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Chris Leigh has been through love and loss and has used it all to his advantage. After his wife left him Chris picked up a guitar and Broken Hearted Friends was created.
“Three years ago my wife left me,” the Louisville, Kentucky-based artist says. “I sat there in an empty house wondering what to do with my life. I thought about all the things I should have done and picked up the guitar and started playing. These songs just came out.”
On his debut album, Chris has achieved a true emotion that country musicians aspire to create. On February 12, 2012 Chris released Broken Hearted Friends which came with well deserved praise including Chris being voted the Country Music Association Who New To Watch in 2013.
The song "If You Make It To Heaven" captures the complex pain that accompanies the loss of love. The music video that goes with the song is perfectly raw and really dipicts the tragedy that is losing someone you love.
"Losing your lover is never easy and some of my friends didn’t make it through those dark times," he says sadly.
The song’s video - directed by David Williamson and edited by Wayne Shepherd - is an arresting real life slice of recklessness and spiritual reawakening. It also might be the first country song ever shot in a Catholic church.
"I grew up a Catholic so it was a real honor that they allowed me to film in one of the oldest Catholic church's in the country," he says. "After the video, I got up in that church and told my story to the congregation and they applauded. The truth isn't a pretty picture, but it's the truth."