KINGMAN Local singer/songwriter Chris Commisso will be performing in a solo concert for the release of his new CD "Fellow Traveler" at the First Assembly of God at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Commisso, born in Kingman, began his solo career five years ago. He has since performed in a number of states, including Tennessee, Texas, Alaska, California and Nevada, among others.
Commisso began "Fellow Traveler" in August 2004 and just completed writing, singing and producing the album in July.
"I was primarily inspired by the Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' CD and the Beatles' 'Rubber Soul,' where the songs are intertwined together in sections Š almost like acts in a play," Commisso said. "I wanted to design a collection of musings that aimed beyond a handful of radio singles and took the listener on a beautiful journey."
He compares the CD's songs to a baring of his soul. "For me, writing a song is like spilling my heart onto the pages of a diary and then letting the whole world read it. All of my innermost thoughts, fears and desires lying naked on the page is a very uncomfortable experience. But when someone comes along, reads my words and relates to them, suddenly the experience is no longer uncomfortable, but simply amazing! 'Fellow Traveler' is the most deeply personal record I've ever written."
In 2002, Commisso won the International Overall Song of 2002 award. He then was the first-place winner in the Great American song contest in 2004.
Commisso's songs can be previewed on his Web site at www.chriscommisso.com and also at www.cdbaby.com.