After finishing an unforgettable experience on Jelly Roll’s sold out Son of a Sinner Tour, especially the unreal Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Long Island guitarist and producer Chris Fury focus’s back on his instrumental solo career. It might seem uncanny that Chris is mirroring the footsteps of other Long Island guitar legends like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and John Petrucci. (Is there something in the drinking water?). However Chris is forging a career path in his own direction, as most of his side and session gigs take place in the hip hop realm.
Since starting his career in 2008, Chris Fury has become a sought-after guitarist and producer in the hip hop world. As a huge fan of bands that combine elements of rock and hip hop, such as 311, Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Rage Against the Machine, Chris started looking for a project in a similar style. His professional career began after successfully auditioning for gold-recording hip hop icon Keith Murray's live band. They continued to play explosive headlining shows and festivals, and with acts EPMD, Eric Sermon, Method Man, Redman, Pitbull, and Ludacris. The band, with Keith's expert lyricism and vocals, also released original music in an effort for mental health and suicide awareness, titled "Suicide Prevention."
Throughout this time Chris began to take on more of a producer role with other artists, making beats alongside his seasoned guitar riffs. His most notable earlier projects include an intro song for an MLB baseball player, songs placed in the award-winning handball documentary "One Wall: Kings of Coney Island” and performing in VH1's pilot "Hip Hop Unplugged" competition with artist Whyteout. With a live band and Chris’s original beat and cover arrangements, Whyteout took home second place out of over 5000 applicants. The competition took place over multiple series of shows at Crash Mansion in NYC with a panel of celebrity judges: Sway Calloway, Doug E. Fresh, Lenny S. (Def Jam), Rockwilder, and more.
One prominent act Chris is still actively working with is rap artist Jehry Robinson. Jehry, now signed to Tech N9ne's label Strange Music, began humbly with Chris co-producing his first independently released albums out of a small shed studio in the suburbs of Long Island. Now with two albums on the label which have topped the iTunes Charts, Chris continues to produce songs, some of which feature high-profile artists like King Iso and Jelly Roll. Multi-platinum artist Jelly Roll, who topped the Billboard charts with his song "Son of a Sinner," invited Jehry to open the Son of a Sinner Tour in the Fall of 2022. With Chris on MPC and Guitar teamed with Jehry, the duo rocked their original songs to sold-out crowds across the West Coast at venues such as Fremont Street Experience Las Vegas, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and Spokane Pavilion.
Chris now readies his new progressive instrumental rock album titled "A Game Worth the Candle" for 2023. It was written over a timespan of the lowest lows and highest high points in Chris's life to this point, cataloging his path through the darkest mental health struggles to the profound joy of starting a family. It is a direct follow-up to his instrumental rock debut "From Darkness," and is performed entirely by Chris and Berklee Grad James Knoerl on the drum kit with some guest solos along the way.
The first single "Knight's Tour" showcases his progressive compositional skills with his slap and tap techniques, linear lines, and two-handed wizardry. The song features a masterful solo by Jemma Heigis (of Latin Trap artist Karol G's band) on synthesizer and sets the tone for the new album. Other guest solos include a duet with two-time Grammy Award-winning saxophone player Fabian Hernandez on "2 of a Kind" and a groovy odd timing organ solo by Toby Lee Marshall (Koch Marshall Trio) on the track "The Game Worth the Candle".
“A Game Worth the Candle" will be out on June 23rd.