspy rock voice adds that perfect combination of a hit single!
I’d call this specific sound “tough country” as it has the perfect balance between classic country and classic rock n roll where you’re unsure rather you want to kick on your cow boots or head bang! Chris Ising creates a song digestible for any crowd to enjoy.
Listen to "Stomp" here and check out our exclusive interview with Chris Ising below!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey there BuzzMusic fans, Chris Ising here. I am a songwriter and country music recording artist from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada where the winters are long and growing up you’re either out in the bone chilling cold playing hockey or in the basement with a guitar in hand.
Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
Growing up my brothers and I would listen to my parent’s old 8 tracks at the time that had songs by Rush, Prism, Kiss, Ronnie Milsap, Emotions, Burton Cummings. We wanted to be rock stars, so it was guitar lessons and then on to bass. I remember when David Lee Roth’s Yankee Rose came on the video channel, Steve Via and Billy Sheehan blew us away and we had to learn how to play like that. We got into all the rock guitar gods - Via, Malmsteen, Satriani, Gilbert. On the bass side I was listening to anything by Stu Hamm, Billy Sheehan, Stanley Clark, Jaco Pastoruis and more. This was back in the day when record stores were plenty and there was never a shortage of LPs to browse through in every shop. We’d take trips downtown to check out the latest releases in our favorite stores or browse for musical treasures we’d yet to discover. I got into Country music when I was in University and began listening to guitar players like Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio and Danny Gaton. Then I got hooked by the emotion and stories of the songs. Fast forward a few years and I was working daily on the craft of songwriting, began writing with people around the globe and having my songs pitched to those Nashville artists I listened to on the radio. At the time I wasn’t planning on stepping into the spotlight and release my own albums but with some convincing from some of my peers after they listened to a demo I cut for my song ‘I’m From The Country” I decided to put it out as a single and see where it would go. Four years later I’m working on my third studio release and just released the first single ‘Stomp’ from that forthcoming album.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
I do yes. I either write or co-write everything that I put out. It's just a personal preference but I’ve never gone out looking for songs. Throughout the years I’ve been fortunate to get to write with some amazing writers and continue to build my song catalog. As far as writing style I don’t really have any set formula I work off of. One of us generally brings in an idea whether it’s a guitar riff, melody or some lyrics, and we go from there. Writing what’s in the room at the time.
We love your new song Stomp! Can you tell us a bit about it?
Thank you. Stomp is actually a song that I wasn't planning on releasing myself. Originally it was demoed and picked up my publisher Big Gap Music. They were pitching it around Nashville when I decided it was time for a new album, and in going through my catalog at the time I kept going back to Stomp. It's a hard driving song and I thought it would be a good one to come out of the gate with.
Where did the inspiration behind Stomp come from?
Stomp has more co-writers than I normally have on a song but that’s part of its history. David Wagner approach Laurie ‘Fly’ Williams and myself with the song back in 2015. David, Curt Hahn and Karel Daniels had written a draft version of the song that they felt had potential but needed a country rock edge to it. I didn’t move forward with any rewriting until 2017 when I was going through ideas to work on and I guess it happened to be the right timing for Stomp. Every note and line of lyric fell into place fairly quickly at that point. Most songs I write have a definite story line to them. I look at them as 2 to 4 minute short stories where you develop characters and their life. But sometimes you just want to hear and write something that’s not as deeply rooted that gets people moving.
What are three things you’d love your fans to know about you?
Aside from the music side I am a creative person in general. Was big into comics growing up, drawing those characters and creating my own characters. I enjoy almost anything creative. Love graphic design, sketching, or taking something like a store bought cheap Halloween mask and manipulating it into something unique and movie FX like. My wife played roller derby for a few years and at the time I got into custom painting helmets for players at home and other provinces. Two, my Dad’s the kind of guy that can build practically anything and growing up around that and getting to help I really enjoy the process of designing and building something with my hands - like my kid’s tree fort or a desk. A third thing musically related is that I love building guitars. I haven’t taken it upon myself to start from scratch yet and cut the body and neck but I do enjoy getting the pieces and customizing a guitar and then painting it. One of my favorite builds was a replica of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s famous Strat. My kids helped me finish the guitar and we got it as exact as possibly from each worn area and scratch to the cigarette burn and his signature on the back. Plays like a dream. I’m going to throw out a fourth thing here that although I release country music, as a songwriter I enjoy creating many different styles. I’ve written jazz, pop, heavy metal etc. I even release some of the harder stuff under a side project. Don’t play it live as it’s a killer on the voice but it’s out there.
Any upcoming shows? For someone who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your performance?
Right now I’m trying to put the time in to get the latest album finished, from the recording to the final packaging, so I don’t have performances planned over the next few months. Once I get the album released we’ll be promoting shows on the website and maybe a few Facebook live type events. In describing my performance I would say I want you to feel the energy of the song and the emotion whether it’s a rocking country song or an emotional guitar vocal performance.
What’s next for you?
I'm currently working on my 3rd studio album which will be called Lucky 13. Stomp is the first single from the album, and the second single is scheduled for a January release date. Aiming to have the 13 track album out in February. In between studio time for the album and a busy family life I am always writing, co-writing and pitching those songs.
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