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93.9 WKYS is embracing local talent, and every Monday, we will prominently feature a local artist on the WKYS website.

If you would like to be featured on 93.9 WKYS New Music Monday please submit your song in an MP3 format, your photo, your bio and contact information to our DMV’s OWN page and every Monday we will feature a deserving local artist.

This week’s featured artist is Chris.

What would you say has been the biggest challenge for you as an artist?

So far, the hardest thing has been balancing my schedule! In addition to working on new music, I am also producing a film this year. So just balancing everything can be a challenge sometimes. But I am really lucky to have my team at Soblu. They keep me on schedule (laughs).

What do you hope people get from your music?

If I had to summarize it, I would hope that people get a meaningful and helpful perspective. I try not to limit myself when I am recording. I don’t limit the sound or the content of the song. I just try to make the best song possible that commands the emotion the song is dealing with. I believe that music is about spreading experience and often times with my music, about spreading love. So when I approach any song, I just hope to present a perspective to the audience. Maybe a perspective that they didn’t know about or that they don’t understand or that they can relate to 100%. Whatever the case may be, that perspective can influence a person and so I try to present something that means something and can possible inspire someone or influence them in a positive way. I also write a lot of my songs to inspire women to be strong and to encourage them to find out what truly makes them happy as individuals. I am all about the #girlpower movement :)

What makes your music stand out?

I think my music stands out because it doesn’t fit into a box. There isn’t one distinct genre that I fit into, and I really like to blend elements from a lot of genres into one song. That’s why I love the term “Urban Pop,” because it really doesn’t have limitations. I think when you can blur the boundaries, that is when you can really have fun with making music and being an artist.

Why did you decide to make music?
I have always loved to sing and I have been singing since I was very young. I think I made the transition into wanting to become a solo artist, when I got to college. I didn’t have much time to pursue singing in a structured way, so I learned to play the guitar and just started writing and composing. At that point, I really started to get comfortable with my own sound and when I graduated, I began vocal training and recording. When I recorded my first song, I was really nervous, but I knew I loved the process and wanted to keep doing it. So from there, it was just a matter of getting comfortable and finding the right creative team.

What do you want to have accomplished by the end of 2012?

By the end of 2012, I would like to release at least two more projects, including my next EP, “xoxo, Chris.” I don’t have any release dates set, but I am excited to continue sharing new music with the world! I also want to start touring and doing promotional runs overseas. I would probably visit the UK first, since I have an awesome fanbase building there. But I want to make sure that I not only send music out internationally, but also visit other parts of the world so I can really connect with people in those places and experience the different cultures of the world.

How do you spend your time away from music?

Right now, I spend my time off doing Pre-Production work for an upcoming film I am producing, “Afterschool.” We will be shooting that project later this year and I am really excited to be working on my 2nd film!
You can get at Chris at @ChrisWorldMusic

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