Christopher Stevens (musician)
|Birth name||Christopher Edmund Stevens|
November 29, 1967|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, music producer, music editor, programmer, soloist, lyricist, keytarist, music engineer, music mixer, music arranger, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, organist, pianist, drummer|
|Instruments||bass, drums, guitar, electric guitar, keys, keytar, mbira, organ, synthesizer, vocals|
|Associated acts||David Garcia, Ben Glover|
|Hammond organ, Mellotron, Moog synthesizer, Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer electric piano|
Early and personal life
Stevens was born Christopher Edmund Stevens, on November 29, 1967, in Eugene, Oregon. He graduated from North Eugene High School. After working as a composer for video games in the 1990's, Stevens eventually relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue songwriting and record production full time.
Credits awards and accomplishments
Chris Stevens has produced and mixed contemporary Christian music artists TobyMac, and American Idol finalists Mandisa and Colton Dixon, among others. Stevens has also worked on projects for country artists Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood. In September 2013 Stevens traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to work with International pop star Shakira on her 2014 studio album, lending his programming talents on several of her songs. He has also contributed his skills on two studio albums, Nothing Left To Lose, and Just Kids (album) for fellow Oregonian and Universal Republic recording artist, Mat Kearney.
Stevens has handled production, writing, and mixing for numerous artists under the EMI CMG, Word Records, Provident, INO Records, Gotee Records, and Curb Records labels. Stevens is credited with programming and keyboards on the Carrie Underwood single "Cowboy Casanova".
In 2010, Stevens produced two Grammy nominated albums, TobyMac's, Tonight, and Sanctus Real's "Pieces of a Real Heart." In 2011, Stevens received his first songwriting Grammy nomination for Jamie Grace's "Hold Me." In 2010 and 2012, Stevens was honored as BMI's Christian Songwriter of the Year. In 2013 Stevens received his first Grammy as a producer and mixer on TobyMac's Eye On It. In 2014 Stevens received two more Grammys for Contemporary Christian Album for Mandisa's Overcomer and Contemporary Christian Song for its title song. In February 2016, Stevens received his fourth Grammy award for Production/Engineering on Tobymac's "This Is Not A Test."
In 2015 Stevens began working with disco R&B legend Gloria Gaynor and is currently finishing her roots gospel album entitled "Testimony." The album is slated for an early 2017 release. In 2016 he began focusing on songwriting in the Pop/Country genre and, thus far, has had songs recorded by David Lee Murphy, Justin Moore, Morgan Wallen and Drew Baldridge.
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- Christopher Stevens, Allmusic.com