Carrabba performing in 2015
|Birth name||Christopher Andrew Carrabba|
|Born||April 10, 1975|
|Origin||West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, emo, acoustic|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards|
|Labels||Vagrant, Fiddler, Drive-Thru, Tooth and Nail|
|Associated acts||Dashboard Confessional, Further Seems Forever, Twin Forks,The Agency|
Christopher Andrew "Ender" Carrabba (born April 10, 1975) is the lead singer and guitarist of the band Dashboard Confessional, lead singer of the band Further Seems Forever, and is the vocalist for the American Alternative/Folk band Twin Forks.
Early life and education
Born in West Hartford, Connecticut, Carrabba's parents divorced when he was three. At age 16, he moved with his mother to Boca Raton, Florida. Carrabba remains close to some relatives on his paternal side, but is not close to his father specifically.
As a teenager, Carrabba was interested in skateboarding and punk rock and, passionate about music, sang in the high-school choir. His uncle gave him a guitar, to which he devoted a great deal of his time, when he was 15. After graduating from Boca Raton High School, Carrabba became more serious about music and joined his first band, The Vacant Andys, and matriculated to Florida Atlantic University to study education.
At college, alongside studies, Carrabba played with The Vacant Andys and, later, with The Agency, which featured Chris Carrabba on their second LP, ENGINES. This was the first recording to feature both Mike Marsh and Chris Carrabba before Mike Marsh became Dashboard Confessionals full-time drummer. For several years, Chris taught at an elementary school in South Florida and played with the group Further Seems Forever.
Dashboard Confessional was born when Chris recorded the "Drowning" EP with Fiddler Records. "I started (Dashboard) as a side project from the band I was in," says Carrabba, "I was going through something really tough at the time and since I don't write in a journal, this is what I did with it. It was a good way to get it out of my system. I never thought anyone would hear these songs, but I played some for my friends and one of them who owned a little label talked me into recording." The name Dashboard Confessional comes from the song "The Sharp Hint of New Tears". The lyric "On the way home, this car hears my confessions" brought to mind the phrase "Dashboard Confessional".
Having received his first guitar from his uncle also named Chris, Carrabba took only a mild interest in his musical talent, preferring to skateboard. He taught himself to play at the age of 15, and recorded his first solo album, The Swiss Army Romance, for the enjoyment of family and friends
Carrabba was a special education teacher prior to his success with Dashboard Confessional, often keeping a guitar in his office to write songs during downtime.
Carrabba started his career with the Vacant Andys. In 1998, while playing with the Vacant Andys, he filled in on guitar in New Found Glory, when regular guitarist Chad Gilbert was on tour with his other band, Shai Hulud. In 2001, he joined the band Further Seems Forever for their debut album The Moon is Down, before moving on to found Dashboard Confessional. In 2002, Dashboard Confessional won the MTV2 Award at MTV Music Awards for the video for "Screaming Infidelities." The video was considered the "dark horse" nominee at the time, as it was up against The Strokes, The Hives, Norah Jones, Nappy Roots, and Musiq. The video was directed by Maureen Egan and Matthew Barry. It was filmed in Los Angeles, California, on a shoestring budget.
Reuniting with Further Seems Forever
It was announced on August 24, 2010, that Further Seems Forever would be reuniting with original vocalist Chris Carrabba with the release of a teaser video featuring rehearsal footage of the song The Moon Is Down.
Covered in the Flood
In November 2011, Carrabba released an album of covers entitled "Covered In The Flood" exclusively on his solo US tour. The album contains 10 tracks originally performed by artists that include R.E.M., Big Star, Guy Clark, Justin Townes Earle and The Replacements.
- Carrabba appears on the Hot Rod Circuit song "Unfaithful".
- Carrabba provides backing vocals on the Say Anything song "Retarded in Love", on the Twothirtyeight album Regulate the Chemicals, and on the New Found Glory cover of the song "The Promise", which is featured on the album From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II.
- Carrabba also appears in Notar's song "Reach".
- "ASCAP: Works written by Christopher Andrew Carrabba". The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 2007-10-04.
- Mueller, Walt (2003). "Dashboard Confessional: Youth culture sings along with Chris". Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. Retrieved 2006-06-18.
- The Hook: Dashboard Confessional - Sympatico / MSN Video[dead link]
- "People: Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional". Celebrity Q&A.
- "Further Seems Forever Reunites With Chris Carrabba". Buzzgrinder.com. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
- "Chris Carrabba To Release "Covered In The Flood" Solo Album". Alter The Press!. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
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