Bryn Christopher

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Bryn Christopher
Also known asSkaar
Born (1985-11-08) 8 November 1985 (age 34)
Birmingham, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1997–present
Labels

Bryn Christopher (born 8 November 1985,[2] Birmingham, England) is a British singer and songwriter.

Musical career[edit]

Early years[edit]


Christopher's was the support slot on the Amy Winehouse tour at the rear end of 2007, while he was still relatively unknown (he also supported US Soul artist Rahsaan Patterson at London's Jazz Café).[3] More recently, he has been picked up by the US agent, William Morris Agency. He also co-wrote the Leon Jackson hit song Don't Call This Love with British producer/ writer Chris Braide. Christopher's also was Mary J. Blige open act on her European tour 'Growing Pains' in 2008.

The Quest[edit]

His first single release, "The Quest", was released on 8 June 2008 through Polydor Records. The single draws on his brother's personal experience as a soldier stationed in Basra. His brother 2 years later would be injured in Afghanistan losing both of his legs. "The Quest" was featured in the closing scene of Grey's Anatomy's season 4 conclusion, which caused the song to become more known in the US. The song was made into a music video for the show to promote its fifth season, with scenes of Christopher singing in London as well as scenes from the show. The song was also featured in an episode of the BBC school-based drama Waterloo Road.

It was also covered by Grigory Leps in Russian which became a popular version.

Christopher teamed up with co-writer/producer Jarrad Rogers and production team Midi Mafia (Jennifer Lopez, Talib Kweli, Nelly) to make his debut album My World, which was released September 2008. Midi Mafia secured the exclusive rights to use samples from the Stax Records Catalogue, and has used some of these for the first time ever on Bryn's album.

His second single was called "Smilin" released on 2 September 2008. It peaked at #31. His third single "Fearless" was released on 18 January 2009 and failed to chart. His final single was "Taken Me Over", released on 4 August 2009 as a digital only single. It also failed to chart.[4]

Christopher then left his record label Polydor, and signed with Geffen Records UK.[1]

Festival appearances[edit]

Christopher hosted a residency at North London's live spot The Boogaloo throughout April 2007, and will be following this with dates at London's Soho Revue Bar. He has also played at 2008's Wireless Festival in Hyde Park on the same day as Jay-Z, as well as Glastonbury, T in the Park, Oxegen and V Festival. Bryn has also appeared at the Capital Summertime and Jingle Bell Ball's as the vocalist of Sigala's "Sweet Lovin'", he also has appeared at V Festival and has appeared in many other places during 2015–2017.

2010–present[edit]

Christopher co-wrote the Sub Focus song "Out the Blue", which was released 27 April 2012. He co-wrote and provided uncredited vocals for "Superstar" by Knife Party, from their debut album Abandon Ship (2014). In 2015 he was a featured artist and co-wrote the song "City Lights" by Culture Shock. He also worked with Sigala to make the track "Sweet Lovin'", a tropical house track that has over 180 million hits on YouTube (as of February 2018) and reached number three on the UK Singles Chart. He also wrote "Came Here for Love" by Sigala and Ella Eyre with White N3rd and Klingande, which reached number 6 on the UK Singles Chart and was the official London gay pride theme.

I See Monstas[edit]

In 2012, Christopher, under the pseudonym Skaar, joined producers Rocky and Rufio to form an electronic music group called MONSTA (subsequently renamed I See Monstas in 2013). The group charted at #48 in the UK with their first single "Holdin' On".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions
UK
2008 My World 18

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
UK GRE
[5]
2008 "The Quest" 45 2 My World
"Smilin" 31

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK AUS AUT FRA GER IRE NLD SCO SWE SWI
"City Lights"
(Culture Shock featuring Bryn Christopher)
2015 Non-album single
"Sweet Lovin'"
(Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher)
3 11 7 115 15 6 23 1 29 31
  • BPI: Platinum[6]
  • ARIA: Platinum[7]
  • BVMI: Gold[8]
  • RMNZ: Gold[9]
Brighter Days
"Me, Myself & I"
(Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher)
2018 Non-album singles
"All Around the World"[10]
(Matoma featuring Bryn Christopher)
2019
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Song Album
2009 "Fearless" Non-album track
"Taken Me Over"[A] My World

Notes

  • A ^ "Taken Me Over" was released as a digital download single.[11]

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
2014 "Superstar"
(by Knife Party, uncredited vocals)
Abandon Ship
2015 "Mine"
(Kill the Noise featuring Bryn Christopher)
Occult Classic
2015 "Deeper Love"
(Botnek & I See MONSTAS featuring Bryn Christopher, uncredited; a part of I See MONSTAS), Released on Monstercat.
Single

Songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with
"Don't Call This Love" 2008 Leon Jackson Right Now Co-writer Christopher Braide, Carl Falk
"Do What You Want with Me" 2011 The Saturdays On Your Radar Jarrad Rogers
"Out the Blue"
(featuring Alice Gold)
2012 Sub Focus Torus Nicholas Douwma, Alice McLaughlin
"Devil in Me" Alexandra Burke Heartbreak on Hold Peter Boxta Martin
"Kelly" 2015 Andrea Faustini Kelly Matthew Prime, Timothy Woodcock
"Mine"
(featuring Bryn Christopher)
Kill the Noise Occult Classic Featured artist/Co-writer Jacob Stanczak, Kenneth Walker
"Sweet Lovin'"
(featuring Bryn Christopher)
Sigala Brighter Days Bruce Fielder
"Came Here for Love"
(with Ella Eyre)[12]
2017 Co-writer Bruce Fielder, Cedric Steinmyller, Scott Wild, Ella McMahon
"Too Good to Be True"
(with The Vamps featuring
Machine Gun Kelly)
2018 Danny Avila Night & Day George Tizzard, Richard Parkhouse, Phillip Plested, Colson Baker
"Goldmine" Jamie Talbot Non-album single Jonatan Gusmark, Ludvig Evers, Karen Poole
"Me, Myself & I"
(featuring Bryn Christopher)
Blonde Non-album single Featured artist/Co-writer Jacob Manson, Adam Eaglefield, Ashley Milton, Daniel Goudie
"Two of Us" 2019 Louis Tomlinson Walls Co-writer Louis Tomlinson, Andrew Jackson, Duck Blackwell

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "hi van Bryn Christopher op Myspace". Blogs.myspace.com. Archived from the original on 29 November 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Jones, Soul. "Concert Review on Soul Jones Presents "Shout Out To The Soulheds"". souljonespresents.com. Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2008.
  4. ^ "iTunes Store". Ax.itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  5. ^ "IFPI Greek Singles Chart". Archived from the original on 20 October 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  6. ^ "BRIT Certified - bpi" (To access, enter the search parameter "Sigala"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2016 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Sigala)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  9. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart – The Official New Zealand Music Chart". THE OFFICIAL NZ MUSIC CHART.
  10. ^ Bein, Kat (28 August 2019). "Matoma and Bryn Christopher catch flights, not feelings, on breezy 'All Around The World': Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on 11 September 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  11. ^ "iTunes Store". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Came Here for Love - Sigala". Qobuz.com. Retrieved 25 March 2019.

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