Nashville’s Chris Jobe drops ‘Cry’, a musing on societal expectations and gender roles. The pop songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist is going from strength to strength with his uniquely effervescent alt-pop sound. His music is full of warm synths, analog textures and punchy melodies; a style that is clearly resonating with fans who have shown their love on both Spotify and Facebook, where the music video for ‘Thank You Internet’ broke a million plays.
“At times, I feel so bogged down with noise from social comparisons, stereotypes, and the weird gender roles that come with them, it can be really hard to feel like myself or even feel at all. The day I wrote ‘Cry’ with my friend Anna, all I wanted to do was actually cry and feel that release, but I couldn’t, so we did the next best thing and wrote a song about it. Behind the scenes, I’ve had my fair share of fights with anxiety and depression since I was 18. I hold back tears and show little emotion in these battles. To me, crying seems like defeat, and the way that society views crying doesn’t help that feeling. I always think, ‘I’m supposed to be happy.’ So, with the help of my friend Anna Graceman, I wrote and produced a song that had the emotions I wanted to feel so bad, but wouldn’t let myself have.” – Chris Jobe