Chris Erasmus' Debut Single "Fires" is Billboard Breakout Hit

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Chris Erasmus' hot take on Ronan Keating's UK smash hit goes global.

A bold & fresh re-imagining of Ronan Keating’s 2012 UK hit, "Fires;" South-African born, London-based singer/songwriter and performer Chris Erasmus's debut single is the #2 Billboard Breakout this week on Dauman Music.

Explosive dance remixes of the track from DJ superstars Dan Thomas (Deadmau5, Zedd), Radiopunks (Dana Ordway, Breanna Rubio), Boris (Laura Kidd, Shawn Hook), and Liam Keegan (Seal, Carly Rae Jepsen) were released on February 8th, making Chris' debut a hot pick internationally. Erasmus' high energy performance has garnered a massive outpouring of support and enthusiasm from DJs and fans alike; an impressive accomplishment for the singers' first ever wide release. "Fires" also marks yet another breakout hit in a long line of incredibly successful Dance/Club releases from industry stalwart Jason Dauman, via his company Dauman Music.

On the original version of the track, co-produced by Michael Graye (Orion Starchild, Harper Starling), VP of A&R for Artist Development & Management firm Lynn Verlayne Studio, and Scott Jacoby (Coldplay, John Legend, SZA), Erasmus takes the song into rough and raw, classic rock-edged territory, drawing from key formative influences like Freddie Mercury, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard. A true musical citizen of the world, Erasmus has proven his status as an emerging as a powerhouse indie pop/rocker to be reckoned with.

“The key to taking an established song and making it your own is connecting with the soul in it and relating it to your own life,” Erasmus says. “I was drawn to "Fires'" theme of lifting someone’s spirits, and sparking a new fire in them. When people are struggling, it’s not always easy to tell them directly that you’re there for them, so this song was the perfect way to say it."

Chris will follow-up the release of “Fires” with his debut EP "Uncovered Jack," this spring. The collection’s quirky title is a colorful reference to his decision to focus on a pop career after long being considered a “jack of all trades” due to his multitude of studies, passions and interests, musical and otherwise. Erasmus takes the listener on a stylistically diverse journey, touching on many of the genres he loves, creating a unique travelogue of tunes written in different places around the globe at different times of his life, reflecting different chapters in his ever-evolving story.

Uncovered Jack will include two other fresh re-workings of classic songs like “She’s The One;" a well-known hit that was originally written by British rockers World Party and that was famously covered by Robbie Williams; and “This Is The Moment,” from the musical Jekyll & Hyde, which has been sung by everyone from The Moody Blues to Donny Osmond.

Follow Chris' journey on Spotify - where all of his Billboard Breakout remixes are currently available to stream, and head to his website to learn more and sign up for his fan newsletter at chriserasmusofficial.com

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