Triple-threat singer, songwriter and guitar player Chris Carmack released his debut independent EP PIECES OF YOU (Unbridled and Blue) Friday (12/11) to outstanding critical acclaim. Showcasing Carmack’s wide range of influences - everything from the jazz and blues he grew up playing on saxophone, to rock, pop with a few touches of country - the early reviews applaud the five-track compilation produced by multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winner Ben Fowler (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael McDonald) and Phoenix Mendoza.


“Stunning” – Entertainment Weekly

"...a record that's contemplative and self-exploratory, shot through with bursts of fiery fretwork."

- Rolling Stone

“The guy is pure talent - one who isn’t afraid to paint outside the lines, and sound just as pure and as authentic in any one style as the other.” - Sounds Like Nashville

“His mellow vocals are slightly reminiscent of country mega-star Keith Urban” – Digital Journal

“Definitely one to add to the ‘awesome’ pile!” – Renowned For Sound

“…a remarkable offering that features astute writing and comfortable grooves that play like old friends Carmack has known for his entire life.” – AXS

“…an impressively soulful, genre-blending piece of work.” – The Shotgun Seat

Carmack celebrated the release with a return to the Opry stage (listen here) at the historic Ryman Auditorium (12/11) and was introduced by non-other than guitar legend Vince Gill who has praised the multi-talented actor, “He is a wicked good guitar player, and I’m sitting there saying ‘OK, what’s the story, are you a frustrated guitar player or frustrated actor that made you so good at that…'” 

Currently in production on “Nashville,” viewers will get a rare and intimate look at life behind-the-scenes on tour as cameras follow Carmack and fellow cast members for “Nashville: On The Record 3,” airing on ABC tomorrow (12/16) at 10 p.m./9 p.m. CST.

Recently Carmack and the entire cast were honored by CMT with the first-ever “International Impact Award” during the 2015 CMT Artists of the Year special for “helping to spark Nashville’s red-hot renaissance” (CMT president Brian Philips). He has also been featured on THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE soundtracks, including THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, SEASON 4, VOLUME 1 (Big Machine Records). In 2014 and 2015 Carmack also performed live with the cast on ABC’s Opry-produced “Nashville” concert tours. The popular show has received nominations for People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and Critics’ Choice Television Awards. 

For more information on Chris Carmack, please visit www.ChrisCarmackMusic.com.

About Chris Carmack

The Washington D.C. native, who grew up playing saxophone at a young age, turned his attention towards jazz band and theatre in high school. Upon graduating, he studied at NYU’s esteemed Tisch Adler Conservatory before heading out to Los Angeles where he helped launch the theatrical production of “The Day I Stood Still.” Carmack would spend his off-time practicing guitar, which would later come in handy for his role on "Nashville." His performance in “The Day I Stood Still” attracted the attention of the producers from the hit drama “The O.C.,” who cast him as “Luke Ward” in the series in 2003. After completing his work on the show, Carmack returned to the stage in New York at the Roundabout Theatre Company, where he took on the role of “Sloane” in “Entertaining Mr. Sloane,” alongside Alec Baldwin and Jan Maxwell. He also performed in London, playing John Buchanan in Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke.”