A Southington, Connecticut 20-year-old musician and singer-songwriter says that his biggest inspiration comes from Elton. ''He's an individual and I love that,'' Chris Niland told the Record-Journal on August 6, 2004.
He has just completed a cd, My Life, which contains mostly original work. His vocal coach compares his ''very romantic style'' to a young Barry Manilow or Elton.
But Chris will be covering Lionel Richie when he joins the Connecticut Idol competition on Saturday evening. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at Rocky Hill High, and tickets cost $5 each.