INTERVIEW: Chris Bender

How would you classify your music?

I would classify my music as Powerful , Meaningful & most of all enjoyable . Music is so necessary nowadays. I believe that there qualities  help embody amazing pieces of work.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Some of my top influences would have to be Donnie McClurkin , Brandy , Judith Christie McAllister , Mary Mary & for sure my Uncle Chris Bender who was killed in 91’. All of these artist have played a significant role in some of the qualities that been developed over the years.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

Well I try to shy away from the term fans . I think of my supporters as family. We all go through situational circumstances that leave us in need of hope, strength sometimes just even a laugh. That’s what I aspire to be every time I get the opportunity to share my music. Being the older cousin that always has a message of reassurance for what life is throws

How’s the music scene in your locale?

The music scene here in Boston very interesting. There are so many talented individuals here however , there isn’t a great amount of exposure and opportunity for up and coming artist. One of my missions in my professional career as an artist is to create those opportunities for the next generation to prepare them for greatness and even more so expose them to greatness.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

The best concert I’ve been to actually was performed by Corey Henry & the Funk Apostles. The entire band worked to create an environment where every color , race , religious background & musical genre could be presented and most of all everyone could feel as if they matter. I remember walking back to the car after the show just speechless from the performance they gave. I was completely inspired.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

Well its funny that you ask that. I believe that the new single “Glad in it” fits the description for this question. I absolutely love this song. I have had to learn how to become the lyrics more so than just singing and sharing them.

I believe I’m not just here on earth to sing the message. but I am being challenged to Be the message .

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I believe that over the last year I have really had to understand the necessity of the sanity of the creative. During this pandemic , we all have been challenged and faced with opposition. However it is important for us to consider … As independent artist we carry so many different hats and burdens . Some of us are disappointed and disregarded because our mission is to always feel. Sometimes that gets tough. But while spending time with my own reality , helped me to push folks creatively into their destiny. 

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?  

If I could meet with our play or co-write a song with any artist I think I would have for it to be Jill Scott. Jill just understands how to quickly target the emotions of the consumers. I think she is genius, so a little bit of breakfast with Jill would be okay with me.

What’s next for you?  

I am super excited about the new single “Glad in it” that will be available for pre-order JULY 10th and officially releasing July 24th. For more information about me you can log onto iamchrisbender.com/gladinit .

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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