Acclaimed producer, engineer, singer, songwriter, guitarist and Secret Sound studio owner CHAS SANDFORD–garnering praise for his recently released second solo album WAG MORE, BARK LESS–is participating in the 7th Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival & Song Writing Convention February 23-27. 

Taking place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the festival includes 5 days of 42 concerts and 15 workshops featuring 150 songwriters. Last night, Wednesday, February 23SANDFORD performed at the Castlereagh Civic Centre in-the-round alongside Dominic O’Neill and Antoin Glacain. On Friday, February 25, he’ll also perform at the Rhythm & Rhyme Concertwhich also features Owen McCafferty, Paul Muldoon, Brian Kennedy, Thomm Jutz and Colum Sands.  There will be a special presentation by The Lord Mayor Councillor Pat Convery and The Katherine Brick Award for Young Songwriter of the Year. For more information on the festival, please visit:

SANDFORD will also take the stage Wednesday, March 2 at 8pm in London at the Live Lounge in Sopranos on Kingston High Street. He will be performing with London’s popular Emma-Jane Thommen at her weekly show. SANDFORD will then perform Thursday, March 3 at The Regal Room located in Hammersmith London. Back home in the States, SANDFORD will be performing at the 19th annual Tin Pan South taking place March 29-April 2 (the schedule will be announced March 9). 

SANDFORD returned to the spotlight with WAG MORE, BARK LESS released 1/11/11. The Atlanta native, who’s lived in Nashville since 1993, produced, engineered and mixed the album, a melodic rock-and-pop mix of electric and acoustic stylings. It is a proudly modern classic-rock album that’s brimming with affecting songs about life, love and loss; SANDFORDvocally gets inside such songs as “Let Love Back In This House,” “Someday Susan,” “My Favorite Regret” and the epic closer “It’s Changing” with plenty of emotional heart and power.

Tom Kidd of Music Connection praised the album. “The CD leads with a surefire hit, the anthemic ‘Let Love Back in This House,’and then keeps getting better. This is one of the most major independent releases I’ve ever heard.” (9/10 rating; February 2011)

Additionally,’s Rick Florino wrote, “Chas Sandford was always meant to be in the spotlight. The Tennessee-based artist pens tunes that draw from rock, country, and pop, while existing in a sphere that’s decidedly his own. The hooks are there, but there’s a lot of heart hidden within each chord, verse, and lyric on Sandford’s sophomore offering, Wag More Bark Lessthere’s nothing like hearing Chas sing and play his own material…” (1/18/11)

SANDFORD’s background is as impressive as they come. Songs off his Elektra/Asylum debut album Parallax View were covered by John WaiteSammy HagarRick Springfield and Sheila B. Devotion. When three of the songs he was writing for a planned second album turned into hits–a #1 hit for Waite (“Missing You”) and Top 5 singles for both Stevie Nicks (“Talk to Me”) and Chicago (“What Kind of Man Would I Be”)SANDFORD found himself one of the most in-demand producer/songwriters in the business, garnering 12 ASCAP “Most Performed Song” awards and a total of over more than 7,000,000 airplays alone for “Missing You”, making it one of the most played songs of all time.

His songs have been recorded by Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Melanie, Roger Daltrey, Millie Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Alison Krauss and David Wilcox.  He has also produced a wide range of artists, including Chicago, Stevie Nicks, Roger Daltrey, Rod Stewart, Berlin, Gene Loves Jezebel, House of Schock and Don Johnson, whose cast of guest musicians included Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Ron Wood and Dickey Betts.

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