CHRIS Rose has grown up ‘just down the road’ from Kempsey – and the talented young entertainer has already shared the stage with big names of the like of Icehouse, Richard Clapton, Thirsty Merc, Damien Leith, Christine Anu and The Jezabels.
Local residents will have a special opportunity to hear Rose live at the Crescent Head Country Club on Saturday from 7.30pm.
Rose’s Port Macquarie roots of secluded surf breaks and coastal campfires, colours and shapes his music and songwriting.
Growing up by the sea on the Mid North Coast, Rose is a regular performer at the local pub, clubs and festivals. When he isn’t surfing, he can be found jamming with local musicians working on his songs, and jumping in his van with his guitar to play shows up and down the East Coast.
Rose has been performing and songwriting since he was 14 years’ old and singing loudly in the backseat of his parents’ car since he was three!
Having just turned 26, he already has a wealth of experience performing live, including weekly residencies in Sydney’s Darlinghurst and Circular Quay, and an 18-date regional theatre tour with 2013 The Voice winner Harrison Craig.
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At the 30-year celebration of the Schools’ Spectacular in 2014, Rose performed his original song We Are (released by Sony Music) as the finale song on the main stage at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, which was broadcast on Channel 9.
He has also performed as foyer support at the Entertainment Centre before legendary artists such as the Eagles, Bob Dylan, Matchbox 20 and Motley Crew; and more recently in the VIP room before Bryan Adams and Keith Urban at Allphones Arena.
One of Rose’s career highlights was singing on Australia Day 2016 at Darling Harbour to a crowd of over 40,000 people.
In early 2016, Rose independently released a five-track EP titled Nowhere Land, showcasing his unique blend of coastal and country indie-pop music. He likens the sound of his EP to musicians such as Paolo Nutini, Tom Petty and Jeff Buckley, with harmonies reminiscent of the Beach Boys and the Eagles.
More recently, Rose has been in the studio recording a self-written, rockin’ single called Godzilla with producer Benjamin McCarthy (Alex the Astronaut, Gordi,) at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne.