In two years Christofer Ingle has gone from opening up for small tours with just his acoustic guitar to headlining a national tour sponsored by Alternative Press magazine. He’s released six EPs, performed at SXSW twice, and become a massive Myspace sensation. He even signed a deal with Warner Brother records that allows him to control his own imprint label before he’s put out his first full length record. Oh, and he’s only 19 years old
Ingle, better known as Never Shout Never to his fans, has been touring since 2007. He’s known best for his acoustic upbeat pop anthems like "Big City Dreams" and "Your Biggest Fan", but this Spring, he’s put together a full band and is headlining the AP Tour.
"We pretty much have a little jam band behind me. They’re people I rounded up from back home in Missouri. It’s pretty sweet. They’re all really good guys and super talented musicians," said Ingle in a recent phone interview with Blast. ". I call them â€˜the shout’".
Ingle’s latest release "What is Love" came out in January and was the first release post signing with Warner Brothers last year. Though still not a full-length, Ingle got paired up Butch Walker who has produced the likes of P!nk, Dashboard Confessional, Weezer and tons more.
"It was a big budget record I got to work with a lot of new sounds. It was awesome, kind of scary though. It was just a little EP, but I wanted to do something different with it," Ingle said.
Ingle’s record deal didn’t come with only a big budget, but he also managed to squeeze his own imprint out of the deal — Loveway Records. So before he’s released his first full-length record, Never Shout Never has the ability to record and release anyone he wants.
"It feels empowering almost. We can put out whatever we want It’s fun to have this imprint that we can just make a whole new vibe with. I’m trying to find people on it that would never get anything with our scene because the scene is so image based and so fake," Ingle said, "It’s a huge blessing. I’m so lucky."
Ingle dropped out of high school in his senior year, only a few short months before graduating, to be able to pursue his music career. It was a huge sacrifice to make to start his climb to the top but on the way he’s trying to give a hand to everyone he can.
"I want to help everyone that I can because this isn’t for me. I’ve been blessed with so many opportunities so I can make an impact," said Ingle.
It seems a bit unreal to think anyone can be this upbeat all the time, but even over the phone Ingle feels like the epitome of adorable. He’s modest, cordial and honestly seems like he’s just out to make everyone have a good time.
"Life is too short to feel bad. Everything is about break ups and stuff like that which really doesn’t matter. There’s so much more out there in the world like love and happiness. The first thing you should do is find happiness," he said.
The positive attitude is something that Ingle tries to pervade throughout everything that Never Shout Never attaches its name to — and it really seems to be working out.
"All I really want to do is spread the word of selflessness. It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s not about him or her," Ingle said. "It’s about community, all of us coming together."
Never Shout Never is now featured on the Punk Goes Classic Rock compilation, covering Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody". You can also catch the band and Ingle on the AP Tour with Hey Monday, The Cab and Every Avenue. The tour stops in Boston this Thursday, April 29, at the House of Blues.