Introducing Chris Classic
American Music Award winner Chris Classic is a multi faceted artist and songwriter. Born in Hempstead, NY, Classic began writing poetry influenced by Shel Silverstein at the age of 8. An eighth grade English class assignment influenced him to write his first rap. This would be his first, because in his Jehovah’s Witness household, rap music and especially the idea of him rapping was not an option. However his success in his school project began a cycle of hip hop music’s influence in his future.
He left college early to help his uncle-in-law pen lyrics for his own album Crown Royal where he got the chance to meet and work with artists like Nas, Kid Rock, Third Eye Blind, Jermaine Dupri, Jagged Edge, and Sugar Ray. From there he met Ali Dee of Deetown Entertainment, his current producer and creative partner. Ali Dee was able to mentor Classic’s songwriting path, with the likes of LFO and O Town. He was also under the guidance of Jam Master Jay who believed in Chris’s talent and was working on a record deal for Classic before his murder in 2002. Ali Dee made a transition to JSM Music and brought Chris along. JSM Music at the time was one of the top music houses in America. The magic of Ali, Classic and JSM led to the creation of several ads for huge clients like the NBA, McDonalds, Sprint, Chevrolet and Dodge.
Since then, Classic, via DeeTown has been able to record songs for the themes of TV shows, and movie soundtracks or placements for over 40 movies including Transformers, Fantastic Four, Night at The Museum, Coach Carter, Sex and The City, Speed Racer and Friday the 13th. They are the proud writers and producers behind the surprise hit Alvin & The Chipmunks Soundtrack which is RIAA Certified Platinum and a winner of the 2008 American Music Award for Favorite Soundtrack. The movie, in which Classic makes an appearance has grossed over $360 million dollars world wide. Christmas of 2009 saw the release of the Alvin Squeakquel in which they also produced the music for film and soundtrack once again. It earned $77 million its first week and the the soundtrack is at 250,000 copies sold. In 2010, he will be working on several new movies, including Disney’s next big hit, Starstruck. He will also release his first album along with a collaborative effort with his group, New Terrace Heights.