Chris Akinyemi

Chris Akinyemi

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Artist Biography

Chris Akinyemi gives a new meaning to the term "Singer/songwriter". The 20 year-old New Jersey native pulls listeners ears with his visual storytelling, captivating melodies and charismatic persona, which embodies his music. At the age of 6 he started his musical enlightenment playing the snare drum for his elementary school's marching band. By the age of 11, he wrote his first thoughts on paper about love, which was endearing for a pre-teen.

"I've always wanted to feel and give love even though I might have not completely understood what the word meant," says Chris

Chris developed his musical abilities by picking up and self-teaching himself how to play the guitar and piano. Teaming up with producer Dboy (Souldiggaz, Missy Elliot, Dirty Money) and recording five well-thought out but personal songs that bring listeners into his world. These songs are mixed by industry veteran Harry Conyers (Foo fighters, Vanessa Williams, Mint Condition....) and mastered by Sweetz (Keisha Cole...). Chris is an artist that is here to stay and to leave the footprints of his legacy behind. 

"I want people to know who I am or at least have an idea after listening to my records, Autumn puts my ideas in perspective in four to five minutes a piece" says Chris

His first EP will be independently released under the Tannaz imprint in the Summer of 2010.Influenced by Alternative, soul, rock and hip hop music, he creates melodies that are distinct thus can never be forgotten. Indeed, the world is about to witness what has almost been forgotten in the history of musicianship... A writer who creates music that truly speaks to the soul!

Available Music

Album of the Month - Cecile McLorin Salvant - Dreams and Daggers
Listening Room - Will Downing - Soul Survivor
Listening Room - Lizz Wright - Grace
Listen Now! - "Fresh Soul" playlist from SoulTracks

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