Chris Isaak
AMerican singer-songwriter
Chris Isaak
Christopher Joseph "Chris" Isaak is an American rock musician and occasional actor.
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Hear the Album That Made HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines Fall in Love All Over Again
Huffington Post - 5 months
Johnnyswim's Georgica Pond makes marriage sound wonderful - just ask TV's hottest couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines. "The album has been playing on repeat in our car since it came out in October," Chip says. The Gaineses' HGTV show, Fixer Upper, made ceramic farm sinks and "shiplap" paneling en vogue. Now they're promoting their favorite duo Johnnyswim as headliners at "Silobration" (the annual fan festival held at their company headquarters in Waco, Texas). Joanna says she and Chip can't get enough of the singers' new album. "Johnnyswim's music speaks to us on so many different levels," she says. "We fall in love all over again while listening to Georgica Pond." [Click here to listen to Georgica Pond on Spotify.] The second full-length release from Johnnyswim captures the days and nights of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez, two songwriters married to music (and each other). Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville with collaborators such as Vince Gill ("Lonely Nig ...
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First Listen: Chris Isaak, 'First Comes The Night'
NPR - over 1 year
The 59-year-old's tenor has grown rawer, lending his inquiries into heartbreak an air of menace. He can still sing like a dream, but Isaak's gotten better at capturing nightmares, too.
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Todd Rundgren: I Saw the Light
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
"Hello, it's me." Todd Rundgren can never escape that greeting and song title. Nor would he want to, I imagine. It's a signature song for him, one that was transcendent for American radio. Between that 1973 "Midnight Special" performance and the show I covered a few months back at BB King's NYC, Rundgren has traveled a long, winding road well and with grace. His bands, Nazz and Utopia with his eponymous, "Todd Rundgren" band and solo career displayed his talents as a musician but were in my opinion overshadowed by his strong artistic ability as a producer of other musicians' records. Rundgren worked with Robbie Robertson and The Band (spending a lot of time in Woodstock), Janis Joplin (on what would be taken over by another producer ultimately, to become the album "Pearl"), Jesse Winchester, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, New York Dolls, The New Cars, Hall & Oates, Badfinger, Sparks, Rick Derringer, Grand Funk Railroad, James Cotton Blues Band, Patti Smith Group ...
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Chris Isaak to Perform at Civic Arts Plaza
Calabasas Patch - over 3 years
His performance at the Thousand Oaks Civic Plaza will feature songs from his newest album as well as some holiday favorites.
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Calabasas Patch article
All-Star Cast Gets Sleazy In Awesome Look At 'The Counselor'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" may signal the birth of a hybrid genre: The Oscar contender that also doubles as the best late-night cable movie of all time. Written by Cormac McCarthy, "The Counselor" focuses on a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who gets in over his head after a drug deal gone wrong. Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz all co-star as ne'er-do-wells and scenery chewers. Penelope Cruz is on hand to lend an air of innocence. The new full-length trailer for "The Counselor" is bad in all the best ways. Chris Isaak should sing about this trailer. "The Counselor" is out in theaters on Oct. 25.
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Dusty Wright: Death of the Album -- Singles Going Steady! -- Pt. 2
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In a previous article earlier this month, I suggested that we are in the era where singles -- once again -- roam the earth. With too many media choices and digital distractions -- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, emails, blogs, games, time-shifted content, et al. -- vying for our attention, there is too little to time left in our busy schedules to actually "listen" to an album in its entirety. When we do find the time, most of us reach for the music we know and love. As the summer weeks unfolded I tried, I really tried, to find an entire album worthy of inclusion in my permanent collection. The debut from The Wild Feathers out of Nashville is on the cusp and catching them live left a very strong impression. However, this month I recommend the following new "singles"... "You Are In Love" - Shannon Whitworth: High Tide (EF Records) Damn, playing a Gibson SG never looked or sounded so sexy! Before the press folks dropped her new album on me, I didn't know of this compel ...
