Chris August received 5 Dove Award nominations in 2011: New Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year. He ended up winning 3 of those categories.
Chris signed a publishing deal with BMG in 2019 and has thad songs cut by Hootie and the Blowfish (“Why”) in November 2019, and Keith Urban’s current top 20 Country single “God Whispered Your Name.” Now, after a 2-year absence from releasing his own music in the Christian music scene, Chris has released a new single, “Gave You My Heart,” which recalls the joy of accepting Christ and the memories of giving his heart to Him.
Preview it here:
Christian, Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Hobbies/Interests Apart from Music:
Well, I’m answering this during the quarantine so I think at this point I’ve almost binged every single thing on there. I’m currently watching the show Community.
The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer and Babyface
First musical purchase:
Chuck Berry, Berry Is On Top. So many good songs on that record. My dad had the vinyl, but I wanted it on tape so I could listen to it in my room.
CCM: What led you to pursue a career or ministry in music?
Chris August: I’ve always loved making music. I’m drawn to it. I love being able to capture emotion and putting it into a song. One of the best feelings is having someone tell me it feels like that song was personally written for them. That’s when I’ve done my job.
CCM: Do you remember that moment when you realized you wanted to make an actual career out of music?
Chris: When I was young I loved sports and music. I had a dream to play in the NBA, but I loved making music. Growing up in Dallas, I went to Maverick’s basketball camps every year and played all through school. My junior year I had to pick which one I was going to chase. I just couldn’t imagine a life where I was making music. That’s when I laid the other dreams aside.
CCM: What are your hopes for the new project?
Chris: This song is a special one for me personally. I’ve been taking a bit of break from the Christian music industry. I haven’t really been playing many shows. I needed some time to reset a little bit. Find my voice in this. Deciding to release this song definitely has the same feeling for me personally as when I released “Starry Night.” Like a rededication. It means a lot to me and I hope everyone can feel/hear my heart in it.
CCM: If you could potentially tour with any other artist or band (that you haven’t already), who would you choose and why?
Chris: Chris Tomlin. I’ve been fortunate enough over the years to get to do some really cool tours with some great artists and bands. Tomlin is one I never got to do. His music has meant so much to me personally that I would probably fall over if I ever got that call.
CCM: What was the last song you listened to on your playlist or stereo?
Chris: This answer will show my love for the recording of the music…The Beatles, “A Day In The Life.” The reason is because I’m constantly trying to learn how to make music sound as good as I possibly can and I was watching a video in which one of my favorite mixing engineers mentioned the genius of this song so I went and dove into it. Shortly thereafter I started answering these questions haha.
CCM: Name a song that you wish you’d written (and why).
Chris: “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” by Bonnie Raitt. Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin wrote it. They crafted it perfectly. I’m hoping to get the chance to write with Allen pretty soon. He doesn’t live too far from me, but I don’t think I can just show up. Or maybe I should?