Getting back in the 'groove'
Chris August returns after a serious accident to release his sophomore album 'The Upside of Down'
- Duration 8:01
- Date Aug 23, 2012
Chris August returns after a serious accident to release his sophomore album 'The Upside of Down'
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Slugging back from -- honeybees are always my favorite segments I love music -- such a fan.
Christian music I've never I've never really gotten to that yet but this guy could do it for me his name is Chris August.
And he joins us on set a year and be our performance of the week you're gonna at least set and we're gonna have another -- committee here while you're setting up.
You the album is called the upside -- down and this is your second album.
This my second record the -- called the upside of them know what's what's the story behind that title.
Well you know for for me you know sometimes it's in our down moments that we realize all the good things that we have surrounding us.
You know and we come to realization and so that's almost the upside of being down this kind of seeing all these things that are around seeing the people that we have in our lives and you know.
And then I got the skateboarding that's not gonna ask about that -- after and people vastly did you read the song after skateboarding accident and not run it before unfortunately had -- -- it.
Get one afterwards and I had this bad brain injury a brain bleeding brain swelling.
And you know through that -- it's just I've almost got a whole another perspective on it now.
Just being you know in the church for me I have my whole church come around me help me in -- upside -- down that is seen.
-- -- -- in the Christian music industry CNN it's so much more than entry by the community of PLO that that came in to help me out bring me food everything I mean I couldn't do anything from.
-- a month let's let's backup QB has you matching -- -- at the Christian music industry but.
Previously you had worked with.
You've been managed to bite you your site with Geffen Records you were managed by Joe Simpson who is the famous father -- Ashlee Simpson and Jessica some right.
Tell -- a little bit about that whole experience and how that came today.
Yeah there's a guy named Ryan Cabrera had -- if you hit songs he's awesome he got a hold of my music long while back who and he played it for Joe Simpson and Joseph -- -- and next thing you know I was out there.
Now I can browse and lying to register from the next semester community college outside of Dallas Texas and I got a call for rank of -- things have really like the stuff in two weeks later -- -- Geffen Records and that must have been unbelievable -- was pretty crazy that is pretty crazy so you -- up going on tour.
Yeah -- and I I got to work with someone musical heroes I -- with Brian McKnight and and that's it wouldn't work -- babyface -- Robin taking these people who are just.
You know -- -- penicillin -- as he is -- earlier that -- low -- -- pop RB is as much comfort zone.
And so you know I got to sit with these people and and and I ended up to -- with Ashlee Simpson for a while opening for her and playing keys for her for awhile and and you know got to be around people like Stevie Wonder and stuff like this in the united sir I don't hear golf course in I -- It's pretty awesome pretty awesome.
So what's so what's it like for somebody who is a Christian singer of the Christian around I would imagine -- very nice young man.
You got on tour -- you know obviously let's let's be honest here we hear all the stories about the tour -- I mean I've you know certainly met some people who come on.
Some of the show's been -- -- we went nuts -- kind of thing what's it like three have been yeah varsity right -- -- -- have much -- that our viewers are much like that you know.
Well what we try to do you know it is bring a positive message you know have some house music that can encourage people -- for me iffy on the -- -- -- very -- live on.
You know I love Steve Martin he's on my idol season you know the comedian and he's hilarious scene I try to incorporate a lot of comedy lot of -- -- -- fun in my shows and and not too serious and -- have a good time and he can do that encourage some people and make some music people can relate to I think our you'll be all right.
There's a reason you're here today because I don't need to bring it to me but since you mentioned Steve Martin and he wrote a buck and he -- my -- with discovery.
Isn't this whole weird circle here right haven't used to be a critic for the Miami -- anyway -- yes so so the -- -- where 1% of us to act exciting experience for you throughout this whole journey that you take -- through music.
I think now just seen people.
You know it's just interest in how -- you for me I wasn't in the Christian music thing for a long time right and I only started doing it because you know -- -- back to Dallas Texas where else from them.