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Helena Christensen, Poses Nude, Looks Amazing at Age 44
US Magazine - over 3 years
Middle age has never looked so good! Helena Christensen -- she of the startlingly blue eyes, dark hair, and rockin' body --  is 44, but the Danish stunner is still an 11 when it comes to her appearance. The former Victoria's Secret model poses in the new issue of FutureClaw, and whether she's in revealing lingerie or in her birthday suit, one thing's for sure: She has some unbelievable genes. PHOTOS: Supermodels -- then and now The photo spread feels incredibly intimate. Not only did the photographer shoot the images in the model's NYC home, which is decorated in a downtown-bohemian style, but Christensen herself did the styling -- meaning she picked out the sheer negligee, she chose the fuschia granny panties and too-tight bolero, she paired the strapless black bra with nothing but a swan figurine, and she opted to go completely nude. (In one shot, she poses naked on a chair in front of her shoe collection.) "There are some of my favorite items in there, yeah. It was inter ...
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PHOTOS: Helena Christensen's Topless Cover Is... Strange
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Helena Christensen frolicking topless on the beach with Chris Isaak in his "Wicked Game" music video was one of the most defining pop culture moments of the early '90s. So you'd think repeating that formula (Helena + beach - bikini top) would equal success, right? Not quite. Elle Spain attempted to recreate the magic, casting the 44-year-old stunner for its latest cover. While Helena still looks drop dead gorgeous in a swimsuit, something about the camera angles and the coloring didn't sit too well with us. Besides, doesn't it look like the model's legs are growing out of her bottom in the main cover shot? Not a good look. Of course, the Vogue cover girl knows how to rock beachwear, whether she's vacationing in Italy or posing in glossies, so we're going to chalk up the awkwardness on Elle to poor art direction. Plus, who are we to criticize the woman who laughs off the idea of being "bikini-ready"? Check out the covers in question below -- and scroll down to watch H ...
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Helena Christensen Defends Pregnant Kim Kardashian in Open Letter, Calls Criticism of Her Weight "Despicable"
US Magazine - almost 4 years
As a supermodel and former Victoria's Secret Angel, Helena Christensen is used to people talking about her body. But that doesn't mean she likes it. In fact, she's more sensitive to other women's body-image struggles because of it. The public shaming of one woman, in particular -- reality star and mom-to-be Kim Kardashian -- has the 44-year-old Danish beauty all riled up. PHOTOS: Kim's body evolution In an open letter posted on Huffington Post, Christensen defends Kardashian against criticism of her weight and slams the recent bullying over her changing body as "sacrilegious." (As reported in the April 1 issue of Us Weekly, the five-months-pregnant 32-year-old has been compared to Shamu and called "huge" and "fat.") "It is disgusting and despicable the way that certain media constantly harass the pregnant Kim Kardashian," Christensen writes. "It's enough that they persistently project a negative focus on women's physical shapes; but a public bullying and attacking of a pregnan ...
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PHOTOS: Our Exclusive Interview With Barry Zito On The World Series Win
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
In 2006, pitcher Barry Zito was on top of the world. After seven seasons with the Oakland Athletics, the Cy Young Award-winner and three-time All Star had just signed the most expensive contract for a pitcher in history with the San Francisco Giants. A true California native son (his hobbies include photography, yoga and guitar and drums), Zito was a fan-favorite in the Bay Area, and his hunky good looks made him equally enticing to advertisers. But in 2007, everything changed. Zito struggled with the Giants, failing to produce a winning season in five years, and making some question the team's investment. Until now. In 2012, seemingly out of nowhere, Zito turned the tables, throwing one of the best games of his career in his season start against the Colorado Rockies. And the streak didn't stop. When the postseason came around, manager Bruce Bochy rolled the dice, starting Zito in game five against the St. Louis Cardinals and in game one of the World Series against ...
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Music City Beat: Chris Isaak believes Schermerhorn will be a great fit
The Tennessean - over 4 years
Nashville's classical music epicenter will be the home of classic rock and roll on Sept. 11.
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The Thinking Artist: Bring it on!
