Chris Ayer is a Brooklyn, NY-based singer-songwriter. He won the Lennon Award in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Folk category and has been a recent finalist in both the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest and the New York Songwriter's Circle Contest. Beyond strictly folk music, elements of pop, rock, soul and country influence his sound.
Ayer grew up in McLean, Virginia, and got his start singing along to old cassette tapes of Elvis and Paul Simon on car rides. Over the last six years, he has been busy writing and recording new material, and touring throughout the US & UK. His independent releases include 3 EPs, 2 full-length albums, and a live CD, and he has played over 500 shows since starting out. His most recent album "Don't Go Back To Sleep" was released in fall 2009. Chris is releasing new songs monthly in 2011, and will be playing shows wherever he can throughout the year, including a summer tour of Europe & the UK.
"Has it all: tight arrangements, excellent musicality and imaginative lyrics."
-Performing Songwriter Magazine
"A folk-pop sound with an upbeat tempo that could make the sun peek through the storm clouds"
"Part street poet, part philosopher, Chris Ayer will leave you smiling whether you feel like smiling or not." -Buddy Hollywood
"Breezy singer-songwriter pop... come for the catchy melodies, stay
for the minor IV chords."
-Guitar Player Magazine