Listening to Christopher the Grey you can hear voices of some of the other musicians like, Kool Moe Dee, Rakim, Public Enemy, and MC Shan, and this is because he blends old skull hip hop with modern day, and these artists influence the type of music he does.
In a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh, Christopher the Grey shared the genesis of his name, this was due to his gray hair, quite a great resolution if you ask.
Steadily raising up the ranks, Christopher the Grey has been able to achieve some great heights like reaching number 5 on the America Independent Charts and Number 122 on the Digital Radio Tracker Top 200 Chart. And gained over 1 million streams for his song Oh My Damn, with over 2 million views on TikTok for his sound from Higher, and released a song with Snoop Dogg in 2021.
Christopher the Grey is a rapper and in his latest single Don’t Move My Mountains, he shares all the obstacles he had to fight against in other to become one of the best.
Don’t Move My Mountains is an old gospel song his mother used to sing, this inspired his creative process and decided to use the title.
One thing that cannot be overlooked is his songwriting skills, how is able to craft his words in a way that resonates with his listeners and makes them feel as though, it’s their memoir.
His delivery, flow, timing, and lyricism identify the type of artiste he is, undoubtedly, Christopher the Grey has a niche for music creation, and if he threads this path, he is certain to become one of the greats.
He shared some of the challenges he faces in the music industry, and more of this was shared during the interview. Don’t Move My Mountains is expected to be released on 12th May 2023, but before that check out his catalog
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What is your stage name?
Christopher the Grey
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Yes. I learned to embrace my gray hair. After all, I earned it.
Where do you find inspiration?
It comes from my life and experience.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Escape, solitude, and peace.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Well, my mother could sing, my father tried his hand at songwriting and my brother and I started out in the school band together.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
First by listening and imitating artists that I like. That lead to me being serious about it and practice.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
That was at a festival, Southern Heritage in Birmingham, Alabama.
How could you describe your music?
I describe it as neo-hip hop. I am influenced by all of the artists I listen to. Some of the earlier rap artists include, Kool Moe Dee, Rakim, Public Enemy and MC Shan.
Describe your creative process.
I have a simple process. I listen. If I compose the music first, I sit back, listen and ask, what is it saying. The same goes for receiving the idea or the inspiration first.
What is your main inspiration?
My main inspiration is life! Inspiration is all around us.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Prince! Alive, Bruno Mars. Both are highly talented and creative.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Who do you see as your main competitor?
Honestly, I don’t see anyone as a competitor. I just keep improving myself and keep moving.
What are your interests outside of music?
Old school cars.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Coaching sports or antique car restoration.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Being everything. As an indie artist, especially starting out, you have to do everything yourself.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I would make it fair for the artists and the label.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
It’s inspired by a gospel song my mother used to sing. The title is the same.
What are your plans for the coming months?
Continue to create and search out opportunities to perform.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
Not right now.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Thank you for coming on this journey with me.