Alex Faith and Dre Murray from W.L.A.K. are dropping a collaborative album in April on Collision Records. The title of the album is Southern Lights : Overexposed click on the link and pre-order the album. Here is a lyric video for the track “Wake Up” featuring Swoope. It is an honest look at what’s going on right now in America. We must form unions and stand together for equality for ALL men and women. Period. There is no asterisk to that statement. I salute any artist who will take an open and honest stance against the current state of affairs. Be sure to check out the album when it drops and cop.
Collision Record’s artist Christon Gray, is a part of the collective We Live As Kings, known more commonly as W.L.A.K. Together with Dre Murray, Alex Faith, and Swoope Christon has seen some levels of notoriety, transforming into a feature on LeCrae’s Church Clothes mixtape series and on Andy Mineo’s Heroes For Sale album. On his lastest solo effort, School Of Roses Christon takes to showing off his plethora of talents from writing, singing, and rapping. The result is a very polished and cohesive album that offers an honest look into the world of an artist who swims against the mainstream.
The most apparent thing noticed on School of Roses, is the open discussion about the mind state of the singer as he battles again the demons within himself. The re-occurring theme of the album is a young man’s attempt to deal with the relationships in his life. He open discusses love, his faith, and the problems that can come for a young man when dealing with the two in the same context. Through out the journey, Christon remains transparent and crafts beautiful works of art around what seems like a bountiful amount of personal experience. Wise beyond his years, Gray dives head first on the “Roses” trilogy of songs on the album. Songs that feature only Christon’s vocals accompanied by piano, they provide the perfect backdrop to the album. Tying things together and packaging it with shiny wrapping paper and accompanying bow. Another stand out track on the album “Convenient” features contributions from Philly producer/emcee Wes Pendleton. Pendleton crafts a ethereal sound scape, where Christon once again deals with the complexities that attack an artist trying to remain on the right path spiritually. This is very apparent on the last 1/3 of the album, with tracks like “Arena (Final Hour)”, where Christon goes in to conversation with God and confesses to the whirlwind going on within himself. Centering himself after the personal confrontations through out the album.
Listening to School Of Roses, the comparisons and influences are obvious, which is unfortunate because they could lead to unfair criticism. I’ll save the argument for the sake of the readers sake, the album can be previewed and your own conclusions can be drawn. This album is a solid effort put together and polished by an artist who takes his craft very serious. Everything about the album is well thought out and delivered. The end result is an album you can play from front to back without skipping a track. An album which resonates with single and married adults, especially young men, who have dealt and continue to deal daily with the same struggles confessed through out the project.
PURCHASE: CHRISTON GRAY – SCHOOL OF ROSES (iTUNES)
PURCHASE: CHRISTON GRAY – SCHOOL OF ROSES (CD)
Christon Gray (W.L.A.K.) will be releasing his album School Of Roses via Collision Records on March 25th. For the first single from the album Christon calls on fellow W.L.A.K. alumni Swoope to provide the rap vocals. After you check out the track, click on the video below and see some bhind the scenes footage of the making of School Of Roses and specifically this track. Enjoy the creation process with the guys working on the track, taking it from idea to end product.
PRE-ORDER: CHRISTON GRAY – SCHOOL OF ROSES
Christon Gray (W.L.A.K.) has a new project called School Of Roses coming out on Collision Records soon. To share some insight into the album they recorded some behind the scenes footage of the creative process of the album. The video gives a great view of what has gone into the record as well as gives some sonic samples from the album. The tracks are real soulful, especially that Wes Pendleton track! I can’t wait to hear what they do on it. It’s nice to get these glimpses into the making of the music.
Christon Gray, from Columbus, OH, takes us down the road which troubles every young man, especially one who adheres to Christian values. Christon says it best “People share a lot of the same experiences in relationships. Growing up you learn that love is not what you think it is, and by the time you’ve found that one, left behind usually is a trail of broken hearts, failed attempts, and overdue apologies. So is it magic or mayhem?” Christon tackles relationships while handling the bars and the melodic hook.
Looking forward to see what Christon and Collision Records has in store for the future.