By Jack Barnes
Singer-songwriter and musician, Cris Cab releases his new single “Turn Out the Light” featuring Latin superstar recording artist, J. Balvin and produced by Dre Harris exclusively with The Fader. “Turn Out the Light” is the first official offering from Cris Cab’s forthcoming Pharrell Williams executive produced album, New Beginnings, which is set for release this winter. Over top of 80’s inspired musical sonics, and a string of influenced vocals, Cris sings about the searching and questions that today’s generation ask themselves about the future. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
“These days, I believe my generation has a lot of questions and uncertainty about the future and life in general” says Cab. “This song was basically a conversation in my head looking for answers and a quest for unity”.
“Pharrell had invited me to the studio to meet J. Balvin, and I played him some records I was working on. J and I clicked quickly, and when he heard the rough version of Turn Out The Light, he immediately reacted to it, and was ready to lay a verse. Being from Cuban heritage, it makes me proud to have a verse on my record in Spanish by J.”
Cris upcoming album New Beginnings is set to explore all of the variations reggae music has had to offer the world. From 80’s UK pop, vintage Jamaican roots, Caribbean dancehall to Latin Reggaton. Cris effortlessly uses all of these styles with his own flavor and seamlessly incorporates them into a modern sound with a Universal message. The project holds songs made with heavy weight producers like Pharrell Williams, Jerry Wonder, and Dallas Austin, with many unexpected surprise features.
About Cris Cab
Cris Cab started music at a very young age. Born to Cuban parents in Miami, Florida, he spent summers in the Bahamas broadening his music tastes. At 14, his father bought him his first studio session. At 15, his early demos caught the attention of Pharrell Williams who met him and mentored him. Hugely popular online, articles appeared about him on blogs including Perez Hilton, Just Jared and online website of Billboard. Cris Cab also opened for various acts including T-Pain, Matisyahu, Rebelution, Gym Class Heroes and O.A.R. Signing a management deal, he released his debut Foreword EP in 2011 and his original single “Good Girls”. Wyclef Jean met him on tour and became a second mentor to him and recorded “She’s So Fly” with him.
In 2012 Cris Cab released a full-length mixtape, Echo Boom featuring production and collaboration by Pharrell Williams, Mavado, Wyclef Jean, Melanie Fiona, Shaggy, Daytona, Marc Roberge (of O.A.R.) and was signed to Mercury Records. His single “Good Girls (Don’t Grow on Trees)” was written by Pharrell Williams and produced by Wyclef Jean, and features a rap section by Big Sean.His song “Paradise (On Earth)” was featured on the NBA 2K14 soundtrack.
His international fame came with “Liar, Liar” released on Island Def Jam Records that has charted in Germany, France, Netherlands and Belgium. The release was accompanied by a music video with cameo appearances by Pharrell Williams. “Liar Liar” hit its high on the worldwide iTunes chart at #34.
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