Vancouver singer-songwriter Chris Ronald performs at Crush Bistro on Thursday

Vancouver singer-songwriter Chris Ronald performs at Crush Bistro on Thursday

Musician makes footprints to Vernon performance

Vancouver singer-songwriter ChrisRonald brings his vocal and lyrical talent to Vernon’s Crush Bistro Thursday, Aug. 23.

Fresh from the U.K. leg of his Footprints Tour to raise money for Footprints Orphanage in Kenya, singer-songwriter Chris Ronald is in the Okanagan this week to play a number of intimate shows.

Ronald brings his vocal and lyrical talent to Vernon’s Crush Bistro Thursday.

Born in England, Ronald now lives in Vancouver with his wife and three young children.

His latest CD, Turning Tides, was released last year to rave reviews from music press such as The Georgia Straight, who picked up on Ronald’s “obvious talent, great songs, and glorious voice,” and likened him to artists such as Jackson Browne and Kenny Rankin.

Roots Music Report praised his “warm tenor voice, beautiful melodies, and lyrical charm.”

Tracks from the album have also been aired nationwide on CBC Radio.

Many songs both on and off the Turning Tides album are inspired by Ronald’s experiences in, and the beauty of his now home province.

He says his audiences enjoy hearing the stories behind the songs during his live shows.

Since the album’s release and the many shows that have followed, Ronald’s music career has taken off to the extent that he’s now in the process of transitioning from his day job as an elementary school teacher to pursuing music full-time.

Ronald’s tour through the B.C. Interior, which includes Crush Bistro, located on 30th Avenue, is by donation. The performance starts Thursday at 6 p.m. Call 250-549-4438 to make a reservation. Visit www.chrisronald.com for more info. on the artist.