In 2016, Chris Blue found himself at a crossroads…
The youngest of seven children born among very humble beginnings in Polk County, Florida, he devoted his entire life to music. He went from the Blue Family at three-years-old to the Blue Brothers and to a burgeoning solo career by the age of twenty, sharing the stage with everyone from Kirk Franklin and Hezekiah Walker to Fred Hammond and Mary Mary as well as performing across the U.S., Virgin Islands, Jamaica, and the UK.
In the midst of a promising solo career, the love of his life received a bone marrow cancer diagnosis, flatlined, and Chris made an unbreakable promise.
“When she flatlined, I cried and prayed for God to bring her back,” he admits. “When He did, I promised I would not only marry her, but that I would try out for The Voice. I remember watching Season 8 thinking there’s no way I could ever be on the show. Fear crept into my mind. Finally, I was like, ‘Ready or not, here I come’.”
As the story goes, Chris not only tried out, but he triumphantly emerged as the Season 12 Victor on Team Alicia Keys. Show after show, he captured the hearts of millions with his combination of raw vocal talent, heartfelt honesty, and brave vulnerability. His rendition of Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” and “Take Me To The King” proved show-stopping, while a duet with Keys on “Diamonds and Pearls” brought the house down. Just before performing “Love and Happiness,” the iconic singer shared some invaluable wisdom with her team member.
He recalls, “Alicia looked at me and said, ‘Make sure you focus on being in the moment. Don’t try to do anything; be it. That’s the natural order. We’re human ‘beings’ not ‘do-ings’.’ That stuck with me ever since.
Now, when I get out there, I lose myself in that moment.”
Following his victory, Chris inked a deal with Republic Records and immediately entered the studio to commence work on what would become his forthcoming full-length debut for the label. Drawing on influences as diverse as Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Shania Twain, Chris Brown, The Canton Spirituals, and Bishop T.D. Jakes, he artfully unites Motown, pop, and soul into a sound of his own. “I always want my music to bridge the gap,” he exclaims. “I’m a young guy, but I’m an old soul. I want to reach everyone that I possibly can. It brings the old and the new together. Call it ‘Poptown’ instead of Motown,” he laughs.
Within that collage of styles, his beliefs remain central.
“My faith is not important; it’s essential,” he goes on. “It’s who I am. It’s the foundation of where I come from. The energy you feel, the message you hear, and the light you see comes from my faith regardless of the genre.”
That honesty builds a lasting connection for Chris Blue. “To me, the most important thing is the response,” he leaves off. “In actuality, I’m the hope dealing business. I want to give the world hope. I want people to walk away with hope in their relationships, their loved ones, and themselves. I want them to be inspired.”
Date: Monday, September 10, 2018
Time: 8 p.m.
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