Atlanta In Town - over 4 years
By Patrick Dennis I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… What do you do with a city without art?  This question has been posed to me by several ambitious community leaders in the new city of Sandy Springs.  Several years ago, this quietly generous group began formulating a plan to introduce accessible public to art in the city. They started with a philanthropic group called the Sandy Springs Society founded in 1989, long before the incorporation of the city. Art was bubbling just below the surface. Several members of the Society later formed Art Sandy Springs with a grant from the Society to install a sculpture exhibit at the Atlanta-Fulton County Library. Art came to life!  Art Sandy Springs (also known as ArtSS) formally incorporated as a non-profit in 2007 with the goal to “elevate the visual, performing, culinary and landscape arts and to enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors.” Now, that’s ambition by definition. ArtSS has since purchased or commissioned add ...
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San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Benefits V FoundationThe annual Wine Celebration features a cocktail reception, dinner program with football coach Lou Holtz, live music by Chris Isaak and live auction in support of cancer research. 4:45 p.m. Saturday. Hands Across the ValleyA cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, gourmet dinner and dance party with Pan Extasy raises funds for this organization which supports Napa Valley community food programs. 6 p.m. August 11. SF Opera GuildThe Marin Chapter hosts a Champagne Gala featuring a performance by the Adler Fellows in support the guild's music education programs for Marin County students. 2 p.m. August 12. INVITE OF THE WEEK Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired The Back to Tradition dinner and live auction features an on-field cocktail reception and viewing of the Menlo Charity Horse Show's Ryman Memorial Speed Jumper Class in support of this organization. 5 p.m. Aug. 10.
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
Music previews for the week of June 21-27. THURSDAY 6/21 JONATHAN COULTON, JOHN RODERICK (Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) See My, What a Busy Week! THE SKABBS (Jackpot Records, 203 SW 9th) Read our article on the Skabbs. RHETT MILLER AND THE SERIAL LADY KILLERS, THE SPRING STANDARDS (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Rhett Miller. CARLTON MELTON, GLITTER WIZARD, BISON BISON, WHITE MANNA (Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) If there is such a thing as a St. Johns sound, Bison Bison could be accused of embodying it. The trio evokes the North Peninsula with solid tracks of sludgy, crushing rock, rife with a sense of Northwest gothic—and one that is informed by a particularly potent fusion of hard rock elements with melodic, funky rhythms and riffs. On tracks that delve into minutes-long territory, Grant Miller delivers classically ripping guitar solos, interspersed with plaintive vocals that remind me of the fierce veneer ...
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12 Entertainment Books You Should Read This Summer
Business Insider - almost 5 years
Yes, Virginia, there is something other than "Fifty Shades of Grey" to tote to the beach this summer. Here are 12 books about the entertainment industry worth loading onto your iPad, Nook or Kindle or actually carrying in paper version, from oral histories of MTV and NBC's must-see TV to biographies of Superman and "Super Bad" James Brown: "THE ONE: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF JAMES BROWN" By RJ Smith Smith never lets you forget that the reason he's writing this authoritative biography of Brown in the first place is because of the soul legend's musical genius, but he also doesn't downplay Brown's often scandalous life, which began in poverty and included being raised by an aunt who ran a bordello. Just as Brown reinvented himself again and again musically, so he did in his personal life, including earning and losing -- several times -- his fortune, and being estranged from most of his children, despite his own fractured family childhood. Also read: Notable Celebrity Deaths of 20 ...
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Chris Isaak Honored in New York
Female First - almost 5 years
Chris Isaak has been honored as the Artist of the Year by a New York radio station. The Wicked Game hitmaker was the toast of the WFUV Spring Gala on...
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'American Idol' California Dreamin' Night: What Should The Top Four Sing?
MTV News - almost 5 years
MTV News' 'Idol' experts share their choices for Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Hollie Cavanagh. By Gil Kaufman and James Montgomery Phillip Phillips, Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez on "American Idol" Photo: Michael Becker/ Fox For the most part, the themes on this season's "American Idol" have been pretty straightforward: Queen, Whitney Houston, Personal Idols, Songs From the Year You Were Born, Songs From the 1980s, More Songs About Buildings and Food (look it up). But when the final four take the stage Wednesday night (May 9), they'll be tasked with performing two songs in one of the most ambiguous, wide-open themes in the show's history: California Dreamin' (songs by Californians) and Songs I Wish I'd Written. Considering that the only singer left on the show who might reasonably write his own songs is Phillip Phillips (sample chorus: "Growwwwwl") and that Joshua Ledet has proven time and again that he has a thin-at-best gr ...
