Triple-threat singer, songwriter and guitar player Chris Carmack (currently portraying “Will Lexington” on ABC’s hit TV series Nashville) invited friends and fellow songwriters; his debut EP’s co-producer Phoenix Mendoza, celebrated tunesmith Travis Meadows (“Riser,” “What We Ain’t Got”) and cast mate Sam Palladio, for an in-the-round style concert at The Bluebird Café to benefit Nashville’s Musicians Corner, a program of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, that supports emerging artists, and provides inclusive arts enrichment and educational programming for adults and youth. The sold out crowd persuaded the musicians to perform a few additional rounds leading to a wildly successful evening.
Carmack’s independent release PIECES OF YOU EP rocketed to #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Top Albums chart and released to critical acclaim with Entertainment Weekly pronouncing the project as “stunning,” Renowned for Sound claiming “one to add to the ‘awesome’ pile” and Rolling Stone Country recognizing the guitar efforts as “shot through with bursts of fiery fretwork.” Sounds Like Nashville, a division of SpinMedia, went on to characterize Carmack as “pure talent – one who isn’t afraid to paint outside the lines, and sound just as pure and as authentic in any one style as the other.” Showcasing his wide range of influences – everything from the jazz and blues he grew up playing on saxophone, to rock, pop with a few touches of country – the five-track compilation produced by multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winner Ben Fowler (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael McDonald) and Mendoza features the introspective lead song “Being Alone” and title track “Pieces of You.”
Carmack will bring his original songs and fan-favorite hits from the TV series when he joins his cast mates on their just-announced US/UK tour — ABC’s “Nashville In Concert” this spring.
The Washington D.C. native, who grew up playing saxophone at a young age, turned his attention towards jazz band and theatre in high school. Upon graduating, he studied at NYU’s esteemed Tisch Adler Conservatory before heading out to Los Angeles where he helped launch the theatrical production of The Day I Stood Still. Carmack would spend his off-time practicing guitar, which would later come in handy for his role on Nashville. His performance in The Day I Stood Still attracted the attention of the producers from the hit drama The O.C., who cast him as “Luke Ward” in the series in 2003. After completing his work on the show, Carmack returned to the stage in New York at the Roundabout Theatre Company, where he took on the role of “Sloane” in Entertaining Mr. Sloane, alongside Alec Baldwin and Jan Maxwell. He also performed in London, playing John Buchanan in Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke.
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