First love.


From the first sounds he made with his father’s soprano bugle at age 3 to an audience of millions on network television, to the airwaves of mainstream, college, and internet radio, and beyond, the career of singer/songwriter Chris “Breeze” Barczynski has been nothing short of astounding. He honed his craft as a singer and frontman of blues bands The Rumblers, One Way Out, and Righteous, and regionally touring Allentown, PA-based rock bands, The Honey Buzzards, and Sweet Brother Rush, and as a solo artist throughout the ’90s, traveling hundreds of thousands of miles in vans, buses, and RV’s, building a loyal fan base, and personally selling 20,000 independently produced CDs along the way. He opened for acts as diverse as Green Day, Collective Soul, Hootie and the Blowfish, Matchbox 20, Sugar Ray, Live, Fuel, Kansas, The Smithereens, The Badlees, Wanderlust, Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, Webb Wilder, Blue Oyster Cult, Todd Rundgren, Jewel, Edwin McCain, 38 Special, Warren Zevon, Shawn Mullins, and The Jerry Garcia Band among others. After relocating to New York City from his hometown of Bethlehem, Pa in January of 2001, he quickly found himself in the spotlight of network television as a featured guest on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, CBS’s Early Show, and the WB’s Daily Buzz, as an Adult Singer Semi-Finalist on CBS’s Star Search with Arsenio Hall, and as a cast member for two seasons of NBC’s The Singing Bee with Joey Fatone. His voice has earned the praises of music legends such as Michael McDonald, as well as Ashford and Simpson, who cast him as the male lead, “Rootie,” in the workshop of their Broadway-style musical, “Pipes.” His voice has been heard on Applebee’s and Canadian Club radio ads, on the Pokemon theme songs "Diamond and Pearl" and "Shadow of Darkrai", the hugely successful Kidzbop CDs, on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars" hosted by Jon Stewart where he entertained the live audience at The Beacon Theater in New York and sang backing vocals for Sting's live performance of Roxanne. When he co-founded Harlem-based independent rock band, Citizens Of Contrary Knowledge, in 2005, he solidified his status as a bona fide rock and roll singer. The band released two independent CDs to rave reviews and critical acclaim, was voted a Top 5 Best Independent Artist 2009 by Internet Radio Magazine, won the 2008 New Jersey Nets Battle of the Bands, and performed to a crowd of 16,000 at the NJ Meadowlands Izod Arena. The band licensed their music to Showtime Network’s hit series, “The Tudors,” to Nickelodeon’s “Drake and Josh” and “Zoey 101,” to College Sports TV, as well as to several films released by Alpha and Omega Films. Pre-pandemic, Chris was living in New York and recording and performing with powerhouse psychedelic rock band Shepard the Breeze who were quickly catching the ears of rock and roll royalty. The band died on the vine, but Chris is currently recording his solo album, and he is also planning to publish his first non-fiction book, both works entitled, “The Chronicles of the Music Man,” sharing with the world both his music and a collection of his short stories, essays, lyrics, and poetry chronicling his evolution as an artist and as a man. He plans to turn the book into a show with the same moniker which will feature the music he’s written along that very journey.