Album cover for Chris Wilhelm's "This Too Shall Pass"

Asheville singer/songwriter Chris Wilhelm has just released his breakthrough seventh album, “This Too Shall Pass,” on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube.  The release followed an enthusiastically received live debut at Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC in late August.

In "This Too Shall Pass," Chris utilizes complex harmonies and heartfelt lyrics to take his listeners through the vast range of emotions we so often experience while grappling with a difficult situation—whether a worldwide pandemic, a broken romance, a history of trauma, or one of the other perplexing, anguished varieties of human experience. 

In this new album, Chris performs 12 new songs in which he delves more fully than ever before into the painful depths and joyful heights of the difficult but necessary journey from harm to healing  to happiness. Throughout, Chris and the album’s top-notch backup band—Joshua Maddox on drums; album co-producer Chris Rosser on keyboard, acoustic + electric guitar; Zack Page on standup bass; Matt Smith on pedal steel guitar; and Asher Leigh and Debrissa McKinney on back-up vocals—finally achieve the sound that Chris had long heard in his head and felt in his heart. 

“I’ve learned a lot about myself the past few years,” Chris explains, “and that awareness has really helped me to take my time with every step of the writing, recording, mixing, and mastering. What a joy to have created an album that matches the sound I’ve wanted to share with my audiences for so long!” 

“It’s also about sharing more of the emotional journey, too,” he added. “For a long time,” he continued, “my music has been my salvation, because I experienced some pretty tough things in my childhood that I did my best to block out for years. But if we don’t face the upsets lurking inside us, we can’t heal. So this album is about letting ourselves feel the anguish, like in “Dirty Old River” and “I’m Not the Only One,” but it’s also about the comfort that comes from knowing we aren’t alone—“This Thing Called Life” and “Long Live Your Tomorrows”—and that there are other people who will love us no matter what, like in “Don’t Worry Darling.” And then there are songs which address the pandemic with a sense of hope– “This Too Shall Pass” and “I’m Still Praying For a Miracle."

Chris has been writing songs since he was 14 years old, and in the interim he has produced six other albums, including two with producer Henry Hirsch. He also has toured extensively and been the opening act for The Dropkick Murphys, Pearl and the Beard, David LaMotte, Takenobu, and Austin Miller.  

I wrote this song when I was fronting The Wilhelm Brothers, and it's a song that is a mainstay in our current band's live shows.

 

This is a video we made in 2010 to help Polar Bears International, with images by our friend Sylvia Zarco/Owed to Nature.

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