When it comes to gay indie films, the hunky and handsome Chris Salvatore is top billed. Having risen to fame in Q. Allan Brocka’s supremely successful film franchise, Eating Out, Salvatore is a household name to most gay men. However, you may be surprised to learn that in addition to a successful career as an actor, Chris is flourishing as a new and unique recording artist.
At just 13 years old, Salvatore had dreams of mass proportions. “I wanted to be a pop star,” he says. Having written his first song at 15, he was well on his way.
Undoubtedly though, being an open member of the LGBT community in Hollywood can be both empowering and sometimes downright crippling. “If I was straight, I feel like there wouldn’t be as many obstacles,” he proclaims. “I feel like being an openly gay actor or singer is still kind of a new thing in the entertainment industry. I feel like you have to work a little harder to be recognized.”
Despite any setbacks regarding his sexuality, Chris has plowed through whatever storms have come his way. With original songs like ‘It Gets Better’ and ‘What You Do To Me’, Salvatore’s infectiously positive anthems and sultry smooth voice have been praised by both fans and critics alike.
Recently, his cover of the smash hit ‘Wrecking Ball’ was chosen by Ryan Seacrest to be part of a national contest voted upon by fans. “It makes me really proud of the work I’ve been doing,” he says. “I am so proud to be recognized in that kind of avenue!”
You can help Chris move forward by voting HERE.
And just in time for the holidays, Chris has released a new cover of the seasonal classic, ‘All I Want For Christmas’. “I love Mariah Carey’s version! So I thought I should do my own,” he says. “It’s inspired by Imogen Heap. Her music is very melodic and unique, so I wanted to emulate that.” The new single can be found on iTunes.
With such success and support, a studio album can’t be too far out of the realm of possibility. But the rising costs can slow the process. “An album has been my goal all along,” he says. “But it’s easier, and less costly, as an indie artist to release music track by track.”
Whenever an album comes to light, it will be well worth the wait. Chris’ pure warmth and love have captivated fans whose undying support has not gone unnoticed this Holiday season. “I am so thankful for everyone who lifts me up. There are so many bigger artists that they could give their love to and I am so blessed.”
You can keep up with Salvatore here and on Twitter by following @CSalvatore
– Connor Kidd