Chris Blue

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Chris Blue

Dylan Gardner

Fri · July 13, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$25 in Advance / $29 at the door

Cancelled

This event is all ages

Chris Blue
Chris Blue
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.”
Dylan Gardner
Dylan Gardner
With an encyclopedic musical knowledge that could power a streaming service search engine, fashion sense right at home in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and the uncanny superpower to craft irresistible pop anthems, the 21-year-old singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer is about to make a big splash on his sophomore album Almost Real.

With his Warner Bros. Records debut, Adventures In Real Time, which he co-produced and served as sole writer for, Dylan made a big first impression resonating with everyone from The Huffington Post to YouTube personalities like Shane Dawson and The Gabby Show who he started writing and producing songs for. He went on tour and performed 100-plus shows across the US and stirred up over 10 million Spotify streams in under a year for his single “Let’s Get Started.” Delivering a single-laden pop record with everything from exciting anthems to heartbreaking ballads, Almost Real has something for every listener. Regarding the album’s theme Dylan says “Almost Real deals with the transition from age 19 into 20, where I start to really reach for my dreams and deal with all hurdles that come from that”. The album is a soundtrack to young love co-produced by Dylan and collaborator Matt Rad (Martin Garrix, Bebe Rexha, Demi Lovato) and co-written with hitmakers, Teddy Geiger (Shawn Mendes “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back”), John Ryan (Niall Horan “Slow Hands”) and Julian Bunetta (Louis Tomlinson “Miss You”).

The album’s first single, “Sign Language” generated over 1.5 Million Spotify streams landing on key playlists, and organically amassing more plays by the day. “I Want It Like That” is a powerhouse “if-I-ruled-the-world” anthem, detailing Dylan’s dark twisted fantasies like Kanye West becoming the President, partying with Grimes, and having his own private jet filled with vinyl records. “Breakup Symphony” is the breakup singalong Mozart never wrote. “Ride” is the night trip windows-down song of the summer. These vivid tales and productions are all the inner- visions of Dylan, who’s been writing, performing, producing, and releasing his own material since he was 14. His musical appreciation spans everything from K-Pop to hip-hop. His enthusiasm for the pop-album experience and the wonders of songwriting are what illuminate Dylan’s spirit and makes his songs so special. He’s inviting everyone along for the ride with Almost Real.

Just forget those hurdles that your twenties’ bring you and lose yourself in the chorus of “I Want It Like That”

“Superstar shades on tonight’s red carpet, screaming my name then the party gets started, I want it like that. Private jet plane, you, me, and my records, flying away to the best day ever. This is what I want, and I want it real bad, never going to happen, but I want it like that”.
Venue Information:
Cornerstone
2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant)
Berkeley, CA, 94704
http://www.cornerstoneberkeley.com/