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MASSENA - Massena High School’s choral and drama director has been busy on the music front this summer.

Chris Lincoln has been working on a new album and on Friday nightChris Lincoln and Band will perform songs from that project during a concert called “One Life.”

The show will be held at the Cross Current Youth Ministries, 56 Main St., Massena. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7, and proceeds from the show will help pay for the mixing, mastering, duplication and distribution of his new record.

“We’ll play all of the songs that I’ve written with the exception of two,” Mr. Lincoln said.

The band includes Mr. Lincoln, who plays acoustic guitar and piano, Ryan Brink on drums, Ryan Reynolds on bass, Gabe Laramay on electric guitar and Andrew Stephenson on electric guitar.

“They’re all great musicians. I’m really blessed to be playing with these guys,” he said. “We’re practicing hard. The guys in the band have been working really hard. We’ve been pushing it hard for the last four or five weeks.”

What’s made it difficult, according to Mr. Lincoln, is the distance between band members. One is from Ottawa, another one is in Alexandria Bay and a third is from Cornwall, Ont., with two from Massena.

In addition, he said, two of the band members are shift workers.

But, despite the obstacles, they’ve still managed to get in the rehearsal time.

“I would say we’ve been focusing on this date for three months,” Mr. Lincoln said.

The concert will give the audience an opportunity to hear the music that will be on the record when it’s released.

“Every song on the album will be played on Friday night, plus another eight or 10 more,” Mr. Lincoln said.

He describes the music as “alternative rock style. Nothing ultra heavy, but I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as pop.”

Mr. Lincoln said many of his songs are based on life.

“Some of the songs are based on God. Very few are that way. Several of the songs are about my family. Some are about just life in general,” he said.

Friday’s concert, he noted, “is not going to be overly Christian in any sense. The focus is on music. Hopefully it’ll entertain folks for the night.”

Mr. Lincoln said he has been doing records since he was 17 years old. But, with his job at the high school consuming much of his time, it’s become more difficult to get into the studio. He’s entering his eighth year as the school’s choral and drama director.

“Even with summers off it’s difficult. Last summer I did a chunk of the recording. I’ve been working on it on and off for 18 months. I have to work around the school schedule,” he said.

“It’s a great way to spend a summer vacation,” he added. “I really love music. I love all aspects of it.”

Mr. Lincoln said he’s nearly done recording his latest album.

“There’s not much left to do on the recording of it. I’m hoping to release it by the end of the year or early January,” he said.

In the meantime, he invites everyone to attend Friday evening’s concert in downtown Massena, next to the Massena Town Hall. The building is being cleared of the usual items like the air hockey, pool and foosball tables for the show.

“It’ll be seating only for the show. They say it’ll seat 200-plus,” Mr. Lincoln said.

He will also be selling copies of his new single, “Alive Again,” as well as T-shirts and stickers.

For more information, check out the Chris Lincoln Music on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Lincoln-Music/233753673324702.

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