Stanhope is the music of Chris Rawlins, who first started performing under a pseudonym to get over stage fright, but soon found artistic freedom in the idea of creating his own identity. He says, “I wanted to feel like I was someone else at first, but eventually became so comfortable writing about personal subjects under a pseudonym, the name seemed more like me. And it’s allowed me to expand my sound and follow changes in my writing”
His music career kicked off in 2014 when he moved to Chicago and started performing original material in public. Five years of open mics, local gigs, and short regional tours later, he released his first solo album, Bring on the Rain, in 2019 with the help of the Old Town School of Folk Music songwriter, teacher, and producer, Steve Dawson who recorded the album. He wrote and recorded his upcoming album, Static, in 2020 and 2021 and it will be the first official release under the Stanhope moniker.