VALLEY – Chris Gill is perfecting his voice and guitar, making sure everything is just right.
The Valley resident just released his third album – Gone – at the beginning of September and wants any performances to sound just like he does on record.
“I didn’t want any enhancers on my album,” said Gill, a Newfoundland native who moved to the Truro area 20 years ago.
“When I go to a concert, I want to hear you sing that song like you would on your album. I’ve been pounding myself to get it just perfect.”
It’s been about six years since Gill really started playing the piano, and his debut album features 17 original songs.
“Now, I’m just getting all geared up and pushing the album,” said Gill. “And rehearsing for upcoming shows. Non-stop, that’s how I want to be and every note matters to me.”
With inspiration and “teachers” such as Elvis Presley and Tony Bennett, Gill’s album features a variety of types of music.
“It takes you on a real journey,” said Raye Leier, Gill’s publicist.
“It’s got so many different genres mixed in with it, from classical to old-school country and the beginnings of rock and roll. It runs, and it just works.”
The premise behind Gill’s album is that the world is so small and everything can be gone tomorrow.
“We really need to help each other out,” he said, adding his album takes listeners on a journey with influences from Randy Travis to Tony Bennett.
“But I don’t make that stop me. This is truly me.”
With children being a soft spot in Gill’s life, he’s supporting Make A Wish Atlantic Provinces. A portion of the proceeds will go to the organization.
“All my life I’ve had a love of kids. I wasn’t one of those dads that wasn’t around. I thought that if I could just do something to make them smile. It’s about making their dreams come true.”
Gill said he wants to be on the positive side of life, not the negative, and seeing the “happy faces of those kids, it just does something to you inside.
“I don’t know what it is,” he added.
Gone is currently available online at iTunes and CD Baby, and Gill is working on getting a distributer in place, as well as booking live performances where the album will be available.
“This is how I’m going to live and die,” said Gill. “I want my calendar so full. It’s what I want to do.”
For more information on Gill, visit his website at www.chrisgill.ca.