Chris August is a soulful singer-songwriter who cites influences from Stevie Wonder to Boyz II Men. His talent not only makes him unique in the music industry, but also his personal life. When he was just 22, Chris cut his teeth in the mainstream industry working with Ryan Cabrera, Brian McKnight, Robin Thicke and Babyface and signing with Geffen Records while being managed by Jessica and Ashlee Simpson’s father, Joe Simpson.
Chris has also toured with and opened for Ashlee Simpson. Just months later, in January of 2009, Chris was sitting in his room writing “Starry Night,” an anthem to the God who had rekindled something now burning within him.
“It was really late at night and was during the time when I had been getting back involved in church in Dallas,” he remembers. “I wrote the whole song that night and recorded it, produced it and put it on an independent record.”
When an A&R rep at Word Records heard the recording of “Starry Night,” Chris received a deal and made the move to Nashville. He co-produced No Far Away with celebrated producer Ed Cash (Dave Barnes, Steven Curtis Chapman), exploring the depths of his love for writing and producing.
“Anytime I play live I do these stylized versions of the songs on my record and people are always saying, ‘Why don’t you sing like that on your album?’” he thinks. “After hearing that suggestion multiple times, I started thinking, ‘Well, now that you say that, maybe I will.’”
Chris continues to show and appreciate his love and talent for music. “At the end of the day, sure it’d be awesome if I could sell a lot of records and have some success just from the business side of it," he says. "That’d be great, but what good is all that if I’m not reaching people and encouraging them to live for something greater than themselves?”
“Sure it’d be awesome if I could sell a lot of records and have some success ... but what good is all that if I’m not reaching people and encouraging them to live for something greater than themselves?”