When Chris Cron moved to Tennessee a few years ago, he was done with music.
He got a job with the YMCA and put his 12 years as frontman of the Warner Bros.-signed rock band Melee behind him. Focused on rebuilding his marriage and being a good dad to his young son, Cron thought the page had turned.
Then a mutual friend connected him to a music publisher, and suddenly he was writing songs again. Content to be behind the scenes, Cron lent his words--and his production skills, too--to a number of artists in the Christian music industry, including Kerrie Roberts, Finding Favour, Joel Vaughn, Long Hollow Baptist Church, Joseph Habedank and more.
That seemed like plenty; a way for music to not fully fade from Cron's life. Then came The Voice.
"I caved," he says, recalling why he decided to audition for the NBC reality show. "Enough people had tried to get me to do it through the years. I thought that I didn't want to regret not doing it."
And in Season 11, though he didn't make it past the blind auditions, a lot of chairs turned upon hearing his rendition of INXS's "Never Tear Us Apart," and for the first time, Cron wondered if he had some performing artist left in him after all.
It would be easy to try to jump back into performing, but what for? At what cost? This time around, Cron would use the lessons he'd learned not just to set boundaries, but to inspire whatever audiences he'd encounter.
"My purpose is to represent Christ by being completely who He made me to be," Cron says. "My mission is to be a voice for a demographic that Christian music doesn't always reach very well: young men in their 20s and 30s. I want to champion Christ and be super honest about the struggles and hurdles of being a man."
Since The Voice, Cron has released a number of singles: "Never Tear Us Apart", "Atlas", "Christmas I'm Not Ready" and "In It To Win It."
Like pages from a poetic diary, the singles reflect themes such as identity, love, failure and redemption.
Propelled by Cron's excellent production, hauntingly vulnerable yet powerful vocals and symbolic prose, Cron is poised to catch a lot of music fans off-guard with his refreshing songs.
The journey of the last few years has been surprising, to say the least, for Cron, and he doesn't expect the surprises will stop. What's next? What's on the horizon? Whatever it is, Cron's purpose, unwavering dedication to his family, and focus on representing Christ make this next era one like he's never experienced before.