Listen to the new single!

Throw your hands up -"Yonder" is Out!

The second single off the upcoming "Better Days" EP

Yonder is a journey towards hope. It started with one line, “Down in the valley, way down in the valley!” It came out, at the top of my lungs, driving around my city, trying to get my head around a global pandemic. Yonder is about hope. Hope isn’t just naive belief. It is walking towards something better. Lifting our eyes up to a promise and moving towards it, regardless of the battle. 

Recording Yonder was another inspiring collaboration with Mr. Max Butler (Chuck Prophet, Fret Not) on all things with strings and Thomas DeBourbon (Small Crush) on drums and percussion. We added Max’s son Nat on bass to round out our rhythm section and got our backline in a few takes at EBR’s Oakland nest. The astounding Jennifer Jolly (Zulu Spear) added the appropriate New Orleans swing and grind on piano and Hammond.

San Francisco Bay Area-based Singer/Songwriter Chris McCooey is a product of the Bay Area: Born and raised, he has haunted SF, Oakland and Berkeley and they have left their mark on Chris’ writing, playing and his voice as an artist. Raised on grooves, heart, twang, soul, gospel and rock and roll, McCooey’s unique brand of musical storytelling contains collages, vignettes that recollect and muse about what he has seen, how he has felt and who he has known in these parts of this big world.  

Drawing upon his roots, McCooey’s music mixes elements of anthemic heartland rock, country ballads and rhythm and blues-influenced pop. On the lyrical side of things, he deftly explores universal themes and narratives of hope, love, loss, long suffering, aspiration and self-determination. To fully capture his singular vision and unique take on the California sound – something less surf boards and Beach Boys and more of a modern and rootsy style giving nod to 70s-era Golden State singer-songwriters (ala Jackson Browne and Eagles) – McCooey’s original songs are brought to life with a 5-piece band of music industry veterans.  

While forming the full band, McCooey reached out to Oakland based multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, music director and local pal Max Butler (Chuck Prophet). Building out McCooey’s adept, seemingly-effortless songwriting prowess, heartfelt guitar work and innately-superb rock vocal croon (exhibiting a near-perfect balance of radio-friendly smoothness and gritty emotional intensity), Butler weaves in his live rock performance immediacy; His years of experience playing live to various audiences around the world act as guide. Joining Chris and Max to round out the sonic landscape as a core band member, SF Bay Area musician, drummer/multi-instrumentalist Thomas deBourbon (Small Crush) brings a youthful energy and edge. 

“I am fortunate to have breath in my lungs and all the blessings I can count and am painfully aware of so many who are less fortunate, McCooey reflects upon his main purpose(s) in life, and in his music. “I hope my time this side of eternity counts for something and I can leave something behind that matters or means something to someone. This music is one channel on that radio. So welcome aboard.” 

Look Up. Live Loud. Love Louder!