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Concerts in the Garden return this summer
Atlanta In Town - almost 5 years
The Atlanta Botanical Garden will host the 10th annual Concerts in the Garden series with eight acts performing on the Great Lawn this summer. The line up includes  k.d. lang, left, and Jane Siberry (June 1) , Vince Gill and Sarah Jarosz (June 22),  Neko Case and Kelly Hogan (July 20), Merle Haggard and Chris Janson (Aug. 10) , Keb Mo and Aaron Neville (Aug. 11), Mary Chapin Carpenter (Aug. 24), Chris Isaak (Sept. 7) and Indigo Girls (Sept. 14). Tickets are on sale now through Ticket Alternative and in person at the Garden’s ticket window. Outside food and beverage is now allowed, but you can pre-order complete picnic dinners from MetroFresh in the Garden. All shows are rain or shine, so bring your umbrella just in case. For more details, visit
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Isaak
  • 2016
    Age 59
    In 2016, he did the "First Comes the Night Tour."
    More Details Hide Details Isaak has appeared in numerous films, mostly playing cameo roles. He starred, however, with Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda in the 1993 Bernardo Bertolucci-directed Little Buddha, and played a major role in David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). Other motion pictures include Married to the Mob (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), That Thing You Do! (1996), A Dirty Shame (2004), and The Informers (2008). Isaak starred in The Chris Isaak Show (2001–2004) playing himself and featuring actual members of his band along with actors and celebrity guests. He guest-starred on the "The One After the Superbowl, Part One," the Super Bowl XXX edition of the television sitcom Friends; and on the HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, as astronaut Ed White, the first American astronaut to leave the confines of his spacecraft, who later died in the 1967 Apollo 1 fire.
  • 2015
    Age 58
    On 7 September 2015, it was announced that Isaak would be performing at the 2015 AFL Grand Final, along with English singer Ellie Goulding and Canadian musician Bryan Adams.
    More Details Hide Details Isaak revealed in a 2002 interview with Acoustic Guitar that he uses a one-of-a-kind Gibson: Isaak also plays a Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar, which he uses for songwriting.
    On 3 May 2015, Isaak was confirmed to be replacing Redfoo on the seventh season of The X Factor Australia.
    More Details Hide Details He joins James Blunt and returning judges Guy Sebastian and Dannii Minogue.
  • 2014
    Age 57
    In 2014, he voiced the character of "Enoch," the apparent ruler of the town of Pottsfield, in the second episode of Over the Garden Wall, "Hard Times at the Huskin' Bee."
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  • 2011
    Age 54
    On September 29, 2011, Isaak received the Stockton Arts Commission STAR Award in his hometown of Stockton, California.
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  • 2010
    Age 53
    In April 2010, Isaak was the special guest during Conan O'Brien's The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour performance at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco, California.
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  • 2009
    Age 52
    The Biography Channel aired The Chris Isaak Hour, a one-hour music interview and performance show in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The series premiere featured Trisha Yearwood, and included the first ever performance of "Breaking Apart," a duet from Isaak's new album, Mr. Lucky. Additional guests included Stevie Nicks, Smashing Pumpkins, Chicago, Glen Campbell, Michael Bublé, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), and Jewel.
    Isaak collaborated with John Shanks for his 2009 album Mr. Lucky.
    More Details Hide Details He contributed a cover of Buddy Holly's "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" for a tribute album, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, released in September 2011. Isaak released an album called Beyond the Sun, which was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee at the Sun Records studio.
  • 2006
    Age 49
    In 2006, he was guested by Johnny Hallyday to cover Fats Domino's hit Blueberry Hill.
    More Details Hide Details The duet was recorded and issued on Johnny Hallyday's live album La Cigale (2007, Warner Music). At the end of this record you can hear Isaak thanking the French Rock'n'Roll star as "The King."
  • 2002
    Age 45
    Isaak ceased working with Jacobsen on his 2002 album, Always Got Tonight.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007 Isaak opened for Stevie Nicks on her Crystal Visions Tour during the first leg of the tour.
  • 2001
    Age 44
    Isaak composed a theme song for U.S. late-night television variety/talk show, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. In 2001, Isaak starred in his own television show, The Chris Isaak Show.
