Tonight singer-songwriter Christian Floyd will perform songs from his new album, as well as covers from Jason Mraz and Coldplay, at the Young Bean Coffee Shop. The free concert begins at 6 p.m.


Tonight singer-songwriter Christian Floyd will perform songs from his new album, as well as covers from Jason Mraz and Coldplay, at the Young Bean Coffee Shop. The free concert begins at 6 p.m.

‘Conversations in an Empty Room’
Floyd’s new sophomore album: “Conversations in an Empty Room,” released in late December, is an all-acoustic, 30-minute project featuring themes of romance and honesty, in which Floyd, 39, holds a mirror up to the listener, and himself, encouraging listeners to avoid living with regret.

For instance, the song “This Empty Room” is about “telling the people you love about how you feel [about them] now, because you never know what will happen in the future,” said Floyd of Frederica, who self-produced “Conversations in an Empty Room.”

The track “Mirror Me” prompts the listener to examine whether they’ve been living a lie.

“Sometimes when we look into the mirror, the person we see isn’t the person that others see,” he said.


IF YOU GO
WHAT Christian Floyd performs at Young Bean Coffee Shop
WHEN 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20
WHERE Young Bean Coffee Shop, 314 Main St., Clayton
COST Free  
INFO theyoungbean.com

Compared to his first album: “Dreams Into Daylight,” which featured 13 songs, was nearly an hour long and included “more upbeat, rocking kind of songs,” “Conversations in an Empty Room” is more of a focused project that offers continuity from beginning to end. On the new album Floyd was able to craft the songs he felt would inspire listeners, without the headache of learning how to work his recording software, which took him eight months to figure out when he was working on “Dreams Into Daylight.”

“If you sit and listen to the whole thing, it’s almost like a complete work in itself,” Floyd said of his new album. “This would be the kind of album you would listen to quietly in the evening and listen to with a glass of wine.”

‘I was, too, shy to sing’
It wasn’t until his early 30s that Floyd, who played in several heavy metal bands over the years, was introduced to the acoustic guitar. Having become a Christian in 2000, after witnesses shared the gospel with him on his doorstep, Floyd felt compelled to quit his then metal band (Missing Infinity) and stray from the loud, aggressive tunes he loved since a kid. He decided to adopt a new, quieter sound. In 2006, Floyd was introduced to the acoustic guitar after hearing the instrument playing as background music in the TV show “Scrubs,” and the sound “really hit me,” he said.

Acquiring his own acoustic guitar forced him to learn a new skill.

“I finally got the nerve to start singing,” he said. “I was too shy to sing.”

Having been a regular at the Young Bean, where he has performed at least 15 times at the venue, the singer-songwriter feels more comfortable as a vocalist, and feels he can be as effective as a solo artist as any metal band.

“You can be powerful with just an acoustic guitar and your voice,” said Floyd, who added his philosophy is: “Don’t play so loud they can’t help but hear you. Play so good that they can’t help but listen.”