Boston pop rocker Chris Moreno turns modern pop music on its head; his honest sound and sincere delivery of the real stories in his lyrics connect with fans on a core level. Without façade, the artist plays impassioned anthems about the twists in life and staying true to yourself, making you dig deeper than your typical Top 40 fare. These themes are enhanced by the striking contrast between the powerful music and the sweet twang of Moreno’s voice. A nod to 90s rock and modern country, the music pushes beyond those labels to create a brand of honest pop that is uplifting, both in tone and message. Moreno’s music moves beyond the surface level, bringing the artist’s unconscious struggles to light. Released on November 11, 2016, Moreno’s debut album “Into the Sun” chronicles his journey to move forward through life’s trials. The title of the album is a lyric taken from the CD’s flagship song “Finally Free,” which was written about the artist’s internal struggles regarding his lack of passion and direction prior to rediscovering music as a creative outlet. Mostly, Moreno’s songs, such as fan-favorites “Try” and “Closer to You,” deliver messages of self-actualization, perseverance, and the importance of letting life in. Though Moreno does perform solo acoustic occasionally, catch Chris Moreno live and it is likely to be a full band experience. Members include Rod McCarthy on drums, David Brideau on bass, and Eric Giribaldi on guitar. The band can be seen playing all over Boston at a variety of venues, such as the Middle East, the Hard Rock Café and Thunder Road, and they’ve been getting radio airplay on college radio stations as well as on 92.5 the River, WAAF, and 95.9 WATD. At its core, Chris Moreno’s music is a genuine reflection of the artist’s real life experiences and down-to-earth personality. As one reviewer put it, his songs “draw in the listener as if a deep secret or universal truth is about to be revealed.” The songs move you, both through the lyrics and the music. Moreno’s music is living proof that having a pop rock sound doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice depth.