    More Details Hide Details It aired from March 2001 to March 2004 in the United States on the cable television network Showtime. This adult comedy show featured Isaak and his band playing themselves and the episode plots were based on fictional accounts of the backstage world of Isaak—the rock star next door. In 2004, his track "Life Will Go On" was featured on Chasing Libertys soundtrack, which starred Mandy Moore and Matthew Goode. His track "Two Hearts" was featured in the closing credits of the 1993 film True Romance, directed by Tony Scott, written by Quentin Tarantino, and starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. Isaak's producer, Erik Jacobsen, was instrumental in his sound for 15 years. Jacobsen is known for his production work with The Lovin' Spoonful, and solo albums from Spoonful's John Sebastian and Jerry Yester.
  • 1995
    Age 38
    The song is on his 1995 Forever Blue album.
    More Details Hide Details The music video for the song is directed by Herb Ritts, it was shot in color and featured Isaak and French supermodel Laetitia Casta in a motel room. This was Isaak's second collaboration with Ritts.
    In 1995, Isaak split with longtime guitarist James Calvin Wilsey.
    More Details Hide Details That year's Forever Blue album and the accompanying tour featured Hershel Yatovitz on guitar. In an interview with Mark Needham, an engineer who worked with Isaak on "Wicked Game," Needham claimed that it took several years to put the track together. In 1999, Isaak's "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" was featured in Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut.
  • 1988
    Age 31
    Isaak's contract was renewed in 1988 when Warner Bros. moved him to their Reprise Records label. "Suspicion of Love" appears in the 1988 hit movie Married to the Mob starring Matthew Modine, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dean Stockwell.
    More Details Hide Details Isaak's best known song is "Wicked Game." Though released on the 1989 album Heart Shaped World, an instrumental version of the song was later featured in the 1990 David Lynch film Wild at Heart. Lee Chesnut, an Atlanta radio station music director who was obsessed with Lynch films, played the vocal version and it became the station's most-requested song. Chesnut spread the word to other radio stations and the single became a national Top 10 hit in February 1991. It also reached No. 10 in the UK Singles Chart. The music video for the song was directed by Herb Ritts and was a MTV and VH1 hit; shot in black and white, it featured Isaak and supermodel Helena Christensen in a sensual encounter on the beach, caressing each other and whispering erotically in each other's ears. Another less-seen version of "Wicked Game" is directed by David Lynch and comprises scenes from the film Wild at Heart. "Wicked Game" featured as the backing music in the 2001 TV advertisement for the Jaguar X-Type in the UK.
  • 1986
    Age 29
    Isaak's self-titled follow-up album was released in 1986, and managed to scrape into the Billboard Top 200.
    More Details Hide Details The album saw Isaak hone his style to sophisticated R&B. The artwork for Chris Isaak, was photographed by fashion photographer Bruce Weber.
  • 1985
    Age 28
    Isaak signed a contract to Warner Bros. Records, and released his first album in 1985, Silvertone.
    More Details Hide Details The name was taken from the band he formed after graduating college. The album's sound was raw and diverse, mingling country blues with conventional folk ballads. Although the album was a critical success, it failed to sell respectably. The track "Dancin" was the first music video that featured on MTV. Two other tracks from the album, "Gone Ridin'" and "Livin' for Your Lover," featured in David Lynch's cult classic Blue Velvet.
  • 1981
    Age 24
    He subsequently attended a local college, San Joaquin Delta Community College, before transferring to the University of the Pacific, graduating with a bachelor's degree in English and Communications Arts in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details He also was in an exchange program which allowed him to study in Japan. After graduating from college, Isaak put together his first band, Silvertone. This rockabilly outfit consisted of James Calvin Wilsey (guitar), Rowland Salley (bass) and Kenney Dale Johnson (drums), who remained with Isaak as his permanent backing band.
  • 1974
    Age 17
    He was class president all three years, culminating with his election as Student Body President in his senior year, along with being the 1974 graduating class valedictorian and head of the all-male cheer squad.
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    Isaak attended Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in north Stockton, graduating in 1974.
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  • 1956
    Born on June 26, 1956.
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