Chris Bay announces debut solo album “Chasing the Sun” - due out on February 23rd 2018

Chris Bay Radio Starlight single cover
It’s a well-known predicament that the Freedom Call founder and frontman, Chris Bay, shares with many other composers: occasionally, his wealth of inspiration goes beyond the stylistic and thematic scope of his own band.

“I permanently write songs and am constantly working on ideas in the studio”, he explains. “That’s why I’ve collected a whole lot of tracks over the years that on the one hand don’t really suit Freedom Call and on the other are just too good to gather dust in my archive”.

The solution to his “luxury” problem: on February 23rd, 2018, will see the release of Chris Bay’s first solo album “Chasing the Sun” on Steamhammer/SPV, committing himself in his very own, unmistakable way to the music that has inspired him since the very early days of his career. And although the songs on the album were created over a long period of time, Bay produced the whole material in spring 2017 at his own studio.

Which must be one of the reasons why “Chasing the Sun” – despite the diversity of the individual tracks – sounds all of a piece. Alongside a number of rock songs in characteristic Chris Bay style, he has skilfully blended in modern sound elements on the opening track “Flying Hearts”, added Wurlitzer piano touches, which bring to mind the currently trendy 1970s, on “Hollywood Dancer” and risked a song with a slow shuffle groove, a consciously dark atmosphere and an avant-garde flair in “Where Waters Flow in Heaven”.

In stark contrast to this is the first single release “Radio Starlight” with its obvious airplay potential, which will be released digitally on December 1st, 2017, and to which there will be also a video clip, which triggers with tantalizing images wanderlust and will definitely makes you hungry for more.

This title once again underscores the boundless ease with which Chris Bay moves in his world of music. As the album title “Chasing the Sun” already suggests, Chris Bay casually processed the desires and wishes that probably each of us holds in this dark season... sun, freedom, warmth and harmony… a “summer hit” in winter, a matter of interpretation.

Chris stated:
“Dear friends! A wonderful reason to start a new Facebook page is that I passed the limit of 5000 friends with my personal profile for quite some time now. So, if I want to continue making new connections with you lots, this needs to be done. But, another wonderful reason is this: After many years of following my passion for making music, I'm excited and overwhelmed to realize that one of my hearts' deepest desires will finally come true. Considering all the years of songwriting, producing and of touring through many, many countries and beautiful places all around the world with my band Freedom Call Official, I am very proud to announce that I finally have the chance to release my first solo album!

Forever busy as a full-time songwriter, I have collected countless songs that were not exactly suitable for my band’s style of music. These songs are definitively catchy, emotional, and written with the inspiration of love and passion - and they are way too personal for me to have them lying around forever.

I don’t feel like being just a singer and a guitarist… I’m feeling more like a bohemian, a vagabond musician with many different facets and colors of its art, and most of all… I feel Free as a Bird. My personally selected collection of truly beautiful songs are crossing the borders of 90’s Classic Rock & Pop and Modern Rock Music, influenced by my idols of art, and created by an endless motivation to write music, which has been given to me… by you. It was an extremely emotional time of my life to work on this album, but I’m very happy to say that my dreams have, without doubt, come true.

I hope from the bottom of my heart that you will discover and enjoy and my very personal world of music on this solo album, written completely unimpeded from any form of competition to my main and on-going band ‘Freedom Call’. The first impression of this new material arrives on the 1st of December, in the form of my first solo single "Radio Starlight". I am looking forward to making this journey with you. Cheers”.