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12/8/2013 6:02:00 AM
Singer overcomes stage fright, takes a shot at 'The Voice'
Kingman singer and performer Chris Commisso has come a long way from hiding in his room in fear of performing in public to getting his name out today locally and nationally. Commisso is one of six semi-finalists on American Idol emcee Ryan Seacrest’s website. (Courtesy)
Kingman singer and performer Chris Commisso has come a long way from hiding in his room in fear of performing in public to getting his name out today locally and nationally. Commisso is one of six semi-finalists on American Idol emcee Ryan Seacrest’s website. (Courtesy)

KINGMAN - When musician Chris Commisso was 15, even the thought of performing in public made him ill.

Although it was a lifelong dream, Commisso couldn't stomach getting up in front of an audience to sing or to play the piano, keyboard, drums or guitar. As the problem intensified, he sought out a doctor and was diagnosed with social phobia, severe social anxiety and agoraphobia, or the fear of having a panic attack in front of other people. The combination of disorders was debilitating.

"I would go into a store and have these panic attacks there," said Commisso. "They got worse and I started opting out of any performances and never coming out of my room. It was difficult because I wanted to sing more than anything and yet I was having a problem being out with people. Everything was magnified by 100 percent and I literally felt like I wanted to die."

Fast-forward to today, where Commisso regularly performs for audiences throughout the area and is now reaching beyond it. He will be giving a free Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave. And recently, Commisso sent in a video submission for The Voice, a vocal competition show now in its fifth season on NBC. The show features four stages of competition and the grand prize winner receives a recording contract.

Commisso also has been chosen by fans on the website hosted by American Idol emcee Ryan Seacrest as one of six semi-finalists for their rendition of Katy Perry's song entitled "Roar." The final winner will be chosen by fan votes, and the voting runs through Monday. Commisso currently is in fourth place. His video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSfZsyg1VqA and votes in his favor can be placed at Seacrest's website, www.ryanseacrest.com/2013/12/03/semi-finals-vote-for-your-favorite-cover-of-katy-perrys-roar/

"I'm up against contestants from The Voice and American Idol," said Commisso. "The big artists. I'm the only one who is a small fish in a big pond. So I thought I would let people in Kingman know so they can vote for their hometown boy. I'm really excited about it, but I'm staying on track with my mission of sharing my music. If I worried about winning these contests, I'd be an emotional wreck because I lose them all the time. Once you start looking at your stats, the game is over."

Commisso also has branched out into music production, and has taken on a singing group from North Dakota called "Tigirlily," producing their Christmas song, "Holiday Honey," for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment. And since 2008, Commisso has been building his own YouTube channel, called ThePianoShack, featuring his music videos at www.youtube.com/user/ThePianoShack.

In other words, Commisso is not afraid to step out into the limelight - and even have a panic attack in front of people he doesn't know - anymore. Thanks to Anthony Robbins life coaching sessions, where Commisso learned to take control of self-defeating thoughts and focus on others instead of worrying about himself, the singer has found a new lease on life. He's even able to share his struggles and help others deal with similar problems in their own lives.

"I tell them you don't have to be stuck with who you are right now," said Commisso. "The real you is being clouded by what people think of you. There's a freedom in saying it's OK to make mistakes in front of others. Most people today are hiding a plethora of problems, especially those in the entertainment field. What I've found is that you have to stand up in front of your audience, give them your best self and your gift of music, and let them be them."

ICT - Dr. Mohtaseb
Related Links:
• YouTube video of Katy Perry's 'Roar' cover
• Voting site for contestants


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: Jess Hawkins

Good luck Chris! I voted for you and wish you the best!

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: Patty O'B

Voting for you praying for you!

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Jan Reed

Good luck Chris! I have been listening to your music for years!

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Diana Bell

@KDM online reader Chris Commisso and Christopher C are one in the same. However, as Christopher C he did more Christian music and now as Chis Commisso he does some more "secular" music. I like them both, but prefer his Christian music.

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Andie Carlson

Yes Chris Commiso and Christopher C are the same person! This is way exciting. I remember going to your Concerts at Abundant Life. Good Luck!

Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Article comment by: Roy Hayes

I'm new to your fan club, you got what it takes.
Good Luck


Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Article comment by: Kelly Moore

I have been voting for you everyday. Good Luck! You are super talented and I am honored to call you my friend.

Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Article comment by: Jeannie Montez

Chris I am so excited for you. I will be praying for you. Hope to see you on The Voice.

Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Article comment by: Stacie Pierce

You go Chris!!!! I remember growing up on your music!!! I have been to many of your concerts. You have an amazing gift!!!!

Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Article comment by: Melissa White

Good luck Chris so proud of you! You are a true inspiration to all!

Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013
Article comment by: Debra Sixta

Chris-so many of us have NEVER doubted your talent! And your great big HEART for people is just as amazing!-you will ALWAYS be our hometown star-even as you shoot across this great American sky-We have always believed in your greatness...rock on brudda'...

Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Congratulations Chris! And good luck.

Your Mother would be so proud of you. Your Mom and Dad and other siblings were next door neighbors long ago and they were all so talented. And, your Mother taught me the correct way to make home made pizza after she discovered how I was making it.

Exceptional that you overcame agoraphobia. Your Mom would be very proud of that also.

Many good wishes coming your way and I'm headed for the websites now.


Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013
Article comment by: Sherry Gross

Great video and song. Can't wait to hear you at your concert at St. Johns! Good luck with the contest.

Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Article comment by: KDM online reader

Did Chris Commisso used to be known as "Christopher C", or are they two different people?

Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Article comment by: Teresa Wegscheid

I'm so glad to hear this! I wondered when you were going to do it.

You'll do great!


Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Article comment by: Nay Mama

Good Luck! We know you can do whatever you set out to do. And if you didn't know, celebrity singers have stage fright, my favorite is Meatloaf, a few years back he did a dual with American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee . He said after he performed he didn't remember being on stage and the first thing he did was when he went of stage was to throw up.

Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Article comment by: Becky Hastings Jordan

Chris you are a great inspiration! Your songs are amazing and so is your soul:) you've got this:) all your hard work is
Paying off:) I'm thankful for all the memories :) your more than a musician, your smart, funny, always have a kind word, and most of all a heart of gold!


Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Article comment by: M B

Good luck. I voted. Sharing on facebook. Love the Voice hope to see you on there next season.



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