Chris Strei is a Brantford, Ontario born singer/songwriter/producer whose style has been compared with Chris Stapleton, Tom Petty, Doc Walker, and Tragically Hip.
Chris draws on his own life experiences for inspiration in his music with compositions influenced by blues, bluegrass and also some elements of hard rock. Chris's songs tell stories with a relatable point of view. It's fair to say he's not the only one who deals with these situations and themes.
Since the end of 2017, Chris has come a long way in a short time. Following an opportunity to open for the Juno-nominated band The Trews in December. In June 2018, Chris embarked on his first cross-Canada BlackBird Tour from Ontario to Alberta, he then accepted an opportunity to perform alongside Juno-nominated folk and pop singer Dayna Manning in August; and in September he cracked the Top 25 in The Shot, Canada's Premiere Singing Competition. Through The Shot, Chris was offered a booking From Canadian Music Week VP Danya Dixon, and invited to play a Hugh's Room Live showcase from Blair Packham, and signed his song "Prison Bound Man" to a Sync Rep agreement with Winding Way Records.
These blessings have solidified the philosophy that Chris has embraced from Wayne Gretzky; “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
In July 2019, Chris released his full-length album, "The Moonshine" (produced by Iain McNally, mixed by Paul Intson and Iain McNally) to a sold out venue at Riffs Music Lounge in Woodstock, Ontario. Featuring Iain McNally on guitars, keys, percussion, banjo, tres, and mandolin, Rick Roach on drums as well as backup vocals with Jay Riehl and Janna Leduc of Thorn and Roses, Paul Intson on upright bass, Steve O'Connor on keys. The Moonshine is a collection of 10 dynamic songs that touch on various topics and styles, from the sweet commitment of "Love You Anyhow," to the date-night glow of a dashboard light on the album's title track "Moonshine", the bittersweet goodbye of "Timbercreek", and the gritty, fan-favourite "Prison Bound Man".