Session vocalist/musician

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Chris Cron on SoundBetter

Chris is the former lead singer/pianist for Warner Bros. recording artist Melee. With Melee, Chris sold over 150,000 records worldwide, toured and performed in over 13 countries and had a hit with his song, Built to Last which became rose to #1 in Japan. Now, he works as a singer, songwriter and worship leader in the Nashville, TN area.

Experienced vocalist: Available to record lead vocals and/or harmonies, as well as vocal tuning and comping. Chris is a very versatile singer, comfortable in most styles and ranges, excelling at pop, rock and more soulful styles. He has been compared to Rufus Wainright, Brandon Flowers and Bono.

Experienced songwriter: Available to write top-line melodies and/or lyrics

Experienced pianist/synth programmer: Available to record piano with .midi and .wav files created as well as provide synth programming.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Chris Cron
  • Joel Vaughn
  • Moxi
  • Every Avenue
  • Mêlée
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  • Sherwood
  • Sherwood
  • Sherwood
  • Mêlée
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  • Limbeck
  • Limbeck
  • Limbeck
  • Limbeck
  • Limbeck
  • Peal
  • Peal
  • Neon Feather
  • Neon Feather
  • Kerrie Roberts
  • Kerrie Roberts
  • Kerrie Roberts
  • Kerrie Roberts
  • Kerrie Roberts
  • Kerrie Roberts
  • Kerrie Roberts
  • Adam Crabb
  • Finding Favour
  • Finding Favour
  • Joseph Habedank
  • Neon Feather
  • Neon Feather

20 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Richard D.
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    Awesome!
    Chris is motivating me, inspiring me, and I must deliver him excellent music to deserve working with him.

  2. Review by Bruno C.
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    Excellent singer. Amazing technique! Highly recommended!

  3. Review by Richard D.
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    FABULOUS!
    I feel lucky to work with an artist.

  4. Review by Rick H.
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    Chris is an extremely gifted artist! His vocals and piano musicianship are phenomenal. He has the unique ability to capture the true essence of a song. Chris is a true professional, and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him!

  5. Review by Nick P.
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    Always having a great time working with Chris! He knows his craft and also knows how to use his voice. These vocals are VERY fine! He gets the song instantly and you can tell he has so much experience. Crazy rich talented guy! Thanks Chris!!

  6. Review by Jason M.
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    This guy is amazing. Chris is an authentic artist and true professional. He is a down-to-earth nice guy, easy to work with, gifted with Talent. With only limited direction and a few lyrics , Chris brought my pre-recorded tracks to life adding lyrics and Melody. You can hear Chris's heart in his vocal performances, the sign of a natural. I put him up there Bono and Brandon Flowers. I hope to use Chris again future projects.

  7. Review by Nick P.
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    Oh man, Chris is one of the biggest talents I have met so far! What an artist and singer. He can sing soft, low, belt, hit the highest notes - for a songwriter he is a dream come true! Always a pro, great quality and sound and very fast turn around time!! Fifty thousand stars!!

  8. Review by Nick P.
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    What a great singer! I can say nothing but amazing things about this artist/singer/musician. Professional, highest quality and best service. Will 1000% work again with. Can sing gentle, can sing rock, can sing soul - he nails it all! Thanks for everything, man!

  9. Review by Moshe G.
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    Chris is one of the best experiences I have had on Soundbetter. Not only are his vocals unbelievable, but he is quick, honest, communicates well, and is super helpful in the process. I would recommend him to anybody who wants to have awesome vocal tracks and work with an amazing person.

  10. Review by Nick P.
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    What an amazing vocalist!! Nailed the song at the first try like there is no tomorrow! Huge range and power and that voice sounds soooo good and full of emotions. Very professional, great quality and turn around time! 500/5 stars

  11. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    Chris was great to work with. I did my homework by checking out various recordings so I knew what to expect from his vocals, but it’s still a great feeling listening back to my song with him singing. A great, unique and soulful rock voice. I’ll work with him again for sure!

  12. Review by Zoa W.
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    Chris was excellent in every respect (wonderful vocals, excellent harmonies, great recordings, thoughtful communication, etc.) and working with him definitely brought my song to another level. I couldn’t have asked for more and highly recommend Chris, 10/10!

  13. Review by Nick P.
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    What a talent!! A very very good and radio ready voice!! Turn around time was insane and so was the quality of the job! Will work again with! 5/5 stars and highly recommended!

  14. Review by Smart
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    Chris has got a great voice and he delivers a great performance. I'm really happy with song he just recorded, and the communications were really good and timely.

  15. Review by Ben Thompson
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    The dude is just the best. He has an insane voice and the intuition to use it the right way. We’ve worked together on two songs so far and he has always been so responsive, such a team player, and really makes you feel like he’s as invested in the project as you are. I can’t overstate how ideal and professional he is as a vocalist and collaborator.
    Link to our recent collaboration: https://youtu.be/NYxo03LKYJk

  16. Review by Brad Miller
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    Chris went above and beyond with lead and harmony vocals on my song and I couldn't be happier. He is a great communicator and pleasure to work with. His tone, phrasing and pitching is phenomenal! His attention to detail is also first rate and has a massive vocal range that suits any style of music. He is also very gifted at harmonies as well.

    I highly recommend him. You will not be disappointed!

  17. Review by Eric B.
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    Vocals are excellent, and it was done fast and easy!

  18. Review by Wayne Mitchell
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    Chris is an excellent vocalist who provides a truly professional service and is extremely easy to work with. Highly recommended.

