A big part of why I started a music blog is that so I can gush about my favorite musicians. This one just happens to be a friend of mine. When I first met Chris in Los Angeles so many years ago, he was doing gigs with his band at the Mint, bringing down the house, and was basically already a success. But maybe he had further to go. That seems pretty clear now.
Let me just say it up front - Chris Pierce's voice is a national treasure. His control and depth of tone across his entire range, but clearly with regard to his falsetto, is just beyond any pedestrian concept of soul. He will constantly surprise you with what can be done with a voice like his.
It's an intimidating combination of characteristics, and furthermore Chris is a humble and kind person. So when I heard that he was heading to Muscle Shoals to record an album of soul covers, I was pretty floored.
I need to say that You've Got To Feel It! is an amazing album. You will not regret adding it to your collection. My money is on Chris winning a Grammy for this one in 2018.
NOTE: top photo is of Chris and Donna Godchaux from the session. Chris is happily married to the very talented and beautiful Tara Buck.