Monday Music: Singing With The FADES’ Chris Potter

The Fades, running music

Singing with The FADES. (Photo: Phil Hospod)

Looking to keep your running playlist fresh? “Monday Music” is here to help. As the lead singer of an ‘80s cover band, I truly heart music. With “Monday Music,” I share a song, album, artist or playlist that I love running to.

This week: Hear me sing with The FADES’ Chris Potter. It’s a song great for running, written and performed by runners.

Singing With The FADES

I love the ’80s. I love the ’80s so much that I’m in an ’80s cover band, The FADES. I sing a lot and play keys a little and shake some tambourine.

Being in a band has been a really fun way to keep up my passion for music and performing. We play weddings, parties, corporate events and the occasional bar. We even got a nice mention on last month.

But being in The FADES also fuels my passion for running—five out of the six members of The FADES are runners—fast runners. With a 4:28 marathon personal record, I’m the slowest of the bunch. The fastest FADE clocks in at 2:37.

The Fades, running music

Chris Potter is The FADES male lead singer. (Photo: Phil Hospod)

I wrote about my two worlds colliding when I ran my second marathon. You can read all about how ’80s music got me through the race here.

I’ve also had the honor of singing as a few road races like the ING New York City Marathon and the Fifth Avenue Mile. It’s really fun to be able to meld my two loves.

Singing With Chris Potter

In addition to being runners, my band mates are also a talented bunch. Our male lead singer and keyboard wunderkind, Chris Potter, is a 2:59 marathoner and a gifted singer-songwriter. Oh, and he also plays guitar and bass.

Chris asked me to sing a guest spot on an album he recorded a while back. I had fun singing on “The Boy Who Couldn’t”, and it’s become one of my favorite running songs. Even though it’s about unrequited love, it puts a big smile on my face whenever it pops up on my running mix.

Here it is. If you like it too, you can download it on SoundCloud. I show up around 2 minutes in.

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“The Boy Who Couldn’t” is from Chris’s album The Greenpoint EP. He wrote, performed and produced the whole thing. Check it out.

Happy running and happy listening!

Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ show about running. She has finished six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla at, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


07 2013

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  1. 1

    I recently added a couple more songs to my 80’s list, and now that I’m on the mend, I can’t wait to test it out. My favorite track on that list right now is Footloose.

  2. 3

    I LOVE 80’s music too – I always wish I was a few years older in the 80’s so I could have full appreciated it! I am so jealous that you can sing too…I am so musically challenged I literally can’t even clap on beat, it’s that bad.
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  3. 5

    Really enjoyed “The Boy Who Couldn’t”, thanks for sharing!
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  4. 7

    I’m a definite 80s junkie! “Take on Me” is my favorite song (I dare you not to feel happy and start dancing when that starts playing). The amount of 80s songs we had to incorporate at the wedding and on my running playlist isn’t even funny lol. It’s great that you’re in a band too! I always wished that I could sing or do something…of course this doesn’t stop me from singing at the top of my lungs at work, at the gym, while I run, in the shower, wherever, anyway lol


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