With more than 6.5 million YouTube views under his belt so far, starting with last year’s viral cover of Wiz Khalifa’s “Black & Yellow” (1.9 million views and counting) and over 300,000 downloads of his mixtape Echo Boom, 19-year old Cris Cab officially joins the artist roster of Mercury Records, with this week’s release of his debut single“Good Girls (Don’t Grow On Trees)” Featuring Big Sean.
“Good Girls (Don’t Grow On Trees)” Featuring Big Sean, produced by Wyclef Jean and co-written by Pharrell Williams, both mentors of Cris Cab, premiered Complex.com recently (CLICK HERE) . On July 12th, Cris will headline a New York City show at Santos Party House. “Good Girls (Don’t Grow On Trees)” Featuring Big Sean is the prelude to Cris’ upcoming debut album on Mercury Records.
2011 witnessed a spate of videos from Cris Cab exploding across YouTube, including his cover of Wiz Khalifa’s “Black & Yellow” in February, a cover of Kanye West’s “All Of The Lights” in March, the original version of “Good Girls” in April, and a cover of Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” in September. (Please see YouTube links listed below.)
In January 2012, Cris released his debut mixtape Echo Boom, featuring collaborations with Wyclef, Pharrell, Movado,Melanie Fiona, and Marc Roberge of O.A.R. At a Miami club date celebrating the release of Echo Boom, Cris was joined onstage by Wyclef for a live version of one of the mixtape’s tracks, “Rihanna’s Gun.” The resulting YouTube live video of “Rihanna’s Gun” has drawn 690,000 views to date. Cris Cab’s videos have also been seen on Artistdirect.com, Billboard.com,Cambio.com, Complex.com, EW.com, Fader.com, Perezhilton.com, and USMagazine.com.
Prior to Echo Boom, Cris released his Forward EP in June 2011, and completed a hugely successful 13-city tour in support. At this early stage of his career, his tour-mates have included T-Pain, Gym Glass Heroes, O.A.R., and Matisyahu, among others. Major dates in 2012 include the SXSW (South By Southwest) Music Conference in Austin, Texas, and the Bamboozle Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
The son of first generation Cuban immigrants, Cris Cab is a natural-born singer who picked up the guitar at age 11, and began writing and recording his own songs on a 4-track machine he acquired at age 14. Influenced by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Buju Banton, Sting, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder (to name a few), Cris was “discovered” four years ago by Pharrell, now one of his biggest boosters. “I knew from the moment he grabbed his guitar and sang that first note,” Pharrell recalls, “that with the proper nurturing, that kid had it. He is merely warming up. This kid is just getting started.”
Cris Cab Featuring Big Sean
“Good Girls Don’t Grow On Trees” (Official Single Version)
“If You Only Had Today”
Cris Cab videos on YouTube (selected list):
“Good Girls Don’t Grow On Trees” (Original Video)
“Black & Yellow” (cover)
“All of the Lights” (cover):
“Pumped Up Kicks” (cover)
“Rihanna’s Gun” Featuring Mavado And Wyclef Jean