Chris Chameleon at Mosselbay, South Africa, Dec 2006
|Born||28 July 1971|
|Years active||2003 – present|
Chris Chameleon is a South African musician. Chris was born as Chris Mulder on Wednesday, 28 July 1971. He is currently a solo artist, and was previously the lead singer and bass guitarist for the band Boo!. Chris has experience as an actor, making his debut in Franz Marx's Sonkring in the early 1990s and also performing a role on 7de Laan as a musician. An Afrikaans album titled 7de Hemel was released which contains music he wrote for his character in the show.
In 2005 Chameleon released "Ek Herhaal Jou", which consists of the poems of Ingrid Jonker (a famous South African poet) set to music. "Ek Herhaal Jou", was nominated for a 2006 South African Music Award (SAMA) for Best Adult Contemporary Afrikaans Album, and reached gold status in South Africa in July 2006 and platinum status in December 2007. A DVD, "Volkleur" was also released in 2005, and contained songs from "Ek Herhaal Jou" as well as hits from Boo!.
Chameleon has released two albums in 2006, namely the English-language "Shine", and "7de Hemel", consisting of songs sung by his 7de Laan character. "7de Hemel" reached platinum status within two months, and "Shine" was nominated for a 2007 SAMA Award for Best Alternative Album.
In July 2007, Chameleon released another Afrikaans album titled "Ek vir jou". "Ek vir jou" is a concept album with songs describing the different stages of a romantic relationship - right from first sight to breaking apart. His second DVD, "Flight of an Extraordinary Alien", was released in October 2007, and his popular stage show, "Klassieke Chameleon" (Classical Chameleon), wherein he performed classical adaptations of his songs, was released as a DVD and a CD in 2008.
Chameleon's next album, Kyk hoe lyk ons nou, was released in March 2009, and received much critical acclaim.
Chameleon's album, As Jy Weer Skryf, was released on 1 June 2011, and contains song forms of the poems of Ingrid Jonker. Chameleon mentioned this in a press release on his website as something he's been wanting to do for a long time. The album contains 15 tracks, and has a more mellow and refined sound than his previous album. It is also his first album released under his own label, Chameleon Records.
His most recent album, Herleef - Psalms en Gesange, a new studio album, was released in October 2013.
- Ek Herhaal Jou (2005)
- Shine (2006)
- 7de Hemel(2006)
- Ek vir jou (2007)
- Flight of an Extraordinary Alien (2007)
- Klassieke Chameleon (2008)
- Kyk hoe lyk ons nou (2009)
- As Jy Weer Skryf (2011)
- Herleef (2013)