The Big Chill, The Cream of Clapton, and The Best of Van Morrison- consider these Chandler Hurd’s starting point. Despite them all basically being Greatest Hits albums, not a bad foundation for a singer/songwriter, right? Growing up on Long Island, just...
The Big Chill, The Cream of Clapton, and The Best of Van Morrison- consider these Chandler Hurd’s starting point. Despite them all basically being Greatest Hits albums, not a bad foundation for a singer/songwriter, right? Growing up on Long Island, just outside of the Big Apple, Chandler’s parents constantly had these albums (among countless others) playing around the house and in the car. By the age of 14 Chandler took up the guitar and began to teach himself how to sing while playing. This quickly lead him to begin writing his own songs throughout High School. “Nothing I wrote before college should ever be heard by human ears. Thank God no one told me I sucked,” Chandler openly jokes about his beginnings in music. While at college in Baltimore, Chandler started focusing on his writing and continued to expand his musical influences by growing his c.d. collection with everything from Paul Simon to Kanye West. Before long he decided to play some of his tunes at the weekly open mic night held on campus. He quickly realized that playing in front of people and joking around while he had their attention was way too much fun. This lead to constantly trying to write “really good solid catchy songs” with the intention of performing them. After graduation, he decided music wasn’t something he wanted to leave behind in Maryland. Soon after he got home, Chandler began playing shows at open mics and showcases all over NYC. With some good luck, Chandler was discovered by Izzy Gold Records in the winter of ‘09. With his signing to the record label, Chandler recorded a 5 song E.P. "I see this as an introduction to me and my music for everyone who doesn’t know me. They are some real solid tunes that I think everybody will be able to relate to. I think it’ll get people tapping their feet and maybe even humming along." Chandler hopes that people enjoy this collection of songs and looks forward to showing different musical sides in the future. Consider this your starting point with Chandler Hurd. "When you get the E.P. on your Ipod, scroll down to the “C’s”. I’ll be between Cat Stevens and Coolio…"
Chandler Hurd- Rising Indie Pop Icon by For all intensive purposes Chandler Hurd is your average American male in his mid twenties, who relates to core America, has his eyes set on the stars and likes to walk with the occasional swagger....
Chandler Hurd- Rising Indie Pop Icon by For all intensive purposes Chandler Hurd is your average American male in his mid twenties, who relates to core America, has his eyes set on the stars and likes to walk with the occasional swagger. Of course this is a lie, for who Chandler Hurd really is a sensitive young man who has an intuitive inclination to draw an audience close and pulverize them with heart felt feel good music that draws on many of his personal experiences. He likes to sing about heart break, integrity and coming to terms with oneself and frankly one can hardly sing about love until they too have been heart broken or in Chandler’s case created heartbreak. Welcome to the scene one of the newest and rising charismatic and down to earth gentlemen we have come across in a while…
It’s a Monday night and I’m once again hanging out with famed music producer Chris Young at his Flatiron recording studio when I come across the unassuming presence of Chandler Hurd. At first we exchange polite pleasantries, but it isn’t until when he takes out his acoustic guitar and begins strumming on a song that he’s literally just finished writing and recording with Chis Young, ‘Little Bird,” that I am suddenly captivated by this young man’s musical prowess and earthy tones.
So starts this author’s earnestness to find out more about this young rising talent who has already released his 5 track ep and is getting set to release his ten track album in the spring – ‘Station to Station.’
SCV: I’m curious how did you begin to start playing music?
CH: When I was 14 I decided one day that I too could sing and play and having grown up in a family surrounded by musical influences and with Eric Clapton and Motown Hits forever coming out of my parent’s stereo that I wanted to try it too. (He reflects for a moment)- It was the idea of connecting with a wider collective, audience that inspired me to begin to write and make sense of what I was sensing and feeling.
SCV: What are you looking to express as a singer song writer?
CH: The idea that a lot of things happen in our lifetimes and that we can all relate to those things.
SCV: Such as?
CH: Well coming of age, heart break, owning up to who you really are and those things that truly make us happy
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