Chris Watrin is a prolific music artist, music director, band leader and music educator. His distinct and powerful voice
along with his passionate, energetic and musically diverse performances has made this talent a mesmerizing and touching experience for audiences around the globe for the last two
Moving across genres ranging from rock, pop, gospel, jazz, french chanson music to classical and christian praise &
worship music Chris Watrin, also called a musical chameleon by fellow musicians, impresses through skilled and technically advanced piano accompaniment in various styles of
Trying to develop his full potential Chris looks up to influental and iconic musicians and performers such as Freddy
Mercury and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) for their electric voices and expressive stage performance ability, high-profile artists like Jamie Cullum and Yuja Wang for their virtuosic
piano playing and leaders in entertainment such as Lady Gaga and Jared Leto for their eccentricity and fearlessness in challenging creative boundaries. Chris also admires Civil
Rights musician Nina Simone for using her musical gift to fight social injustice defying all adversity as well as genius composer Johann Sebastian Bach for his unique style of
using harmony and dedicating his entire creative work to God.
Growing up in Germany to German parents his father, a business man, and his mother, an educator, always
fought for the well-being of their son encouraging and supporting him to get a good education. Chris later 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. In the last 4 years he has been serving as a music director
and praise & worship lead singer in a multi-ethnic church and it was also there that he met his now second parents, a pastoring christian couple from Nigeria
(Africa). He joyfully and thankfully let them take him under their wings to mentor him and instruct him in the bible and the ways of God. Next to 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 self determination, 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
personal, health and mental crisis in 2013 Chris converted his pain into finding his true purpose in life which he now says is to edify, inspire, serve and
lovepeople using his God-given
talents. In the same year Chris co-founded a German music group of people with handicaps named “Piratenchor” (The Pirates Choir) and has helped all the members
find their own unique voices and musical expression eversince.
Next to being a band leader to people with handicaps Chris is also a trained music
educator for children. And as if that weren’t enough he also does his own artistic photography for social media including graphic editing and color
grading aiming to inspire the fans of his music on the visual side of things as well.
Being a visionary, strategic thinker and a multitalented artist with an entrepreneurial
mindset Chris always strives to challenge himself to be and give the best he can. He is currently working on his first ever solo album entitled
“The Rise” scheduled to be released in 2020 internationally. Collaborating with prolific British songwriters Benjamin Hewat-Craw and George
Warren “The Rise” tells the story of his personal transformation from hopelessness to triumph referring to the latest chapter of his life. It
is a matter of the heart to Chris to bring a message of faith, love and hope to a troubled world unveiling its deceptions while aspiring to
set new standards in music, art and creativity. “The Rise” will feature refreshing music aiming to bring relevance, excellence and substance to
the international music industry.