At the tender age of five, Chris began capturing audiences and astounding them with his singing and performing. At age 9, he performed for live audiences in sold-out shows with a professional theatre company in Sarasota, Florida – the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT). In 2010, when Chris was 12 years old, he appeared on the NBC show “America’s Got Talent, Season 5. He was selected as one of the top 48 finalists out of more than 70,000 auditions throughout the United States. During his America’s Got Talent journey – Christopher performed at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, at the Palms in Las Vegas and in Hollywood on NBC for the AGT Live Show competition. The summer of 2011, Chris completed his first Tour throughout Florida. Chris’s “Go For Your Dreams Tour” was a HUGE success. He visited thousands of Boys & Girls Club kids inspiring them to “GO For Their Dreams”.
As one of the youngest members of WBTT, Chris recently performed internationally with the Theatre Troupe on a tour to Germany. He has performed in Theatre shows such as ‘Motown 60’s Revue’, ‘Soul Crooner’s 2′, ‘The Fabulous Five’, and ‘Cab Calloway’. Chris’s love for Motown music comes from growing up as a member of the Theatre Troupe and being surrounded by the fabulous music of the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
Chris is one of the most sought out young performers in Sarasota for community fundraising dinners and events. His soulful rendition of the National Anthem has allowed him to be invited to perform for the Florida Senate, at several Major League baseball games and most recently at an event for the Vice-President of the United States, Joe Bidden.
In 2012, Chris was selected to perform for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Conference in San Diego, CA for more than 2,500 people and was also selected to perform in Atlanta for the Boys & Girls Club Southeast Regional Youth of the Year banquet. Chris recently was honored as the National Winner for the Boys & Girls Club Digital Art contest receiving a prestigious award for one of his original songs on his Debut EP. His song, “Lessons Learned” was selected out of 20,000 submissions world-wide for ages 13-15.
In July 2013, Chris’s “Power of 15″ Summer Tour was enjoyed by more than 1,700 fans. He visited 15 Boys & Girls Clubs in 15 cities throughout Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama performing hits from his Debut Album and empowering teens to follow their dreams.
After working in the recording studio for more than a year, Chris’s Debut Album “Christopher XVI” was released in November 2013 and is available on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.com. All of the songs on this special album were written by Chris and they embody a fifteen year-olds state of mind as he pursues his ultimate dream of inspiring people around the world with his music.
In early 2014, Chris was invited to be a featured Opening Act for the sensational teen group ‘Mindless Behavior’ as they performed for thousands of adoring fans around the U.S. He rocked the stage in 8 cities while opening for this award winning group. Chris was also invited to be the featured co-headliner for ‘Issa’, the youngest rapper signed to RCA Records. During 2014, Chris also appeared in two Westcoast Black Theatre productions: ‘Bubbling Brown Sugar’ and ‘Black Nativity. In the summer of 2014, Christopher headlined his 3rd “Go For Your Dreams” Boys & Girls Club of America Summer Tour, performing for hundreds of Club members and inspiring them to follow their dreams.
Throughout 2015, Christopher has continued to perform for audiences of all ages across the United States. In March of 2015, Chris was given the opportunity to produce his ‘Young Artist Showcase’ for two sold-out audiences. He completed his 4th annual “Go For Your Dreams” Boys & Girls Club of America Summer Tour and continues to perform for non-profit organizations in Florida. There are several causes that Chris has chosen to volunteer his time and talent to help raise awareness. These are The Boys & Girls Clubs of America; The American Cancer Society; and Goodwill Manasota.