Fervent Records’ hot debut artist Chris August’s Christmas wish list is coming true with his smash No. 1 single “Starry Night” illuminating the 2010 Best Of lists. Named one of the Best Christian Songs of the year by both Amazon and iTunes, “Starry Night” is also shinning bright on the Billboard year end charts landing in at #15 on the “Hot Christian Songs” list and #13 on “Hot Christian Songs” AC. This spirited up-tempo record topped the Christian AC Chart for five consecutive weeks, making it the longest running No. 1 for a new artist in 2010. “Starry Night” is from August’s debut album No Far Away that was recently named Amazon’s No. 2 Best Christian Album and touted by iTunes as one of the Top 15 Best Christian and Gospel Albums of 2010.
And if that wasn’t enough to get August in the yuletide spirit, his new Christmas song “Come Now Our King” hit the No. 12 spot last week on the Christian AC Monitored Chart. Co-written by August and the critically acclaimed Dave Barnes, this song captures the glorious essence of the season and is from the Come Now Our King EP featuring various artists, now available on iTunes.
“I loved working with Dave, not only is he hilarious, but he is an incredible songwriter,” says August. “In writing ‘Come Now Our King’, it was our desire to draw people’s hearts towards the birth and coming of Christ.”
August recently wrapped a 12-city Christmas tour opening for multi-platinum selling group Point of Grace. After ringing in the New Year, August will hit the road again on the highly anticipated 45-city tour, “Winter Jam 2011” (Francesca Battistelli, David Crowder Band, Newsboys, Newsong and others).
While he may be considered a “new” artist, Fervent Records’ newly signed singer-songwriter Chris August is anything but a rookie in the music industry. The self-taught pianist, guitarist, and producer previously toured as the keyboard player and opening act for pop sensation Ashlee Simpson and worked with Ryan Cabrera, Brian McKnight and Jessica Simpson before shifting his focus to his solo career. Chris, a native of Dallas, Texas, put his refined skill set to work when he co-produced his debut record with acclaimed producer Ed Cash. While he is not one to shy away from writing about his faith, Chris isn’t afraid to embrace relationships and heartache in his songwriting. Chris cites influences such as Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, and Gavin DeGraw who all contributed to the polished pop/rock sound that is sure to resonate with all who listen.
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