Great, thanks for having me! Extremely busy would be an understatement.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Picture”?
Sure. From a high level, “Picture,” is about perseverance through adversity; having to deal with not-so-great relationships and the strength to let them go. I hope people find the message of encouragement I try to convey.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I think we all have experienced those enlightening moments in a bad relationship: you know, the light bulb turns on and you say to yourself, “wait a minute, I’m better than how he or she is making me feel. I don’t need to be treated this way!” I’ve been there, we’ve all been there. It only makes you stronger to find the courage to make that bold decision to move on.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Definitely! The video is in post-production as we speak. A huge shout out to the film team that put it together – I can’t wait to release it when I get the green light.
The single comes off your new album Kings and Queens – what’s the story behind the title?
The title is based off the soon-to-be released track, “Kings and Queens.” The song tells the story of a young couple struggling to get started in life, how they dream of breaking out of the endless cycle of working their fingers to the bone and the promise of someday living like Kings and Queens. In the end, as long as they have love for each other, nothing else matters.
How was the recording and writing process?
Always a great experience. I’ve been working with producer, Brian Sargent, of Aberrant Sound Studios and Brewhouse Records out of Massachusetts. There’s a great level of freedom and collaboration that allows an artist to throw ideas against the wall to see what sticks. I think one of the keys to effective writing is being able to accept constructive criticism and adapt to ideas that would have otherwise never been considered.
I love the recording process. I’m happiest when I can hit the studio, throw on my slippers and start laying down the structure of a new song. Making all of that happen from just a few chord progressions always amazes me but never disappoints. I feel that it’s the same sentiment as the writing process: check your ego at the door because it’s time to work and have fun.
What aspects of adversity did you get to explore on this album?
Real life. There’s nothing more challenging than real life. In today’s world, life can’t be glazed over to pretend like everything’s ok, no matter how much we’re told it is by the powers that be. People are working two jobs and making less to try and stay ahead, we’re dealing with health issues, drugs, corruption, and each other. We have a ton of adversity to fight against every day and if the music can help just one person find encouragement to persevere than I’ve done my job.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. We’re making sure the ducks are in a row with planning, promotion and support before we begin getting shows lined up. We’ll be hitting the northeast region first within the next few months.
What else is happening next in Chris Bowen’s world?
Now that the single’s released on iTunes, Amazon and other digital platforms, we’ll be working to complete the album and getting this show on the road. I couldn’t do any of this without the support of a great production team, the studio and supporting musicians that make all this happen. Thanks for the opportunity to discuss the music!!