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You have an unusual name, tell us more about it?

My birth name is Christopher Grant, known commonly as Chris. When I decided to embark on the gospel music journey, I prayed for confirmation of the name I should use.

Whilst studying the Word of God I came to the scripture 2 Corinthians 5:20, which states: “We are ambassadors for Christ”. I realised that my ministry was to represent Christ, and take the gospel wherever I am lead to; therefore I became ‘Chris Da Ambassada’.

Do you consider yourself an Ambassador?

Yes, as I believe my mission is special and I have been chosen to represent Christ and spread the gospel to the world.

Where was your music 5 years ago and where will it be in the next 5 years?

In 2011 I was writing songs in preparation to launch my music ministry. As I had been a secular artist for many years prior to this, I was getting inspiration and going through a time of change in order to be ready for my mission. Having released an EP and debut album since then, and constantly writing and working on new material, I expect to have a wider catalogue of music recognised worldwide by 2021.

Who is your main influence?

As a secular artist I was greatly influenced by Beenie Man and my older brother who is also a reggae artist. As a Christian, Prodigal Son, Papa San and DJ Nicholas became huge influences on my music. I was also inspired by Grammy Award-winning artists like Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin.

How can the MOBO organisation advance your career?

Being recognised by Mobo would be a great platform to both display my music and create awareness of my ministry.

Tell us about a peak time in your music journey?

Between 2014 and 2015, I won Reggae Artist of the Year for both Prosperity Awards and Gospel Xplosion Music Media Awards (GXMMA). This was a great achievement for me, as I had not yet released my debut album and was new to the scene.

How many albums have you released and how are they received?

So far I have released one debut album titled “Changes” (July 2015), which has a collection of 15 songs. This has been greatly received and supported both locally and internationally. My music has been played on most of the UK’s radio stations including Premier Gospel, Soulcure, New Style Radio and GFM 96.6 to name a few. Internationally, songs from my album have reached chart positions of both 1 and 2 in ATL Praise House - Atlanta, USA. My music is played widely in Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Miami and Europe.

What would you consider to be your signature song?

My track called “More Than a Conqueror” is my signature song, as it has been a great hit in the UK and received requests by promoters and radio DJ’s locally and internationally. This track was also my first official music video, which has been played on BEN TV (Sky).

Do you have a manager, agent or are you signed to a record label?

I am currently unsigned and working independently with my own team.

How would you describe your market niche and are you looking to expand?

I am well known and recognised in the Gospel, Reggae music arena, and am hoping to expand to a wider audience by regularly producing varied styles of music and staying current. I also want to stand out and be different to other artists, creating a unique personal brand.

To find out more information on Chris Da Ambassada, please visit: http://www.chrisdaambassada.com

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Steve Alexander Smith

Last modified on Thursday, 09 June 2016 08:57
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