Chris Donley is more than just a singer/songwriter...he is the quite possibly the hardest working musician in Ohio...
When it comes to his solo acoustic shows, Chris allows the crowd to decide the outcome of the show by taking request after request, almost trying to get the crowd to stump him with his huge song list that he picks from. Choosing from album after album worth of original material and too many cover songs to list, Chris can cater his solo acoustic show to whatever event he may be representing, always shocking patrons with his wide range (vocally and musically) and getting smiles and positive responses.
Keeping an intense touring schedule has allowed Chris to write his own path. Playing anywhere from 150-250/year (minus 2020 because of Corona) for years keeps Chris busy entertaining crowds and spreading his talent throughout the midwest and throughout the states. Always working, always playing, always writing, Chris has wowed crowds and venues alike. With the positive attitude he shares with friends, fans, and clubs/venues, Chris always delivers whatever is needed for any occasion.
Chris is currently mixing his new solo album (out after the first of the year), working on new material with Critic City as well as promoting the new EP "Brand New War (released on Halloween) and a cover of "Jingle Bell Rock" (out on Monday, Dec. 14), as well as another secret pop group, and another project with LoveLag (first EP out on Sept. 19,2020, next out in March 2021).
Critic City (featuring former members of Via The Sun-Derek Hatfield, Brian Hanculak, and Steve Simbeck) join Chris and friend Andrew Lenthe on bass to release the first EP of many, "Four Chambers or Six"on Itunes, CDBABY, Spotify and everywhere on the web. The band has currently shot numerous videos and are ramping up for their busy upcoming year! Check out
The band also released singles for "Shoulders" (featuring a cover of Ariana Grande's "Into You" and acoustic versions of both songs) and "Cliff Diver" (featuring a cover of Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" which the band did a shot-for-shot video of)...AND...
Another EP entitled "In the silence there's a sound featuring "Quid Pro Quo", "Honor Amongst Thieves", and "Let Go"...The band is currently working on EVEN more music to release in 2020.
Chris also hopes to continue building his Youtube following (his solo channel and Critic City's) by filming a ton of songs.
Chris decided that he would take a break from Pop Rocks Cleveland and focus mostly on his solo shows/recordings as well as moving forward with some of his favorite musicians that he's played with for years. Members of Via The Sun have decided to move forward with a brand new band and a mass of new material...The new band is called Critic City and there are many plans for the upcoming year!
Donley has also been a member of Salvation Syndicate since formation a few years ago. The debut album from the band saw the light of day in early 2018 as well.
Chris has just released "Her Eyes On", the new solo album that he recorded at Creekside Audio with Wes McCraw (McCraw was at the helm for "First Person Point of View" and "Sunshine"). The new album is a mix of different styles of pop/acoustic/and rock even featuring a cover of Howard Jones' "No one is to blame" and vocal guest appearances from Dallas Riffle (who also designed the new album artwork) and Scott Paris (who plays with Chris in French Donkey).
Chris also saw the release of his acoustic/pop duo named French Donkey wit "Make Gold" that he did with Scott Paris in early 2017. Going against everything that everyone in the "industry" suggested, the pair decided they would put out as many songs as they could (actually, as many as they could fit on a cd) so they wrote and recorded 25 songs in the last year (only 21 will fit on the album but bootlegs and b-sides will be available as well). The pair had so much fun and the songs came so easily, they almost can't wait to write and record the next record (which plans have already been made to start working on a new record in the fall). Having been friends for years, the pair decided it was time to do another French Donkey album as 10 whole years have passed since the first album!
Chris also released 5 albums worth of unreleased Sindust material that has never been heard. Everything from demos to b-sides to live tracks, old-school Sindust fans should enjoy all of it.
Chris released "1889" that he recorded at InDigital Studios with producer Steve Simbeck and followed that with a successful solo tour of the United States. 35 dates in 40 days as far south as Chattanooga, TN all the way out to Los Angeles and San Diego, California and back.
The album has a mixture of mellow acoustic songs, pop songs, and rock songs, "1889" will make fans of all pop/rock genres love the album.
With so much talent and drive, Chris feels he never spreads himself too thin with the various projects he is associated with but instead makes sure that all of the projects produce nothing but the best.
Chris Donley Discography
First Person Point of View-(2007)
Her Eyes On-(2017)
With one of his rock projects, Via the Sun, Chris has taken a step back and has become the sole frontman of the band...something he's never been able to do before as he's always had a a six string or a bass tied to him. Joined by guitarist/phenom/producer/simbot Steve Simbeck (Who also produced Chris' solo album "1889" and all of the Via The Sun albums), Mark Gordon (also a member of Sindust, Salvation Syndicate, and Pop Rocks Cleveland with Chris) on bass, Derek Hatfield on guitar, and Brian Hanculak on drums, Via The Sun continues to push the boundaries with endless catchy hard rock songs and exciting live shows. Via the Sun's first full length album was a massive success as the song "Cliff Diver" won "Best song" in Cleveland Scene Magazine in 2012. The band has already garnered a very large fan base and opened for countless national acts such as Buckcherry, Taproot, Saving Abel, Alien Ant Farm, 10 years, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and more!
Via The Sun Discography:
Via The Sun-Rituals for Kings DVD
Via The Sun-Live on Crooked River Groove DVD
Check that band out at (songs and videos)
on youtube, itunes, and cdbaby.com.
Also the lead singer/guitarist for the Cleveland based rock band Sindust, Chris has been able to take a break from that band to focus on Critic City and his solo career.
Sindust Discography (Official Releases):
Kiss of the Napalm-(1999)
Live Hot Sex!-(2000)
Sucking the Inspiration-(2001)
Back from the back-(2006)
...Not Trust Mirrors-(2008)
Live in Erie-(2017)
Use Your Chinese Illusion Vol. 1-(2017)
Use Your Chinese Illusion Vol. 2-(2017)
Sindust Live in Erie DVD
French Donkey discography:
French Donkey (self-titled)-(2006)
Bonus Gold-2017)(Limited Release)
Make Gold Live-DVD (2018)
Various other releases:
Salvation Syndicate-Cold Open (2018)
American Rockstar-Along the way (2010)
Northern Lights-The Secrets Down Below (Chris played drums and bass) (2000)
Stateside-5 Sessions (2010)
2nd Place-These Long Years (2010)
Pop Rocks-Live in Erie DVD (2008)
"Brace Yourself" (Backup vocals)-American Rockstar
The Best of Scott Paris
Scott Paris-Songs I stole from my friends (Scott covered "Dandelion"
Scott Paris-Collisions (Chris played bass and sang backup on...)
"Frealize"-By Curt Rochon (Co-writer and performed music)