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Chris Strei

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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 Strei

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 and Traditional | Rock and Pop

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


Chris Strei (Robinson) has been almost every direction of down through his life story. None of it has actually been able to keep him down. He gladly welcomes bad times into his life, they're the perfect inspiration to write a truly sincere song, which is also fantastic therapy for those tough times. Songs of love, heartache, social adversity and partying fill most of his earlier repertoire. While highways, spirits, folklore, and the ever popular love & pain, of course, fill his most current repertoire of songs.

With no family roots in music, it's tough to say where the love and passion for music comes from. It's just there, it always has been. "My earliest memory of being musical is getting musical toys for Christmas and birthdays. My favourite is standing in a Zellers shopping cart as a toddler and singing along with the store's music, which embarassed my truck driving, biker uncle." Chris recalls.

After getting comfortable with singing publicly at local karaoke bars, Chris picked up a guitar at 16 to fulfill a long standing desire to learn to play. A couple years later, only learning songs from artists like Bon Jovi and Keith Urban wasn't good enough, he wanted to start writing those songs. Chris started writing his own songs in 2005, but didn't quite have the confidence in any of them until after a near fatal car accident in 2008. "Back To You" was written shortly after that accident. The song was written as a poem while going through withdrawals after running out of painkillers in the middle of the night, and became a complete song at a band practice during his days with a hard rock band called Point Eight (2009-2010).

Chris eventually left Point Eight to pursue aspirations of being a producer, as well as a songwriter, and attended Recording Arts Canada in Toronto. During that time, he was given the opportunity to let the class, taught by Rob Sanzo, to record a sweet sounding, yet not so slow, power ballad kind of song called "Ever Will", which had been very well received. Chris then continued writing about life experiences from there, writing and producing two albums with Chris Strei & The D-Line ("Ever Will", 2013) and a rock album with Minus Everything ("FACES", 2014), before starting in a folk and country direction.

In January 2016, Chris found his way into a 1-hour feature on The Disability Channel. After leaving a positive impression with Jay Stoyan, the station's owner/founder, Chris was asked to collaborate with him on the station's theme song, "Shining Light". The lyrics were already written with what was described as a rap vibe. Chris took those lyrics and composed a folk/blues melody and chord structure, he then handed the song over to Silvio Simone who composed and produced the rest of the song. During the early stages of the song's existence, it was performed at promotional events in Toronto's Hard Rock Cafe, Dundas Sqaure, and and early take was also recorded at Ronnie Hawkins' house with Robin Hawkins and Jerome Godboo.

May 1st, 2017, in celebration of Johnny Cash's first #1 hit, Chris Strei released a self-titled EP. The collection of 5 songs is a diverse collection of stories, featuring "QEW", a song where music came first and projected visions of driving down the lake side highway in Ontario, Canada. The EP also features the single "Flowers & Drapery", a Supernatural inspired piece of original folklore about a woman's ghost who has made the decision to stay in limbo for the sake of her passion. "Flowers & Drapery" was the most interesting composition on the EP, using Foley recording, sound design and a mixture of rhythms in a way that suggest a mixture of time signatures. The music and mood of the song was inspired by Johnny Cash's "Ain't No Grave" and "The One That Got Away" by The Civil Wars. After achieving a 9 out of 10 assessment, with very kind comments from the Songwriters' Association of Canada, after also achieving radio play on Montreal's CJIM and Scotland's KA Radio during "From Texas and Beyond", it was submitted to The Trews, who then offered Chris an opening slot at The Rope Factory in Brantford, Ontario on December 1st.

In August 2017, Chris made a trip to Nashville and played at The Bluebird Cafe. "Those 10 days really cleared my head and motivated me to really give myself some necessary pushes to succeed. When I got home, I started looking at music in such a different light and started learning as many songs as I could at a time, just to play. I've probably written about 2 full-length albums worth of songs that, I think, are worthy to be released once I was done learning my list of covers. Nashville is an incredible experience that has opened my mind so much and helped me expand and develop my writing and playing."

Chris is currently looking for writing partners and pitching songs, while pursuing a career as a professional songwriter.

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