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Ronald plays Maple Ridge Songstage today

Singer-songwriter Chris Ronald will be performing the Songstage at the ACT in Maple Ridge again today, 7-9 p.m.

Spurred on by encouragement from fans and an innate belief that his songs are destined for a wider audience, Ronald released his sophomore album Turning Tides last year.

In the album, Ronald manages to tackle some darker subjects with songs like Please don’t come for me now and Sweatshop blues that, with his smooth voice and musical ease, get gentle and memorable treatments that keep you coming back.

Though this is only a second release, Ronald has been singing and writing songs for 25 years and is now working to further his musical career while being kept busy with teaching and family life.

His latest album was self-produced while Ronald was spending time as a stay-at-home dad, giving credence to lyrics that are deeply in touch with the common realities of life.

With the release of Turning Tides, Ronald is more actively pursuing his musical ambitions, booking and playing shows throughout B.C. and England on tours exploring this musical destiny that has been spurring him on.

“The first thing people notice about this music is the effortlessly beautiful voice, it’s like an auditory massage. Even if you’re not paying attention, you cannot escape being relaxed by his gentle sound,” said Nick Lagasse, Host of Wandering Rhythms, CJSF 90.1 FM.

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