Watch Me Burn
"Watch Me Burn", the debut studio album from Philadelphia native Chris Bruni, captures the soul of this emerging singer-songwriter with distinctive vocal styling, profound lyrics and melodies that stay with the listener long after the music has ended. Born into a family immersed in the world of the arts, Bruni's creativity was nourished from the beginning. Having an artist grandfather, an aunt who has worked with painter Andrew Wyeth for over thirty years and a father who was the Director of The Delaware Art Museum for twenty years led Chris to view the world in a unique way. At twenty-six, Chris Bruni has had his share of musical endeavors fronting various bands in the Mid Atlantic region but it was an impromptu solo trip to Europe that would change the artist's career. At nineteen, with only his guitar and a small backpack of clothes, Chris found himself on a plane to Rome. He left with an open mind and a blank journal. Hopping from train to train, hostel to hostel, and bar to bar, Chris used his guitar and voice as an ice breaker upon arrival to each new city. As people would crowd around to listen, someone in the crowd would inevitably help him find his way. The experience permitted the songwriter the time to observe the people around him and write new songs that would eventually land him a recording deal. Upon returning home, Chris revisited performing with bands in the area while continuing to write and grow as a performer. In 2006, Bruni returned to solo performances and was making the rounds of open mic nights in the Delaware Valley in hopes that his music would be heard. While performing at an open mic in Wilmington, DE Bruni was spotted by a label representative and signed to the emerging indie label Realize Records. After intense pre-production sessions led by producer Darryl Joyner (A Thrilled Voice-Marquis Records, Trading Horror Stories-Realize Records), Chris went into the studio and emerged with a multifaceted collection of songs. "Recording the album in the time we did really was a result of the chemistry that I believe was felt by everyone involved. From the musicians, to the producer, to the engineers, everyone came in with the same vision of how these songs should sound, and I believe we really hit the nail on the head", states Bruni. Bruni's music emulates the depth of Tracy Chapman, the heartfelt emotional turmoil of James Blunt and the energy of Dave Matthews. "Watch Me Burn" takes adult contemporary rock to a whole new level. Bruni has successfully created an experience filled with intensity and sarcasm, complemented with an every man's sensibility of life, love, money and loss, while keeping a positive outlook despite hard lessons learned. The debut as a whole stirs emotions evoking a tension between the storyteller and the rock musician. Chris Bruni has captured a look into his life experiences with musicianship and songwriting that belie his young age. Bruni notes, "My goal is to reach a level of connection with the people who listen to my music. I would hope that to some degree, the work I create touches people the way that I am touched by the music and artists I appreciate most. I'm a pretty down to earth guy and I don't believe that an outlandish style or personality is necessary as the long as the music is honest and from the heart."