Toronto-based producer, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Chris LaRocca today released his 13-track album, ‘i cried my eyes out’ on Red Bull Records/Wonderchild. Effortlessly traversing indie rock, soulful R&B, and powerhouse pop, LaRocca is as impressive in his production as he is in his prose.
He gets personal with listeners, shining a light on internal struggles he’s faced but been reluctant to speak about, until now. His vulnerability on issues with the music industry, falling out of love, and finding his voice are triumphant moments on the record that have you rooting for LaRocca. The title track illustrates that best, as the blood, sweat, and tears he’s poured into his craft come alive in the earworm chorus. Accompanying the album, the official video for “i cried my eyes out” personifies these ups and downs he’s embraced over the last few years, told through four relatable stories.
LaRocca shares, “As creatives, we sacrifice so much of our personal lives and mental health to get to where we want to be. All that the audience sees is the final result – they don’t see any of what went into it, and I wanted to pull the curtain back on that process and what it does to us. With this album I wanted to be unapologetically raw about how a lot of artists and creatives feel but don’t speak about publicly. It’s okay to feel like you’re not where you want to be, and I just want everyone who’s struggling in their own lives to find some solace in that idea. It’s not an easy pathway, and there will be tears for many reasons, but if you can push through and make something you’re proud of that can inspire others to do the same, you’re doing something right.”
Earlier this summer, LaRocca released two EPs – ‘perhaps!’ and ‘smile because it happened’ – with tracks from each project dispersed across ‘i cried my eyes out’. The four new songs are welcomed additions, including “bad,” a dreamy and anthemic heartbreaker, and “troubadours,” an introspective page from LaRocca’s past, dripping in silky harmonies. While he’s lauded for working with artists like Kali Uchis, Russ, and Stray Kids, LaRocca has carved his own irreplicable sound on this full-length. Since signing to Grammy-nominated producer WondaGurl’s new imprint earlier this year, LaRocca has been carving a path of his own after years of building an impressive career behind the booth. In the last 6 months, LaRocca has experienced tremendous growth, with Spotify followers increased by +12%, Instagram followers by +10%, and YouTube subscribers by +6.5%. The total streams for the album tracks that have already been released throughout the year have now surpassed 1 MILLION. Additionally, with 🇵🇭 #3 Philippines, 🇲🇾 #5 Malaysia, and 🇮🇩 #6 Indonesia in his top 10 streaming countries in the world, LaRocca’s career shows no signs of slowing down.