Escape Music are pleased to announce the long awaited solo debut for Heartland/The Distance/Virginia Wolf vocalist Chris Ousey. The album Rhyme & Reason will be released across Europe November 11.
All songs are written by Chris Ousey and Tommy Denander. Produced and Mixed by: Mike
Slamer. Co-Produced by: Tommy Denander and Mastered by: Christoph Stickel at MSM-Studios
The Band: Chris Ousey – Vocals; Mike Slamer – Guitars and Keyboards (City Boy/Streets/Seventh
Key/Steelhouse Lane); Tommy Denander – Guitar and keyboards (Radioactive/Robin Beck/Spin
Gallery); Neil Murray – Bass (Whitesnake/Gary Moore) and Gregg Bisonette – Drums (Dave Lee
Roth/Ringo Starr); Backing vocals: Billy Trudel and Kristoffer Lagerström.
Chris Ousey’s career goes from strength to strength. His first main achievement was with Polygram
recording artists „Monroe“ with guitarist Gary Sharpe, but Chris never made it to the album as he was
snatched in the pre-production stages by John Bonham’s son, Jason, for his new band of the moment,
Virginia Wolf. The band notched up 250,000 album sales between two records in the form of their self
titled debut (produced by Queen’s Roger Taylor) and „Push“ (produced by Keith Olsen).
Most will associate Chris with the band „Heartland“ which was actually formed by Chris with Gary
Sharpe and their self titled debut on A & M Records in the early nineties was produced by James
„Jimbo“ Barton. Since then Chris has notched up 10 releases with Heartland, and recently „Best of
(ESM221) is a great reminder of the work he has done over the years.
Nicknamed by the press as „The Man with the Golden Tonsils“ Chris has always been loved by the
rock audience, simply because of his amazing voice and his uncanny vocal range. So, for the first time
we have a solo album from the man himself, and are we all in for a treat. Produced by none other
than the famous Mike Slamer, „Rhyme and Reason“ is a superb slice of melodic hard rock that will
have you singing every chorus after the first spin. Songs Like „Mother of Invention“ (available as a
Digital download on 5th October) and „The Reason Why“ are two great examples of songs from the
album, but there is not one single weak track here. Chris has a knack of writing great lyrics and with
Tommy Denander writing the music then it is a match made in heaven….and just wait till you hear the
collaboration of two great guitarists Mike Slamer and Tommy Denander and the combination is just
pure magical!!
Rhyme and Reason is a great album and highlights just how Chris has matured over the last two


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