Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Lifestyles

April 18, 2013

Chris August's tour coming to Ashland

ASHLAND — Dallas native Chris August didn’t plan a career in Christian music, but he’s found plenty of success in it, thanks to his song “Starry Night.”

“I was doing mainstream pop and R and B out of L.A.,” the University of Texas graduate said. “I was trying to put out an independent album and it was the only Christian song on the album.”

But word of mouth made it to a management company in Nashville where executives heard the song and contacted him about coming to the city for meetings, which ultimately led to his getting a record deal for Christian music.

Not that Christianity was new to him.

“I was raised with Christian values, but we didn’t go to church,” he said, until a friend when he was 15 started inviting him to go and he joined the church.

In Los Angeles, he said he wasn’t a church goer.

“I just wasn’t thinking about it,” he said. “Then, when I left L.A. and went back to Dallas, I rededicated my life.”

Now based in Nashville, August is promoting the album “The Upside of Down,” an album that celebrates God’s constant love. The lead single, “Center of It,” reminds listeners of God’s promise to be with his people during the highs and lows of life.

“It shows God’s character and his grace that he has for us,” August said. “God loves us despite the mistakes we make. He’s there with us no matter what.”

The album follows his successful “No Far Way,” the album that contained “Starry Night” and “7 x 70.”

In 2011, August was named Male Vocalist of the Year, New Artist of the Year and won Best Contemporary/Pop Album at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards.

Contemporary Christian singer Chris August will perform at 7 p.m. May 17 at Second Free Will Baptist Church of Ashland. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at itickets.com. For more information, call the church at (606) 324-5447.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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