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|Birth name||Christchankeith Marshall|
|Also known as||Chris "Ckay1" Marshall|
|Born||May 20, 1982|
|Origin||Charleston, South Carolina|
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B, Pop, Rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, producer, arranger, composer,|
|Years active||2006 – present|
|Associated acts||Field Mob, Shawn Timothy Johnson, Darion Crawford (aka Smoke, Boondox Blax, Chevy Pendergrass)|
Christchankeith "Ckay1" Marshall is an American music composer, arranger, and producer. Ckay1's first full credit production work was in 2006 on the highly acclaimed Light Poles and Pine Trees for Hip hop group Field Mob. This release reached #7 on the US Billboard 200 and #2 on Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Ckay1 began his acting and music career at an early age. By the age of 11, he had become a familiar face throughout the acting community. He has played numerous onstage roles at the historical Dock Street Theatre, The Charleston Youth Company as well as an independent feature film titled Mother of the River and Alex Haley's Queen starring Halle Berry. In middle school, Marshall began playing the violin and upon entering Academic Magnet High School, began playing the bass guitar where he became a brief member of a local band that performed in the Tri-State area.
Upon high school graduation, Marshall received a full academic scholarship to Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. He was a member of Hatchett Pre-law Society, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Alpha Delta, and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Marshall graduated (Magna Cum Laude) from FAMU in 2004 with his B.A in Political Science with a minor in Spanish.
While in Tallahassee, Florida, Ckay1 produced music for a wide variety of local and independent artists including, but not limited to "Thrill Da Playa" of the 69 Boyz. However, it was not until his independent release of the Gold Album (a mashup album created by coupling an a cappella version of rapper Jay-Z's The Black Album with instrumentals created from a variety of unauthorized samples) that he garnered the attention of Shawn Jay and Smoke of Field Mob, of whom had recently signed a deal with DTP Records, Geffen Records. Their relationship led to his first major released production credit with 'Area Code 229' with the 2006 release of Light Poles and Pine Trees As of 2008, he resided in Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently in Los Angeles, California, and is represented by the firm Mark Music & Media Law located in Beverly Hills, California. Ckay1 is also the owner of N.O.T.E Productions, L.L.C, a music production company serving the music and film industries.
Discography and credits
|2006||Light Poles and Pine Trees||"Area Code 229"||Field Mob||Composer, producer, drum programming|
|2011||The One||"Cold"||Encore||Composer, producer|
- Ckay1 at AllMusic
- "Light Poles and Pine Trees". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- The Charleston Youth Company http://www.charlestonyouthcompany.com/
- Mother of The River Info http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0184752/fullcredits#cast
- Thrill Da Playa http://www.thrilldaplaya.com
- "Disturbing Tha Peace Records". www.dtprecords.com. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
- "Home". Universal Music. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- "Area Code 229" on Lala http://www.lala.com/#song/432627065033645215
- XXL Mag Album Reviews, June 2006 http://www.xxlmag.com/online/?p=2053
- "Field Mob – Light Poles And Pine Trees (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. June 20, 2006. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- "Field Mob – Light Poles and Pine Trees – Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- Artist Directs album review, June 2006 http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,3639653,00.html
- "ProdBy // The Net #1 Source for Hip-Hop Productions and Discographies". Prodby.altervista.org. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- Artist Direct http://www.artistdirect.com/video/encore-cold-pretender/108515