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Chris Robinson

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Sounds Like:

Butch Walker / Bob Dylan / The Civil Wars


Butch Walker, Johnny Cash, The Civil Wars, Nashville, life experiences, love, and stories that I make up in my head.

Favourite Singer/Songwriter:

Butch Walker

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Songs by Chris Robinson

Flowers & Drapery

There's a lady I know on the street,
oh, she smiles but won't look my way.
She sells flowers and drapery,
but won't turn my direction.
So hollow with skin so frail,
she will mesmorize given a moment.
I could pull out her fraying veil
without hesitation.

She's sitting all alone,
On a black leather throne.
No wise words are welcome,
with her flowers and drapery.

She spent half of her life before,
the other half inside a window.
Her tobacco paned silhouette,
bringing infinite reflection.
One foot in counting the seconds,
with a nail, tapping, surrounded,
by her flowers & drapery.
She won't turn my direction.

She's sitting all alone,
On a black leather throne.
No wise words are welcome,
with her flowers and drapery.

No wise words are welcome,
with her flowers and drapery.



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Drivin' around this town again,
haven't been here since God knows when.
Nothing compares to that lake view shore line,
and she pulls me in and pushes me away.
Calls to me, she knows my name.
Never seen a sight that's so high.

Drivin' around that bridge again,
falling in love with the twists and bends.
Nothing compares to those falls lit up right,
and she, calls to me to ask if I'll stay.
I'm not sure she knows my name,
comin' back home, the Sun feels so bright.

The tallest place I've ever seen.
A big ol' ship forever beached.
The pavement cracking, water crashing,
swaying steel, and fallen leaves.

Pulls me in and pushes me away,
I'm not sure she knows my name.
Pulls me in and pushes me away,
calls to me, she knows my name.

Pulls me in to ask if I'll stay,
I'm not sure she knows my name.
Pulls me and pushes me away,
calls to me she knows my name.
calls to me she knows my name


To The Pines

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Southern Ontario

Level of Experience:



Blues | Country | Folk | Rock

I Write:

By myself | For myself | With others | For others

I prefer to write:

Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns | Arrangements

Songs Recorded:

Wrong, Flowers & Drapery, To The Pines, QEW, Paper, Shining Light, Sweet Sanity, Ever Will, Freezing Fire, Into The Grey, Norma Jeane, Mountains, Right Now, Promises, This Town, Make Believe, 5Days, Again, Faces, Night on the Town, Loved By You, Let Me In, Passing Out

Albums Released:

"Chris Strei EP" - 2017 "Faces" - 2014 "Ever Will" - 2013

Song Placements:

"Shining Light" - The Disability Channel - Theme Song

Other Credits:

Co-composed "Shining Light" with Silvio Simone (Words by Jay Stoyan)

I am interested in:

Web Cowriting | Face to face Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Signing with a Label | Getting a Publishing Deal


(pronounced "stray")
Chris Strei (Robinson) is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Southern Ontario. With no family roots in music, it's tough to say where his passion and musical nature comes from. It's just always been there. Butch Walker, Johnny Cash and Tom Petty's influence can be heard in his original work, but his love for music in general has always been a major influence on his writing style.

After graduating from Recording Arts Canada, Toronto Campus, in 2011, he went on to write, record and produce his first album "Ever Will" in 2013. A follow up album, "Faces", was released with rock band Minus Everything in 2014.

Chris has appeared as a solo artist on RogersTV in Guelph, BarberShop Podcast with Kevin Barber in Hamilton, and The Disability Channel with Jay Stoyan in Toronto, which led to him co-writing and performing the TDC theme song, "Shining Light" at Toronto's Hard Rock Cafe and Dundas Square in 2016. Early stages of the song were recorded at the home of Ronnie Hawkins, and composed, engineered and mixed by Silvio Simone.

On May 1st 2017, Chris Strei released his self-titled EP on iTunes and Spotify. That summer, "Flowers & Drapery" achieved radio play on Montreal's CJIM and KA Radio's "From Texas and Beyond" in Scotland. Josh Wall filmed and directed a music video for "QEW", which appears on the EP as well. "Wrong" is the top streamed song from the EP on Spotify.

Although media appearances and radio play have always been a dream, Chris Strei is truly at home when he's performing on stage, and keeps close connection to his roots as a music fan by including a mix of his favourite artists in his repertoire. From John Denver's "Country Roads", Chris Stapleton's "Tennessee Whiskey", to Butch Walker's "Bed On Fire" and Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive".

Chris has been blessed with the opportunities of opening for The Trews in December 2017, playing at Nashville's iconic Bluebird Cafe in August 2017, as well as various festivals in Southern Ontario. To broaden those opportunties, Chris became a member of Nashville Songwriters' Association International (NSAI), Country Music Aassociation of Ontario (CMAO), and Songwriters' Association of Canada (SAC) in January 2017.

Chris is currently recording a follow up album to his 2017 EP, stay tuned!

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