J-14 is scouting out the hottest music around... and this week's pick is Chris Wallace!
Here are five things you need to know about Chris Wallace whose album Push Rewind is out this September!
1. Chris Wallace has had a love for music from the very beginning. After his parents took him to see a Boyz II Men concert when he was eight or nine, he knew he wanted to be up on stage. "I had seen concerts before on TV but the energy and the feel from the crowd and all these things and the way it translated live, felt like nothing I had ever felt before," Chris tells J-14. "I just remember asking my mom, 'how do I go up there and be that guy?'" Does he look familiar to you? That's because he was the lead vocalist in The White Tie Affair. But once the band started deteriorating, he decided he wasn't about to stop there. "I still wanted to do my thing," he says.
2. Now a solo artist, he's just finished working on his latest album called Push Rewind, out next month. "This whole album is pretty much me dealing with the rest of my life," Chris says. "When I was writing a lot of the songs, I really just looked at old relationships or things that happened on the road. There's so much to write about that has happened in my life for the past three or four years."
3. One of the most personal tracks on his album is a song called "Ready to Fall" which is a love ballad, in which he pulled inspiration from his sister's relationship. "She kept saying she met the right guy and she was ready, and she kept using the word 'ready' so I called the song 'Ready to Fall'," he explains to J-14. "And I sang it at the wedding for their first dance!"
4. Chris would describe his sound as 'dance-y, honest pop music'. "Someone once called it 'Pop-Supercalifragilistic Extravaganza' or something like that and then people are like 'you're the male Katy Perry!'," he says. "I guess that's a compliment!"
5. His first single off the new album is a track called "Remember When (Push Rewind)", a song about an ex-girlfriend he had during the beginning of his music career. "I wanted to go to LA and meet a writer and do all these things and she was like 'I don't want to do any of that.' And I'd been telling her this the whole time, and she was not into any of it," he tells J-14. "That song is me looking back being like what if I stayed and tried to make it work. But that's why in the chorus I celebrate the feeling of being young and once in love. It's still fun even though it's sad."
Check out the lyric video to his latest single "Remember When (Push Rewind)" below and let us know what you think!
Courtesy of Josh Newton