January 26, 2017
Tulsa, Okla. — Boston-born and Nashville-based performer Chris “Oz” Ferrara is set to release his new single, “No Mercy,” to radio and on digital sales portals this spring. The country radio impact date is March 20, 2017, and Oz plans to hit the road on a radio promo tour beginning in February to promote the song. “No Mercy” will be available from MB15Management in conjunction with Rock Ridge Music and NineNorth Records on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other digital outlets on March 17, 2017.
Oz, whose nickname comes from the multi-talented character in the movie “American Pie,” is what some close to him have called a modern-day Elvis: while those are massive shoes to fill, it's not a comparison of talent, but a warm acknowledgment in that he’s a singer, songwriter, entertainer, musician, dancer, front man, actor, and well-mannered gentleman. He draws his influences from country, gospel, Motown, soul, and rock. “No Mercy,” which comes from his forthcoming debut EP, “Something To Prove,” is just one of the songs on the record that is a perfect blend of Oz’s most significant musical influences.
Immersing himself in the music scene – first in Boston and then in Nashville – and playing more than 1,000 shows in four years on the road with Joe Bachman, Ferrara has toured nationally and internationally, sharing stages with acts including Mick Fleetwood, Lee Brice, Train, Edwin McCain, Sister Hazel, and Florida Georgia Line, and racking up over 200,000 road miles.
Hailing from a small town just outside of Boston, Ferrara's life actually began on stage when his mother went into labor while performing in the Sunday choir. It's as if he heard the joyful noise and needed to be a part of it. As a kid, Oz was drawn to the sounds of Motown, soul, and gospel – big music with harmonies and infectious rhythm – but around the house, he enjoyed the music of his parents. Mom listened to Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and Shania Twain, and dad jammed on The Doobie Brothers and Bruce Springsteen. Often, Ferrara would escape to the attic where he would listen to his mother's Beach Boys, Carpenters, and Eagles records. In his teenage years, he explored rock, hip-hop and electronic music, and as an adult, he found a very comfortable place among country music. That journey through music has allowed Ferrara to truly define who he wants to be as an artist, and his forthcoming debut EP, “Something To Prove,” is a perfect mix of all of them, with no tracks and no samples.
Armed with passion and a guitar, Oz tours regularly with his supporting band, “The Common Good,” and the name is a direct reflection of his mission. "I want my music and my shows to make people happy. I just want to do good things with my music. I want to change the world for the common good.” He also has a non-profit, as well as a clothing and merchandise line, that share the name IV The Common Good that support this mission as well. Always charitable at heart, Oz loves to do flash charity drives at his concerts, and he plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of “No Mercy” to a charity; proceeds from the first week of sales of his most recent single, “Social,” benefitted the Leary Firefighters Foundation.
“This is who I am,” Oz says. “The creation of this music was magical, mind-blowing, inspiring, and exciting. I spent many years working and learning about who I want to be as an artist. I’m very proud and very happy about this culmination of so much hard work.”
For tour dates and additional information, visit Ferrara’s website at http:www.iamchrisferrara.com