Christopher Stevens (musician)

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Chris Stevens
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Background information
Birth name Christopher Edmund Stevens
Born (1967-11-29) November 29, 1967 (age 49)
Eugene, Oregon
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Country, Christian
Occupation(s) Composer,[1] music producer,[1] music editor,[1] programmer,[1] soloist,[1] lyricist,[1] keytarist,[1] music engineer,[1] music mixer,[1] music arranger,[1] guitarist,[1] bassist,[1] keyboardist,[1] organist,[1] pianist,[1] drummer[1]
Instruments bass,[1] drums,[1] guitar,[1] electric guitar,[1] keys,[1] keytar,[1] mbira,[1] organ,[1] synthesizer,[1] vocals[1]
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts David Garcia, Ben Glover
Website christopherstevens.com
Notable instruments
Hammond organ,[1] Mellotron,[1] Moog synthesizer,[1] Rhodes piano,[1] Wurlitzer electric piano[1]

Christopher "Chris" Edmund Stevens (born November 29, 1967), is a four-time Grammy winning[2] American record producer,[3] mix-engineer, and songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee.[4]

Early and personal life[edit]

Stevens was born Christopher Edmund Stevens,[5] on November 29,[6] 1967,[7] in Eugene, Oregon.[4] He graduated from North Eugene High School.[8] After working as a composer for video games in the 1990s, Stevens eventually relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue songwriting and record production full-time.[8]

Credits awards and accomplishments[edit]

• 4 time Grammy Award winner

• 13 time GMA Dove Award winner

• 3 time BMI songwriter of the year

Chris Stevens has produced and mixed contemporary Christian music artists TobyMac, and American Idol finalists Mandisa and Colton Dixon, among others. Stevens has also worked on projects for country artists Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood. In September 2013 Stevens traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to work with International pop star Shakira on her 2014 studio album, lending his programming talents on several of her songs. He has also contributed his skills on two studio albums, Nothing Left To Lose, and Just Kids (album) for fellow Oregonian and Universal Republic recording artist, Mat Kearney.

Stevens has handled production, writing, and mixing for numerous artists under the EMI CMG, Word Records, Provident, INO Records, Gotee Records, and Curb Records labels. Stevens is credited with programming and keyboards on the Carrie Underwood single "Cowboy Casanova".[9]

In 2010, Stevens produced two Grammy nominated albums, TobyMac's, Tonight, and Sanctus Real's "Pieces of a Real Heart." In 2011, Stevens received his first songwriting Grammy nomination for Jamie Grace's "Hold Me." In 2010 and 2012, Stevens was honored as BMI's Christian Songwriter of the Year. In 2013 Stevens received his first Grammy as a producer and mixer on TobyMac's Eye On It.[10] In 2014 Stevens received two more Grammys for Contemporary Christian Album for Mandisa's Overcomer and Contemporary Christian Song for its title song.[11] In June 2015 he received his third BMI Christian songwriter of the year award. In February 2016, Stevens received his fourth Grammy award for Production/Engineering on Tobymac's "This Is Not A Test." [12]

In 2015 Stevens began working with disco R&B legend Gloria Gaynor and is currently finishing her roots gospel album entitled "Testimony." The album is slated for an early 2017 release. In 2016 he began focusing on songwriting in the Pop/Country genre and, thus far, has had songs recorded by Jason Aldean, Jerrod Niemann, David Lee Murphy, Justin Moore, Morgan Wallen, Drew Baldridge, and Logan Mize.

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