When musician Chris Cron settled in Tennessee a few years ago, he thought that he was done with music. After 11 years as the frontman for rock band Melee, he took a job for the YMCA and focused on being a father to his young son. His days as a performing artist were behind him -- or so he thought. Through a mutual friend, he was introduced to a music publisher, and soon those familiar musical urges began to rear their heads. He began writing again but was content to write and produce for other musicians, including Craig Wayne Boyd, Kerrie Roberts, Finding Favour, Joel Vaughn and Joseph Habedank.
He was eventually persuaded to go to a blind audition for The Voice, and while he didn't make it past that particular round, the experience did remind him of how much he loved performing. In the time since that audition, Cron has released a handful of singles and found discovered new ways to explore the pop feelings echoing in his heart and head. Focusing on themes of love, redemption and hope, his new songs were fueled by his evocative prose and commanding voice, as well as by a newfound sense of how to use his creativity to push past his own emotional comfort zones.
On his latest single, "Fake News," he tackles a topic that has been bandied about since the last presidential election, an easy catch-phrase for anything that doesn't pay lip service to a specific person or ideology. Featuring artist Daena Jay, the song meshes pizzicato strings, synths and the affectionate call-and-response between Cron and Jay in a bid to discuss a love that refuses to be classified and categorized. Their voices entangle and rise, creating a lovely melodic bridge between the reality and fantasy of modern intimacy and our often skewed perception of its emotional consequences.