Chris August

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Chris August
Birth name Chris August Megert
Born (1982-03-20) March 20, 1982 (age 32)
Origin Garland, Texas
Genres CCM
Occupation(s) Singer/Songwriter
Years active 2004–present
Labels Fervent

Christopher August Megert (born March 20, 1982) is an American Contemporary Christian musician who performs under the stage name Chris August.[1] He began recording as a secular musician before switching to Christian music. His song "Starry Night" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart in 2010/2011. He was nominated at the 2011 Dove Awards in five categories, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year.

Music career[edit]

August began recording music in his early teens after his father built a studio in their home in Garland, Texas.[2] He became a Christian when he turned 15 years old and began to record music.[2]

August continued to practice and release his first self-produced album A Beautiful Thing as a 22 year old under the name Chris Megert and the Love Jones.[1][2] The album was found by Ryan Cabrera who guided August to a new manager, Jessica Simpson's father Joe Simpson.[2] August landed a contract with Geffen Records and he moved to Los Angeles in 2005.[2] He helped with producing records for Brian McKnight and Jessica Simpson as well as playing keyboards on Ashlee Simpson's tour;[2] he also played as the opening act on Ashlee Simpson's tour.[3] August's contract with Geffen fell through while they were renegotiating his contract so he went back home to Texas.[2]

While at home, he decided to stop working on secular projects and began to work solely on Christian music.[2] August wrote the song "Starry Night" as a demo and he received a contract from Word Records.[2] He recorded the album No Far Away in 2010 and the song was released as a single that year.[2] The album peaked at No. 15 on the Christian Albums charts and No. 9 on the Heatseeker Albums.[4] The single hit No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart and it reached No. 21 on Billboard's Heatseeker Songs.[5] When the song topped the Christian AC Monitored chart, it was the first debut single to reach No. 1 in over three years.[6] His second single was "7x70" which is a song about forgiveness following his parents' divorce when he was a fifth grade student.[7]

August toured to support the album, first opening for Point of Grace for a twelve-night tour.[8] He joined the Winter Jam 2011 national tour along with Newsboys and Francesca Battistelli in 45 cities.[8]

August received five Dove Award nominations in 2011: New Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year,[9] subsequently winning New Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Album of the Year.

Awards[edit]

GMA Dove Awards
Year Award Result
2011 New Artist of the Year Won
Male Vocalist of the Year Won
Song of the Year ("Starry Night") Nominated
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Starry Night") Nominated
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (No Far Away) Won

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums
Year Title
2010 No Far Away
2011 No Far Away (Deluxe Edition)
2012 The Upside of Down

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External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Sidewalk Prophets
GMA's New Artist of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Jamie Grace