Artist Interview: Chris McKnight
Tell us about yourself and your music
I began writing and performing at the age of 11. My biggest influence was Michael Jackson. I’ve performed in talent shows and won came in 1st place. I’ve performed Michael Jackson hits. I enjoy singing and writing pop, R&B, and soul. When I sing I put a lot serious feelings and meaning to it. Everything I write sizzles and inspires those around me. Music is where my heart is.
Talk to us more about your latest release
At this time I have no professional recordings due to I have no funds for a recording studio or recording equipment, but I did release freestyles and breakdown recordings via Soundcloud. My dream is to soon or one day recording a album, single, and a EP. I also would love to write for other artists. I believe if industry professionals take notice of me I bring new music to the world; something different than the unusual.
What inspired you to write this release?
Everyday I was just in my room writing poetry and song-lyrics then publishing books and ebooks of poetry and lyrics. I decided that I should go on ahead and sing freestyle recordings to get my voice out there a little in hopes of getting heard. I recently got verified on vid.me and gained a following. https://vid.me/Chr1sMcKn1ght | I pray that I gain more fans and get signed to become a successful singer-songwriter.
Any plans to release a video?
I would love to release a music video one day. I already have hundreds of ideas for the music video. The only way that this can happen if I get signed/represented. First and foremost get a song recorded. I’m looking forward to seeing what takes place.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not at this moment in my life, but I do plan to in the future. I would like to relocate to New York or LA, and travel to other locations. I will be writing for other artists and younger artists including starting a band or label. My other goals to maybe start a boy band to represent or write for. I would discuss details in the future. Today I wanna focus on my own music and plans. New York would be a great opportunity.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I try to get my work and my name out there, but it has been so hard because no doesn’t know me, but some know that I sing including friends of mine know. The only thing is they don’t know I have books out and sample recordings out. I’ve tweeted about it. I just don’t have much likes, retweets, etc. I’m serious about what I do and about who I am. I wanna be known. I wanna grow and succeed yet be heard.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Michael Jackson, Prince, Elvis Presley, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and many more…
Tell us about your passions
My passions are making a difference and i enjoy helping people and children in need. I enjoy attending church, praying, and reading the scriptures. I’ve partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I’ve been a proud supporter of them since 2005. When I’m not doing music I spend time with my family and friends and support other young artists.
What else is happening next in your world?
I’m planning on publishing more books of poetry and song-lyrics as well get my life together. I’m been struggling financially so hoping good things will come my way to jump start my music career.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Chris!
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