Consistently releasing music into the world is Chris St John, with his incredible fourth studio album, titled “The Sinner and the Saint”. In honour of its release, he has also announced a free event which is set to raise money for HALO Missions. This album release acts as the follow-up to his previous studio album, titled “Where Dreams End“.
Chris St. John is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has been making his name known in the indie world with his albums and singles hitting the World Indie Music Charts and the Euro Indie Music Network. His diversity and versatility are showcased in all the music that he has released, dipping and diving into a variety of musical genres and styles. This has allowed his albums to receive critical acclaim and allows him to stretch his skills in world music as a whole. Vibing off the energies he is feeling on the day, this singer-songwriter embraces ambiguity and mystery to what he is going to release next, leading to an excited fanbase who are eager to hear his next track.
With the release of this album, Chris St John has announced a free album release event that is not only a showcase of his new album but will also see him perform songs from his previous three albums as well as his most-streamed single, “Hey Siri”. The event will be hosted at The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center on Monday, June 12, 2023, at 7:00 pm EST. The venue is located at 20 Terry St., Patchogue, NY 11772, admission is free and seating is first come first served. You can find more information about the event and the venue, itself, on the official website.
Stream “The Sinner and the Saint” by Chris St John on Spotify here:
The album starts off with “Black and Blue”, a great introduction to who Chris St John is as an artist with an acoustic guitar rhythm paired with his soulful emotional vocals. The track expands into a slightly more upbeat rhythm as the chorus hits, with him describing the end of a relationship that wasn’t meant to be but he had hoped he could’ve changed the ending – it’s from the heart, relatable, and honest, all of which can also be found in the entire 11-track album. Awesome instrumental segments are also heard in this track – another thing that Chris St John doesn’t shy away from in this album. “One Last Dance” follows, bringing a more country-rock-ballad style with his soulful voice asking for another chance but if that’s not possible, then at least one last dance. There are experimental effects throughout as a variety of instruments get a chance to shine including what sounds like a xylophone and a harmonica – this is the track to hear live. The third track is “I Love You”, which is a sweet, sentimental song that allows him to confess his love to his other half in a stripped-back, soulful, track.
“The Hard Way” is the next track, which is a surprising flip of a song, bringing a huge upbeat country atmosphere that is set to make an impact on every listener. Adding folk and country-pop, Chris St John tells his story diving into his thoughts and experiences wrapped around how life can be difficult. The upbeat rhythmic vibe is undeniably addicting and one we’re more than likely going to add to our everyday playlists. The title track follows next, “The Sinner and the Saint”, which slows the vibe of the album back down, allowing Chris St John to delve into his soulful emotion mentioning how he misses the one he loves wrapped around his signature country ballad energy with heartfelt harmonies from a female backing singer that gives this track an edge. The album continues with “Now I Know” which keeps the country-ballad atmosphere bringing with it a sombre winter track but we have to say that Chris St John’s vocals are the best we’ve heard them out of the entire album. The lyrics, for this track, delve into a vivid lonesome description putting the listener right in the house where he’s all alone as winter sets in – it has a very Scandinavia dark damp feel to it. “Harbinger” is the seventh track on the album and starts off with a bit of keys and guitar, allowing Chris St John to show versatility within this indie-country album, and lyrically sees a sort of continuation of the previous track, with Chris St John asking for his partner to stay, but what totally surprises listeners is the female vocal that features on this track, flipping the script, changing the narrative, and giving a different side to the story being told.
“Long Goodbyes” is the next track, which is pretty much completely stripped back allowing Chris St John to continue to tell us his story, it’s clear that this track means a lot to him as his vocals are clearly coming straight from his heart with every lyric meaning so much. Next up is “Then I Met You”, which brings a bit of country-pop back into the mix with some upbeat guitar rhythms and addicting lyrics that have got us imagining line dancers loving the song – and we wouldn’t blame them as this is groovy. There’s a piano instrumental in this track which is incredible and we also love how the keys continue for the rest of the song. “I Long To See You” follows next which takes it down a notch again giving more heart-fuelled ballad energy filled with honest integrity and gritty guitar chords. The final track on the album is “The Disguise” which is itself a kind of disguise as it’s just 17 seconds long and hears Chris St John sing a few thoughtful lyrics about a realisation he has had with a simple guitar chord that certainly mellows out the 11-track album.
Stream our favourite track from the album, “Now I Know”, on Spotify here:
“The Sinner and the Saint”, the fourth studio album from Chris St John, is available to download and stream, right now, across all platforms, via HALO Records. Don’t forget that to celebrate the release of this album, Chris St John has announced a free album release event, where he’ll be performing the tracks from his album as well as some of his previously released tracks. The event will be hosted at Patchogue’s The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center and will see Chris St John raise money for HALO Missions. Find out more information here.
HALO Missions (Health and Learning for Orphans) is an international non-profit charity created to provide medical care and educational assistance to orphans in developing countries. It was formed by Chris St John and Doctor James Bopp and it aims to offer crucial support in the form of medical, dental, and educational aid to impoverished communities in developing nations. The primary focus of the organization is to assist orphans and their caregivers. Over the years, HALO has extended its outreach to various countries such as Zambia, El Salvador, Ghana, and the Dominican Republic. Their efforts have included providing food donations, constructing irrigation systems, and repairing/building schools and churches. Currently, HALO is preparing for its inaugural mission to Argentina.
In the months of June and September 2023, HALO will be venturing to Chaco, a region located in the northern part of Argentina. Chaco is home to several indigenous minority groups. The primary objective of this mission is to alleviate the dire conditions faced by the impoverished population. HALO’s activities will encompass delivering general medical assistance, eye care services, and surgical procedures, as well as distributing food, clothing, and educational support.
The dedicated team of HALO Missions consists entirely of volunteers who generously give their time and efforts. It is important to note that all travel expenses incurred by team members are self-funded. Donations received by HALO are directed towards procuring medical and educational supplies for the benefit of children in need. You can find out more information on the official HALO Missions website.