And got back involved in my church and and well it's kind of rededicate my life to that I wrote the song called starry night.
And and I think the coolest thing for me is just to see somebody people kind of dig in a song to relate to -- you know and and a song that I wasn't trying to even I was living in this is a radio song it ended up to be like number one on the.
You're clearly in view and cleaned up the dove awards 2011 -- you want among other titles new artist of the year.
And there's another one that you -- and I think it was like it's something that hadn't been done since like had a.
I female vocalist and new artists in the same year as if it's pretty it's crazy you know and just to even be in the same sense of some his other artists like Chris Tomlin and these people is his site.
Been a blessing to me but see it justice just hear the stories of people that you know.
I have a song called sometimes seven because I come from broken home brother Stanley Cup -- I wrote it about that and just kind go to the forgiveness side of it.
And I've had you know her story don't talk about people you marriages being healed in this stuff and as crazy -- -- Thinkpads for the song in my bedroom so that's the -- So the song we're gonna hear you saying is this a little while -- -- center of it coming a little bit about that yes it's Monday single and it's on the new record the upside of down in the song just speaks about how if for me -- in the Christian -- it's it's how got there through it all -- the good and the bad and is sometimes.
I know it's -- think like when we make mistakes it's like we think the -- like and you know.
Well you're on your own now yeah but that's the you know the -- that I believe there's always there you know and and even in the midst of us making mistakes he doesn't leave our side.
What is the next step for you.
Just two are now nearly a mile nobody can get you get -- to give it to the -- weekend in the life of Chris August for two when you're -- Are well you know right now to look crazy because the album just came out a couple days ago so get a lot of track it's as low grade here now that we all look alike to you that the apple and what's going to.
-- as a website but hey don't I don't.
But you know again the usual thing as your home in on the Christian ministry it's nice because a lot of -- -- on the weekends and their home.
Every week selling this is awesome com home Monday Tuesday Wednesday you know.
Hang -- planes in basketball and then go out on the road and work on the weekends now you say your promise is currently Nashville Nashville Tennessee and what's life like there for -- It's you know as much as I can relax and just bought my first house and so I've just been -- comment I've gone like HDTV on people -- -- Who didn't remodeling bathrooms and you can win the Al redid it I have it's been funded Kerry did -- that and playing golf when I can.
And doesn't -- I sincerely want -- You have not had a chance to meet him I met him once what what was that life.
I don't know what he went -- is a certain that the odds aren't because -- I had just a bit when I grew up I just heard Chuck Berry and Stevie Wonder how like I love this you know and endorsements are coming out I was like this is what I look -- -- -- for some I think -- -- blessings and -- and -- -- -- -- when I -- Stevie Wonder was I was still I was on MTV with Ashlee Simpson and he had his out most come on the same day as hers.
And I looked down -- that he was gonna -- I had no idea militant.
Inside to slow down the hallway here is walking towards me -- -- like and you can't just go up and talk to he's got a hunter yeah people.
But they told a -- a big fan and and he actually stayed after our segment when you go left he stayed just as did this to me because -- hurdles fans nice guy that is a very -- that -- that -- any any other people that event that you just blown away by I mean we're the Brian McKnight is another you know I've been a huge fan isn't Leonardo DiCaprio.
I can't tell that he's won my fair actors that's a random wanna know but you need to be and in that -- singing is you never know who who here's your stuff and this and that and you know you just next thing you know you're.
Mean someone -- collaborations going to be coming up.
-- seen job all I know my dream grub collaborations yeah I got some of those but you know it's harder.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Okay what is your website.
As Chris August music dot com.
Chris August music dot com and we're gonna show that as well but.
You're gonna get -- just get Natalie Mendoza gets up and our studio -- over there we're gonna have the performance of the CBS songs that are out there which is on the album.
Problem can't really call that anywhere can record -- record out -- -- half -- -- the other side and.