Our “Music Monday” pick this week is a singer/songwriter that goes by the name Cris Cab.
Cris Cab is a 21-year-old Cuban singer/songrwiter from Miami, Florida. At 14, Cris’ father bought him his first studio sessions. He became a musician with his feet in multiple words: old and new, the States and the Caribbean. By chance meeting, Cris played his early demos for Pharrell Williams. Pharrell was impressed, but Cris’ talents were raw and unpolished. Heeding the super-producer’s advice, Cris practiced relentlessly, focused on songwriting, and played any gig he was allowed into. Three years later, Cris and Pharrell met again. This time, Pharrell was sold, citing “He’s just getting warmed up, but this kid is the future.”
In 2011, Cris signed a management deal. He released a series of videos, soon becoming popular on the internet. The most successful of these was a cover of Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow,” amassing 100,000 views in its first week. The dialogue between Cris and his fans grew exponentially, resulting in the well-received EP, Foreword, and its original single, “Good Girls.“ “Good Girls” brought Cris a broader audience, including Wyclef Jean. Wyclef quickly became a second mentor, saying, “Playing with Cris is like drinking water. It just flows.”
2012 saw the release of Cris Cab’s full-length mixtape, Echo Boom (currently downloaded over 300,000 times). Echo Boom featured production from Cris, longtime collaborator PJ McGinnis, Wyclef, Pharrell, Supa Dupes, and 88 Keys. With this continued momentum, Cris signed with Mercury Records. He released his debut single, “Good Girls (Don’t Grow On Trees).” The track, a re-imagined version of his earlier release, was written by Pharrell, produced by Wyclef, and features Big Sean.
Cris currently has his debut album Where I Belong featuring the hit single “Liar Liar (feat. Pharrell)” slated for a September 2nd release here in the United States. The 21-year-old will also be heading to Europe as direct support for Pharrell’s headlining fall tour.
CelebSecrets4U caught up with Cris Cab at the Island Def Jame headquarters in New York City where he talked about performing at New York’s famous Webster Hall, working with Pharrell Williams and Wyclef Jean, and his upcoming album, Where I Belong. Cris also revealed that he loves to finger paint. Check out the video below! For more information on Cris Cab, make sure to head on over to his official website at criscab.com. Music video for “Liar Liar (feat. Pharrell)” under!
Cris Cab Interview
Cris Cab – “Liar Liar” – Music Video
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