Chris was born on January 13, 1977, in Charleston, WV. He grew up in Ripley, WV (believe it or not!) where he developed a love for Southern Gospel Music by hearing a local gospel group called the Homebound Gospel Quartet. Those 4 men never knew the impact they had on Chris and his love for Southern Gospel music.
After college, Chris started out ministering as a chaplain for International Union Rescue Gospel Missions. While he would be doing his duties in the office, he would take some weeks to go and sing in churches in the West Virginia region. While traveling, Chris has stood on the same stage with many other great Gospel Music artists and preachers. Traveling for over 15 years in Southern Gospel Music as a soloist, or singing with Gospel groups, Chris says, “I still love setting up the sound system because it is another opportunity to make an impact in a life for the cause of Christ. Plus, having many friends and your family always makes it easier to do this when you know they are holding you up in prayer, cheering you on every day."
Chris ultimately could not do what he does without the support of his family, mentors, and fans. When they know and enjoy what Chris does, he says it makes so much easier to travel all the miles.
“I love what I do, and I do what I love,” Chris says.
Chris has been awarded various awards throughout the Gospel Music industry, but ultimately he knows that it is all about the ministry of Gospel music and the change it can make in a person's life. That is and will always be the focus on doing what he loves.
Awards and Recognition:
2015 GME Male Vocalist of the Year Nominee
2016 LCGMA Male Soloist of the Year
2017 LCGMA Male Soloist of the Year
2017 Nominated for Project of the Year "Heaven On My Mind"
2017 Nominated for Production of the Year for TV Show, "The Voice He Hears"
2018 LCGMA Male Soloist of the Year
2018 Nominated Project of the Year “God’s Still God”
2019 Nominated Project of the Year “Walk and Talk”
2019 Nominated Song of the Year “Gonna Praise the name of Jesus”
FUN FACTS ABOUT FAVORITES FOR CHRIS:
Sports Teams: New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds
Restaurants: Golden Corral and Logan's Steakhouse
Snack Food: Kit-Kat & Mr. Bee’s Potato Chips (Original flavor)
Gospel Song that I Sing: Just A Little Talk With Jesus (Love seeing others singing it along with me)
Hidden talent: I do ventriloquism
The Craziest Fact about Chris: He is allergic to Poultry (Chicken, Turkey, and Eggs)