    Thank you

  19. Review by Michael W.
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    Chris recorded incredible vocals for several songs on my musical. Every one of his recordings was top quality; he always delivered more than I expected. He also produced two of the tracks, and both productions were impeccable. I look forward to working with him again-- he delivers a high value added product, done right the first time.

  20. Review by Tommy Buckley
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    Chris sang on a game I worked on called Cardpocalypse. He did the main title track, his vocals were amazing! His vocal takes were recorded with great quality, he was very professional and super to work with. Highly recommend working with him!

Interview with Chris Cron

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: My studio has gone from lazy and fat to trim and lean. I've gotten rid of a lot of unnecessary gear in favor of a less is more approach. My current set up for vocals is either a Mojave MA-200 or a Shure SM7b into a UA Apollo Twin and then into Logic. I have a treated room and an sE Reflexion Filter behind the mic. For keys, I use an array of keyboards including a Korg SV1, Korg Poly800, Novation Bass Station and software instruments from Arturia, XLN Audio, Native Instruments and more.

  3. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  4. A: As a writer and a singer, I'm well aware that the lyric and melody are without a doubt, the key component in a song. I try to always approach my writing and singing from a place of expressing an idea emotionally and viscerally. Being genuine is of the utmost importance to me, and I feel that I bring a high level of it to whatever I'm working on.

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: My strongest skills are singing and writing in a way that draws peoples attention.

  7. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  8. A: Pop, pop-rock, indie/alternative and worship.

  9. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  10. A: The best piece of gear to use is the one you have. Don't let gear or the lack of it get in the way of your creativity.

  11. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  12. A: Damon Albarn from Blur/Gorillaz. I would love for some of his magic to rub off on me.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: Piano driven pop rock, drunk on 70's songwriters and 80's panache.

  15. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  16. A: I've been singing and playing piano since I was 5 years old. I began my professional career 20 years ago as the singer, writer and pianist of Warner Brothers Recording artist Melee. We had a 12 year run, with some big successes overseas. Now I primarily make a living as a songwriter, singer, producer and worship leader. All in all I have about 30 years of experience.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: I ask prospective clients what references they have for the song and usually what sort of quirks they want to hear that are specific to the song.

  19. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  20. A: I like that I get to use my skill set and passion to make a living while working from home. Walking downstairs to have lunch with my wife and kids is a blessing.

  21. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  22. A: I promise they will get more than they paid for.

  23. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  24. A: Not yet, but I'm hoping to!

  25. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  26. A: I wrote and produced a record with and for a friend of mine; a talented Christian singer-songwriter named Kerrie Roberts. The record is called "Boundless". I played every instrument, and recorded everything at home but what makes me the most proud is that Kerrie and I really went for it. Lyrically it's got a lot of color and depth and musically, we took it places that CCM doesn't often get to go.

  27. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  28. A: I work primarily as a session vocalist and top line writer (melody and lyric), although more and more I am getting hired to produce tracks as well.

  29. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  30. A: I am inspired by genuine artists; those that do what they feel, rather than what the market is doing. Blur is my favorite band of all time, although as a singer the Buckleys, Bono's, Mercuries and Flowers of the world inspire me.

  31. Q: What's your typical work process?

  32. A: For vocals, I listen through the song a few times, read through the lyrics and listen to references to get an idea of where it should go. Then I track a full take to get a feel. After that I hit each section of the song, comp and tune and it's done! As a writer, more and more I've been trying to tackle the chorus first and let the rest of the song flow out of that. The message of the song lives and dies by the chorus. If I can nail the chorus, the rest of the song usually writes itself.

  33. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  34. A: Assuming there is no power on a desert island, I would take my upright piano, acoustic guitar, a notepad, a pen and my Olympus stereo hand held recorder (with lots of batteries!).

  35. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  36. A: Know what you want and be able to communicate that clearly.

  37. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  38. A: I don't know if it's a misconception, but I think some musicians and producers treat the vocal as an afterthought. They put so much emphasis on getting a great drum sound, or guitar tone, and leave the vocal for the last thing to wrap up the production. It's not always the case, but I would argue that most of the time, the vocal performance and recording is the most important part of any recording. It is quite literally the song. Spend your time writing a great melody, thought out lyrics and recording a killer vocal performance, and the rest will fall into place behind it.

  39. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  40. A: I've been fortunate to have mostly, very agreeable customers who trust me. I guess the one question I get the most is how long will it take. I generally can get a finished vocal to a client within 2-5 business days, depending on how much work is in my queue.

  41. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  42. A: I used to have a romanticized view of analog, but there are so many pros to both. The biggest con to digital, is that it creates room for laziness. With analog, you have to be good. Editing is virtually non existent. If you treat digital as a tape machine and really focus on a great performance, that's where the magic is.

  43. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  44. A: I have three projects currently. One is a film/tv project called Secret Chords. Another is an ongoing collaboration with a Centricity recording artist called Neon Feather. The last is a worship record for my church.

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Chris Cron - Never Tear Us Apart

I was the singer, producer, musician and engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Vocal includes1 harmony, comping and light tuning. 1 free revisions, with a typical 2-5 business day turn around. Anything intended for release is subject to buyout rates.

GenresSounds Like
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Brandon Flowers
  • Bono
Gear Highlights
  • Mojave MA-200 tube mic
  • Shure SM7B
  • Apollo Twin
  • Logic Pro X.
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