From that first hard crush to the ins and outs of romantic relationships and commitments, the theme of love serves as the inspiration for This I Promise You, the latest release from Chris Hassett, a local San Diego singer deserving of far greater recognition.
It’s only recently that I’ve become familiar with Hassett and his singing, having first encountered him with the release of his Christmas CD this past year. How could I have been unaware of him for so long? He is simply one of the best male singers here in San Diego. A baritone with strength and clarity, he just nails the notes and phrases. He reminds me of those old country singers like Jim Reeves and Eddy Arnold, who simply sang and sang well. Hassett also has a way of settling in and getting comfortable with a tune, giving songs a beguilingly easy delivery.