American singer Chris Garneau may not be widely popular or famous back home or internationally, but his presence in China is steadily growing after winning over 4,000 five-star ratings on a popular Chinese website devoted to music and the arts.
The singer, songwriter and pianist from New York will have his first mainland tour this June, which includes a stop in Shanghai. The 26-year-old has been hailed on Douban.com for his debut album even though it has yet to be released in China.
"I have never been to Asia at all, so this will be my first time," Garneau told China Daily's Shanghai Star Weekend. "To know that people so far away are listening and bringing me to their side of the world to play these songs is really an incredible feeling."
He said the theme of his album comes from the title, "Music for Tourists", which is meant to relay a feeling of forever being in motion.
"I feel that moving while listening to music can be important," he said. "I feel I am always moving. Even when I am just sitting in my home I can usually feel the earth spinning. This is a good way to listen to music."