Chris Mann won last year, and his debut album came out this week.
He is considered a "classical crossover" artist, and after listening to his album a few times, I think that's a great description of his style. He has a fantastic voice! I enjoyed listening to the songs on this album. More than half are covers, but he added a twist to each one. I wasn't thrilled with his version of Willie Nelson's "Always on my mind", but thought he did a great job with Frank Sinatra's "My Way." I really liked his rendition of "Ave Maria." It's one of my favorite songs, and was even sung at my wedding.
I can see myself listening to this album in quiet moments, or the background music for a get together of friends. It's probably a good end-of-day, driving home album as well.
You can preview 3 of his songs at SoundCloud at this link: http://soundcloud.com/universalrepublic/sets/chris-mann/s-e7O63.
You can buy his album either physical copy or MP3 at Amazon, or it's available via iTunes.
*Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this album, and by posting I am entered into a drawing for a prize. No additional compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.*