Chris DiCroce is a rootsy, folk rock artist who grew up in Philadelphia, where he honed his skills as a drummer on the club circuit before moving to Nashville to play with Rockfish, a popular band in the Nashville rock scene. Rockfish made quite a name for themselves, and after 3 years of playing sold out shows to raving fans, they were just on the cusp of signing with a major label when the band broke up, leaving Chris to decide his next path. He stuck with music, but this time, he wasn’t behind a drum set.
Chris wrote and recorded his debut album Brand New Fool in 1999, releasing it via his own label, Flyboy Records. The album, engineered by Steve Marcantonio, was met with rave reviews by critics and fans alike, with The Album Network calling it “…the surprise CD of the year.” Billboard Magazine said, “Taking destiny into one’s own hands and starting a label can be a risky proposition, but singer/songwriter Chris DiCroce is one of the creative few meeting the challenge and succeeding…” In addition, five songs from the album were licensed for Feature Film, “The Contract.”
Following the release of Brand New Fool, Chris went on the road, touring with The Samples before releasing his follow-up album, American Dream, also well-received. A Billboard Magazine music critic listed it in her top 10 album pick of the year. Performing Songwriter called the album “sad, beautiful and genuinely accomplished.”
Critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Lee Clayton said of American Dream, “In this age of mindless lyrics, brain crunching drum beats and hordes of robotic dancers, it is wonderful to hear a soul becoming in touch with itself. Digging down, bringing out and putting to music the innermost thoughts, feelings, wishes and dreams of its true nature. In the lineage of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon…meet Chris DiCroce.”
The buzz around American Dream spread, and Chris was invited to play Farm Aid 2000 as the only independent act on the roster. In 2001, he opened up for Robert Plant for a string of Philadelphia shows, then spent two weeks in the Middle East performing for the American Troops as part of a USO Tour.
Just a few months after his return from the Middle East, the events of September 11th unfolded and shook him to the very core. This tragedy, along with a divorce that was finalized around the same time, moved him to take some much-needed time off the road to reevaluate his life and his plan… and now he’s back.
During his 15 year hiatus, he sold his house and purchased a sailboat, which he currently lives and travels on with his wife and dog. He also recorded (and very quietly released) a 5-song EP titled Songs From Before, three of which are featured in the 2010 film Complacent alongside the title track Wrecking Ball, which he co-wrote and produced.
He is only recently putting promotion efforts into the EP, in order to get some traction as he finishes writing and recording his next album, estimated for a summer 2016 release.
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