Chris Watrin is a prolific multitalented music artist. His distinct, electric and powerful voice along with his honest,
energetic and dramatic performances has made this talent a mesmerizing and touching experience for audiences around the globe for the last two decades.
Skilled at the piano and a work in progress on the guitar Chris's diverse musicality ranges across genres from rock,
pop, gospel and jazz to christian praise & worship music.
Throughout his musical journey Chris has been influenced and inspired by iconic music performers such as Freddy Mercury
(Queen), Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Kurt Cobain
(Nirvana), Yuja Wang (classical pianist), Nina Simone, Nina Hagen, Jim
Morrison (The Doors), Lady Gaga and composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
Growing up in Germany to German parents his father, a business man, and his mother, an educator, always
fought to open doors for their son to receive a great education. In his teenage years Chris adopted English as his second heartfelt native language and learned to
speak and sing in French as well. Being a cosmopolitan person he enjoys all cultures. For the past 4 years he has been serving as a music director and praise &
worship lead singer in a multi-ethnic church in his hometown Cologne cherishing his spiritual parents, a pastoring christian couple from Nigeria (Africa). Besides
helping build his home church Chris has also helped bring a series of christian sing-along concerts on the way for the youth of the German catholic church.
Wowing audiences with his voice and stage presence has been natural to Chris ever since the age of 11
when he joined a kids choir and soon after found himself entertaining crowds in large venues along with winning a music competition on German television. Following
the casting call of Lou Pearlman, founder of the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync, Chris at age 16 overnight became part of the multi-platinum selling international
boyband US5 traveling the world for 3 years and collaborating with other international music stars such as Robin Gibb from The Bee Gees.
Due to lack of creative fulfilment, too little say in artistic and creative decisions, and feeling worn
out by the lack of privacy from global stardom Chris eventually decided to leave US5 and withdrew from the public eye. After going back to school and graduating
from college he went on to study communication in social and economic context at Berlin’s art university while still following his number one passion of performing
music. This time for a change on the streets of Berlin trying to find a more genuine and down-to-earth approach to his favourite craft. 8 years down the line Chris
now anticipates to graduate from The Cologne Conservatory Of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music in 2020 and also just graduated from Rhema Bible College in
2019 having received a 4-year training in theology and leadership.
During challenging times of
severe personal and mental health crisis in 2012 and 2013 Chris fought to convert his pain and hisstruggles into finding his true purpose in life
which he now says is to inspire and servepeople using his God-given talents. In 2013 Chris co-founded a
German music group of people with handicaps named “Piratenchor” (The Pirates Choir) and has helped all its members find their own unique voices and musical
Besides being a music educator and a band leader to people with handicaps Chris is
also a passionate photographer and in charge of most of the graphic work for his music.
Being a visionary and anentrepreneurial and strategic
thinker Chris always strives to challenge himself and the people around him to set the bar higher. He is currently performing the music of his
debut album entitled “The Rise” scheduled to officially be released in late 2020 internationally. Collaborating with prolific British
songwriters Benjamin Hewat-Craw and George Warren “The Rise” tells the story of Chris's personal transformation from hopelessness to triumph
referring to the latest chapter of his life. Chris aspires to spread a message of hope, faith and love while setting new standards in music, art
and creativity. “The Rise” will feature refreshing music aiming to bring relevance, excellence and substance to the international music