Chris Arena

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Christian Joseph "Chris" Arena is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and producer born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His self-titled debut album, ‘Black’ was released July 20, 2012. His tracks ‘Baby Fish’, ‘Yes It Do’ and 'Train' are featured in Season 4, episodes 10,12 and 14 of ABC's Pretty Little Liars. His song ‘For You’ was featured in the indie film, This Thing With Sarah.

Biography[edit]

Born into a music-oriented family, Arena was taught at a young age to play guitar by his father, an airline pilot who also grew up playing. Arena’s grandfather played guitar as a jazz musician in New York City in the 1950s where he purchased what became a very rare 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Guitar. The guitar was passed down to Arena’s father, who gave it to Chris in high school under the condition that he pursues music as a career. Many of Arena’s tracks have been created using that same guitar.

In 2005, Arena moved from New Jersey to Memphis, Tennessee with his family, where he later attended the University of Memphis and received a BA in Music. After graduating in 2008, he began writing songs that would eventually comprise his debut album, ‘Black.’ In 2010, he moved to Philadelphia after completing the recording sessions for his album. Upon receiving word that his acoustic piece, ‘For You’ would be featured in the indie film, ‘This Thing With Sarah,’ he decided to move west where he could more seriously pursue a career in music.[1] Arena has moved back to Margate City, New Jersey, near Atlantic City.[2]

Career[edit]

In 2013 Arena's songs 'Baby Fish', 'Yes It Do' and 'Train' are featured in Season 4 of ABC's Pretty Little Liars. The tracks ‘Crazy’ and ‘Wait’ were part of New Jersey surf documentary “Dark Fall” in 2010. His song ‘For You' was featured in the indie film “This Thing With Sarah” that was a contender in the Los Angeles “Dances with Films” festival in Summer of 2013.

Arena performed at the Dark Fall premiere and encore showing at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, at subsequent showings in San Diego, CA as well as the Tribeca Surf Film Festival in New York, NY. In addition, Arena has performed at dozens of locations in many cities, including House of Blues and World Cafe Live.

In Fall 2012, Arena and British songwriter and producer, Stefan Skarbek collaborated on a new band, Blackout Cash that would feature Indie Rock infused with EDM. The first album is set to release Fall 2013. The band’s track, ‘Nothings Gonna Stop Us’ is a featured song on the newly released Xbox1's platform.

Arena writes, sings, and produces from his home studio in Santa Monica as well as at Mirrorball Entertainment studios in North Hollywood, CA. Mirrorball Music, a record label and publishing/production company founded in 2011, signed him to an 18 month co-publishing deal in July, 2013. Mirrorball Entertainment is published by Downtown Music Publishing. Arena's music is under review and guidance of Grammy-award winning record producer and audio engineer, Tony Maserati, who has worked with many mainstream artists including Beyonce’s hit ‘Crazy in Love,’ Jason Mraz (for which he won a grammy), Lady Gaga, and many more.

Performances[edit]

Arena has performed at the Dark Fall première and encore showing at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ, with subsequent showings in San Diego, CA and at the Tribeca Surf Film Festival in New York, NY.[3]

He also plays solo shows regularly in Philadelphia, Ardmore, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, New York, NY, Margate, NJ, and Somers Point, New Jersey, and at the Rootstock Music Festival in Jackson Township [3]

Press[edit]

Arena’s music has been featured on UK Music Magazine NME’s online publication, featuring his song ‘Wait” used in ‘Dark Fall,’ as well as ‘Babyfish,’ an early track that was also featured in Pretty Little Liars.

News about Arena and his album have been featured in The Press of Atlantic City (Atlantic City, NJ), dtown Magazine (Doylestown, PA), 54 Magazine (New Hope, PA) and on NJ.com. His album was announced online at Eat Sleep Breathe Music (the track Crazy was the blog’s Song' of the Day on August 8, 2010), and in the Raves and Faves section of Atlantic City Weekly in 2010.[4]

Reception[edit]

Lou Russo of dtown Magazine described Arena's CD as "an alternately intimate and anthemic slice of indie rock and neo-folk"[1] and Mike Reynolds of NJ.com noted, "[Chris Arena] could take his music in a million directions and it'll be fun to watch where he goes".[2]

References[edit]

Official Website - http://chrisarena.com/

Blackout Cash - http://blackoutcash.com/

Chris Arena Myspace Page - https://myspace.com/musicbychrisarena

Chris Arena Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/chrisarenamusic

Chris Arena Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChrisArena

Spotify - https://play.spotify.com/artist/5X310IEeDgiwju1wQtukds

LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=69040743&authType=NAME_SEARCH&authToken=BuQa&locale=en_US&srchid=647061491373932205980&srchindex=2&srchtotal=4773&trk=vsrp_people_res_name&trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A647061491373932205980%2CVSRPtargetId%3A69040743%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisArenaMusic

iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/black/id657915261 https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-in-your-head/id396174371

NME: Babyfish: http://www.nme.com/nme-video/youtube/id/Yttpbyp_zIo Dark Fall – Wait:http://www.nme.com/nme-video/youtube/id/1QePjcQvXaA/search/

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