Buy No Story is Over here.

“I’m not sure I know a songwriter with greater attention to detail than Chris Slaten, a.k.a. Son of Laughter. The new release is just plain beautiful.” – Arthur Alligood, singer-songwriter, national winner of NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong contest

“I admire Chris Slaten for so many things, not the least of which is his immaculate beard. But I love his music even more. His guitar parts are wonderfully inventive, his Paul Simon-esque voice soars, and his lyrics are as whimsical as they are literate. Any release of a new Son of Laughter record is cause for celebration.” – Andrew Peterson, singer-songwriter, author of The Wingfeather Saga

“When we first heard Son of Laughter’s music, an album repeat festival promptly began in our car, lasting for weeks. If you haven’t heard this music, you need to.” – Dave Radford of The Grey Havens

“From the first moment I heard Son of Laughter’s Mantis and the Moon, I’ve had an increasing sense of ‘Wow!’ and I’ve anxiously awaited this new record ever since. No Story Is Over is finally here, and the wait was not in vain. Chris has an incredible facility with words and he puts it on full display here in tracks like ‘The Hurricanes,’ ‘Voting Day,’ and ‘The Meal We Cannot Make.’” –  Pete Peterson, playwright The Battle of Franklin

“With one of the friendliest singing voices I’ve ever heard, Chris Slaten delivers a thoughtful collection of songs in No Story is Over, combining rich theology with a light hearted sound. I will have ‘The Meal We Could Not Make’ on repeat forever and am basically a Son of Laughter fan for life.” – Emily P. Freeman, WSJ bestselling author of Simply Tuesday and A Million Little Ways.

“I love Son of Laughter’s sound and substance. Chris Slaten is an amazing, insightful songwriter. I find the songs are sweet in my ears, and sustaining in my soul. It’s right in there with my favorite music ever. I’m a fan for life.” – S. D. Smith, author of the Green Ember series

“His music has a unique ability to enchant and transform. Like the best of the metaphysical poets, Chris crashes unexpected elements together—perhaps a transcendent, ethereal sound with grounded imagery—perhaps a simple children’s story told powerfully enough to revive a road-weary adult.

Meanwhile, Chris confesses his longings and his weaknesses so honestly, it’s impossible to hear his music and remain disengaged. He creates a space in which we are likely realize something broken inside us, but also where we also have a friend willing to say, “Me too!” In particular, No Story is Over seems to help the discouraged heart stay focused in confusing times. He helps me identify what I need to confess, what I need to believe, where I need to abide.

The most convicting song for me on the record might be “Voting Day” because it shows me how I continually place too much trust in single days of political movement and too little focus on the choices I make daily. But even as I see a misappropriation of my own values through this song, Chris rushes in through subsequent tracks to remind me that “No Story is Over” because I can always begin anew as a loved child of an attentive Father.

I’m so thankful to have this opportunity to recommend Chris Slaten’s record to you. He’s made us a good work, full of  truth and beauty.  Here are songs you will reference for the rest of your life because they will become pillars of our conversations and dots on our horizons.” – Rebecca K. Reynolds, writer at thistleandtoad.com

Under Green Canopies was the first record I released back in 2004 through Music for Missions.  You can still buy it here.

Also, Music For Missions has published a free noise trade sampler available with five of the tracks from the original album.

“Unique and beautiful…It sounds like early Paul Simon stuff. Super-melodic, weird in the best way possible.” -Andrew Peterson, singer-songwriter, author

“Song after song captured my imagination; made me want to run home and play my guts out quick before the moment passed. Chris must be eccentric deep down. He MUST be full of life. His songs are places where I smell the sea, see the dense leaves overhead, hear the winter wind blowing. Listen to this music. You really should.” – Ben Shive, singer-songwriter


The Mantis and the Moon, a five song EP produced by Ben Shive (Andrew Peterson, Colony House, Sarah Groves), can be purchased at The Rabbit Room, iTunes, and Amazon.

“With intriguing acoustic instrumentation, dreamy storybook lyrics, and poignant takeaways, Mantis may be the most effective Nashville singer-songwriter EP in years.” (5/5 Stars)  CCM Magazine, September 2013.

“In this day and age, it’s a nice feeling to be able to see the heart in a project. Truly get behind it without qualms, with a belief that the artist’s aim is true. Kind of like finding a modest, dust covered book in the library shelf only to open up a world of hidden treasure. ” Holly Etchison, The Blue Indian

“Fascinating music, songs, production.”- Andrew Peterson, Songwriter/Author

“A truly superb example of musical storytelling, The Mantis and the Moon is full of solid songwriting and lilting melodies to delight the listener throughout the entire project”(34). -Shawn McClaughlin, Christian Musician Magazine

“The finest of pleasures for music fans combing through the independent ranks is stumbling upon that hidden gem. Chris Slaten, the man behind Son of Laughter, offers an undiscovered treasure this summer with the sweet yet substantive melodies on his new EP, The Mantis and the Moon. ”  -Matt Conner, CCM Magazine Interview

“It is an album that has integrity in musicality and in message. Its underlying joy is infectious, and its themes grounded yet hopeful. I greatly look forward to Son of Laughter’s next outing after this.” Philosophy Over Coffee

“This CD is a wise reminder about the virtues of contentment and the hidden blessings all around us.” Scott Kohler, Gentle Shepard Community Church

“Slaten has a gift for writing songs which are evocative, joyful, layered, and beautiful. I highly recommend this artist.” Thoughts, Prayers, and Songs

“You’ll love this EP. Go out and find it.”  A Revolting Christian

“It’s hard for me to hear “The Mantis” and resist pushing repeat; that’s high praise from over here.” Independent Clauses

“I loved it immediately. It sounded like a sweet mix of Paul Simon and Josh Ritter. When I got home, I left it in the car on purpose so it would ambush Jennifer the next time she went for a spin. When she came home later, she got out of the car demanding to know the name of the gorgeous CD and who it was. She too had fallen head over heels for it.” – Pete Peterson, The Rabbit Room

“This refreshing, joyful, gentle river acoustic sound will leave you wanting more just as it has left me.”  Eric Dye, ChurchMag

“Bright, positive vocals, catchy melodies, luscious strings…” Mississippi Mixing

Though I mostly tour as a one man show, this project owes much to the community of artists who collaborated on the recording, which is another reason that I felt a need for a name beyond my own.  Without the mad scientist, virtuoso production wizardry of multi-instrumentalist Ben Shive, the fullness of these songs would have remained dormant in my imagination and been carried with me to the grave;  he translated my most abstract ideas into tangible, musical form.   Ben also provided inspiration, vision, and direction to the following artists that contributed to the The Mantis and the Moon.  Click on the names to find out more about their amazing work:

Ben Shive

Melanie Penn

Matt Brown

Esther Ellis

Paul Eckberg

James Gregory

Nathan Shirai

Eric Parker

Alex Walker

Ben Hart