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An artist who commands comparisons to an ostensibly motley crew of musicians such as Brett Anderson, Neil Finn and Paul McCartney is bound to stop listeners in their tracks. Indeed, an artist who’s gained the direct support of heavy hitters like Chris Difford of Squeeze and the legendary Jackson Browne, in turn, deserves some serious attention. Meet Chris Simmons.
Having toured with fellow Brightonian Passenger, Chris Simmons has played a litany of British festivals including Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight Festival, opened for Australia’s Matt Corby, and flown the English and Trans-Atlantic support flag for the likes of Kate Nash and Suzanne Vega. Continuing his love for playing house concerts across Europe over the last handful of years also, if there’s one thing Simmons does without question, it’s staying true his incredible energy for performance and sustaining his effortless output.
But the last few years haven’t been easy. After losing his beloved brother four years ago, writing became difficult, performing even more so. Recognising the need to take time out and sit with his grief, Chris decided to take a break. Then, at the end of 2015 during a trip to India to recalibrate, Simmons found the words came to him easily: “I started writing again. Loads actually. I decided to hold off performing and just totally absorb myself in writing and recording.” Now? “Now I have a new record ready to go, and in the process… ‘Deepest Wound possesses’ a depth of contemplation never before heard in Chris’s material. “It’s a sad song, but it has a very positive message. It’s a message to say, ‘Look, things happen like this, but we have each other and we can get through this’.”