Christian Lo Russo

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Christian Lo Russo
Christian Lo Russo at Big Day Out Sydney 2011.jpg
Background information
Origin Australia
Genres Pop rock, Pop
Occupations Singer, Songwriter
Years active 2006–present

Christian Lo Russo is a singer and songwriter from Sydney, Australia. He is the frontman, songwriter, vocalist and keyboardist for Sydney New Wave pop rock band Amy Meredith.[1] He is also a songwriter, having worked with the likes of Sam Hollander, Rich Costey, Billy Mann, Matt Squire, John Feldmann, Tim Pagnotta, Matt Hales, and Robert Conley.[2] He has penned songs for/with 5 Seconds of Summer,[3] Hayley Warner, Timomatic, Brian McFadden, Bluejuice, Paul Mac, Christina Parie,[4] Johnny Ruffo,[5] Lakyn Heperi, and more.[6] He played an instrumental role in the early development of Sydney band 5 Seconds of Summer,[7] who have recently toured worldwide as support for One Direction.[8]

Early life[edit]

Christian Lo Russo grew up in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, the younger of two children, in a family of Italian ancestry.[9] As a child, he was training with aspirations to be a professional footballer/Soccer player. From an early age he spent almost every day training and playing, representing his district and state however at age 17, music started to become Lo Russo’s main focus. After graduating high school, Christian went to university to study a Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in music and drama.[10]

Music career[edit]

Amy Meredith

Christian attended the same high school as Amy Meredith guitarist Joel Chapman, and they first met at age 12. They found a common interest in music, but it wasn't until 2007 that they started writing music together, and soon after formed the band Amy Meredith.[11] Lo Russo and Chapman, along with producer Robert Conley, penned the band’s top ten hit Lying, which achieved Platinum status in the ARIA charts. All of Amy Meredith’s songs were either written or co-written by Lo Russo, including all those on the band’s, albums Restless, which also reached the top ten, and achieved Gold status,[12] and Maps.


Songwriting

Lo Russo has worked with many artists, either co-writing with them, or writing for them. Whilst spending time in Los Angeles, he wrote with Sam Hollander (One Direction, Good Charlotte, Tom Jones), Rich Costey (Foster the People, The Wombats), Matt Squire (Kesha, All Time Low, Panic! At The Disco), Billy Mann (Pink, Ricky Martin, Delta Goodrem), John Feldmann (Goldfinger), Tim Pagnotta (Sugarcult, Neon Trees) and Matt Hales (Aqualung).[13] Back in Australia, Lo Russo has written and co-written music for 5 Seconds of Summer,[14] Hayley Warner, Timomatic, Brian McFadden, Bluejuice, Sinead Burgess, Paul Mac, Christina Parie,[15] Johnny Ruffo,[16] Emma Birdsall, Ben Hazelwood, Louis School, Fatai Veamatahau,[17] Johnny Ruffo,[18] Lakyn Heperi, Straalen McCallum[19] and Dami Im.[20] Lo Russo's collaborations with 5 Seconds of Summer have so far produced the songs Unpredictable and Beside You,[21] both of which feature on the EP Somewhere New. Beside You became such a fan favourite, that 5 Seconds of Summer play it at all of their live shows, and it was also included on their debut self-titled album, released on 27 June 2014, which hit the number one position on the iTunes charts within a day,[22] and quickly also went to number one on the Australian, New Zealand, Irish, UK and Italian charts.[23]

Musical Influences[edit]

Christian has listed many artists that have influenced his writing. Some of these include The Beatles, The Cure, Phoenix, Roy Orbison, The Smiths, The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie, INXS and Crowded House.[24]

Discography[edit]

Year Album Artist Song Credit
2014 Burnt Letters Taylor Henderson The Best Part Co-writer
2014 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer Beside You Co-writer
2013 Loveless Ben Hazlewood Loveless Co-writer
2013 Maps Amy Meredith Wake Me Up Co-writer
2012 Somewhere New 5 Seconds of Summer Unpredictable Co-writer
2012 Somewhere New 5 Seconds of Summer Beside You Co-writer
2012 Maps Amy Meredith Fun Co-writer
2011 Maps Amy Meredith Pick Up Your Tricks Co-writer
2010 Restless Amy Meredith Faded White Dress Co-writer
2010 Restless Amy Meredith Young At Heart Co-writer
2010 Restless Amy Meredith Lying Co-writer
2009 Restless Amy Meredith Pornstar Co-writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ iTunes. "Amy Meredith Biography". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Milly Petriella (10 December 2012). "50 songs in 5 Days". Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Wendy Robinson (6 April 2014). "5 Seconds of Summer Taking on the World". Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Christian Lo Russo (8 April 2013). "Christian Lo Russo Twitter". Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Christian Lo Russo (26 June 2012). "Christian Lo Russo Linked In". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Milly Petriella (10 December 2012). "50 songs in 5 Days". Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Christian Lo Russo (13 October 2012). "Christian Lo Russo Instagram". Retrieved 27 April 213. 
  8. ^ Poppy Reid (14 February 2013). "Sydney's 5 Seconds of Summer support 1D on World Tour". Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  9. ^ iTunes. "Amy Meredith Biography". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  10. ^ OV Guide. "Christian Lo Russo Music Videos". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Amy Meredith Biography". 18 November 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Christie Eliezer (16 November 2011). "Amy Meredith: New International management deal, split with Sony". Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Milly Petriella (10 December 2012). "50 songs in 5 Days". Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Kathy McCabe (22 June 2014). "Sia and Daniel Johns leading Australians writing hit songs for others". Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Christian Lo Russo (8 April 2013). "Christian Lo Russo Twitter". Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  16. ^ Christian Lo Russo (26 June 2012). "Christian Lo Russo Twitter". Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  17. ^ Christian Lo Russo (8 April 2013). "Christian Lo Russo Twitter". Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  18. ^ Christian Lo Russo (12 April 2013). "Christian Lo Russo Twitter". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  19. ^ Milly Petriella (10 December 2012). "50 songs in 5 Days". Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  20. ^ Kathy McCabe (22 June 2014). "Sia and Daniel Johns leading Australians writing hit songs for others". Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  21. ^ Jon O'Brien (27 June 2014). "5 Seconds of Summer stick to what they do best on self-titled debut". Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  22. ^ Peter Vincent (28 June 2014). "5SOS Fans Score Debut Album after Overnight Sleepout". Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  23. ^ Peter Vincent (28 June 2014). "5SOS Fans Score Debut Album after Overnight Sleepout". Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  24. ^ Poppy Reid (21 July 2010). "Amy Meredith Young and Restless". Retrieved 28 April 2013.