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In 1999, doctors diagnosed Chris Barron with a vocal cord ailment that they said would leave him unable to sing — and maybe even speak — for the rest of his life. And in 2001 the remaining members of the Spin Doctors, Barron and drummer Aaron Comess, decided to take a hiatus from the tumultuous pop group to focus on side projects. So, it wasn't looking like fans of pop music would ever hear from Chris Barron again. Luckily, he had a miraculous recovery (after a silent year) and then self-released the album Shag in 2001. The album contains 11 songs that are better than many of the tunes on recent Spin Doctors albums. It is moving to hear Chris Barron's voice back to normal, if a bit restrained, and Shag signifies a rebirth for Barron as an artist. For the first time he is calling the shots and expressing a singular artistic voice.

Biography

Born: February 5, 1968 in Honolulu, HI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Chris Barron was born in Honolulu, HI, in 1968, while his father, a Vietnam veteran, was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the divisive war. Barron spent his childhood in the Bronx and Rye, NY, before moving to Australia for over three years. When his family returned to the States, Barron attended the same high school in Princeton, NJ, as members of Blues Traveler. Barron and John Popper were close high school friends; the two shared feelings of being an outsider. Barron felt like he was neither an...
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