CHRIS BYRD BIOGRAPHY
"It's always the right time to praise the Lord!" That's the life-governing philosophy of recording artist Chris Byrd. With a music ministry background dating back to his piano and organ church debut at age 5, Chris knows the power of praise...and has learned how to praise the Lord in all situations.
It has been a long road to Chris's current standing in the Gospel industry which includes top ten hits, national radio airplay and a full tour itinerary. Chris married his wife Bridgette when he was 17. Young and struggling, Chris learned to depend on the Lord. He is quick to give the Lord credit for a Godly wife and divine protection. Because of these factors, his calling is entwined with a deep desire to help people. "The Lord has done so much for me, that I want to share with others."
His method of "sharing" was initially learned by watching his musical brothers, one of whom was a songwriter and choir leader.
Chris has had the opportunity to travel many places, and meet many people, such as John P. Kee, who he traveled with and worked as music director for approximately two years, and currently serves as music director for The Rance Allen Group. Working and traveling with Kee, and Allen has taught him a lot about the music business and production. Chris has been growing strong in the area of production, and has to his credit, his First Debut Release Attitude of Praise, (Tyscot Records), 5 Chris Byrd & True Victory Releases titled: Glory, Glory, Hallelujah,(Tyscot Records), Feel Him Movin', Shower Down, and Chris Byrd & True Victory "Live", Next Level, (Pulse Records), Great & Mighty (Minstrel House Music), and From Chris Byrd's Collection Of: Songs In The Key Of Love (Volume I) "Between The Sheets", which is the debut project from Chris Byrd's newly founded record label "Minstrel House Music". Has also produced other artists such as Tressa Boles, Cornell Burton, Jr. & The Holyghost Posse, "Salathiel" Saxophonist, Nikki De' & The Browns, and also "Praisebreak", and "It's In The Praise", featuring: Dr. Pat Mckinstry, Chris Byrd & Davidic Praise released on Tyscot records. Produced with Keith Dobbins & RMC titled "Fill Me", produced with Pastor Rev. Rance Allen and The Rance Allen Group titled: "You Make Me Wanna Dance", and "All The Way", and "The Live Experience". Chris has also written many songs for many gospel recording artist such as: Rance Allen, Keith Dobbins, John P. Kee, Albertina Walker, Edwin Hawkins, Beverly Crawford, Bishop Paul Morton, Donald Malloy, Byron Cage, Bishop Eddie Long, Brian Wilson, Steve Middleton, T.M. Mass Choir, GMWA Mass Choir and Women Of Worship Choir, Gospel Heritage, Freedom, and many more. Chris is also very active in the coorperate industry in which he has written and produced jingles for radio stations such as WAMO (Pittsburg), businesses such as Shoppers World, and Cousins (Detroit), Owens Community College (Perrysburg), and many more.
After the release of Chris Byrd & True Victory's 'Feel Him Movin', many new doors were opened. With the hit songs 'I'll Go' and 'Feel Him Movin', and video was recorded and aired on Dr. Bobby Jones Video Gospel in heavy rotation. As a result, Chris and the Choir has performed at numerous places across the country. Chris has learned to be humble (much like his Mentor, Pastor Rance Allen). With all that God has given to him, he chooses to use his gifts to glorify God.
Chris is currently the Minister of Music at Upton United Methodist Church where Dr. Pat Mckinstry is Pastor. Chris is one of God's chosen modern day Minstrels/Worship Leaders, who has been anointed to impart, to build up, to strengthen, and revive music ministries in our churches, to teach skillfullness in playing instruments in the church and leading worship services, and how to flow in the prophetic anointing, and how to streghthen relationships between Pastor and Min. of Music.
With all the responsibilities of being a husband, father, Minister of Music, singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and responsibilities of a church choir and music department, True Victory Ministries, Studio, Production Co., and Record Label, only with God's help, guidance, and anointing is he able to maintain his victory. Victory is not something that we as Christians are trying to attain. We already have the victory, Jesus gave us the Victory, and all we have to do is maintain our "Victory".