Chris is a self-taught guitarist with a unique playing style and sound. Spending his childhood with his family in the Torres Strait Islands, he now resides in Brisbane, Australia, and travels nationally and internationally with his music, as a proud ambassador for his Culture and Country.
His distinctive guitar-tap style and vibrant personality see him in high-demand with gigs across Australia, the USA and ongoing media appearances and documentary features. In 2016 national TV audiences watched Chris make his way thru to the grand finals of ‘Australia’s Got Talent’, and in 2018 saw him on TV weekly as a judge on ‘All Together Now’.
Having played some of Australia’s largest festivals he often surprises crowds with sensational on-stage collaborations. He also represented proudly at G’day LA, G’day USA and in Hawaii, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and returns home to the Torres Straits whenever he can. 2018 also saw an inspired performance and Acknowledgment of Country and People at the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony, collaborating with Colin Hay, Aloe Blacc and many more talented musicians.
2015 was a busy year with the release of his debut EP Ngaw Laag ‘My Home’ and the honour of receiving the National NAIDOC Youth of the Year Award. Since then Chris has been gigging widely, writing and rehearsing for his full-length album which is set for release early 2020, with the first two singles dropping in 2019.
“Monkey & Tortol” is the first taste off the album and is a meaningful track to Chris. It was no question that this had to be the first song to share with its happy island reggae feel. Chris recently played a selection of songs from the album live as part of Australian Music Week and is working on future tour dates to coincide with the album in 2020.
Chris is one of those rare artists who is not only a virtuoso in his musical abilities, but an outstanding cultural leader and role model for so many.
This humble young man’s music, personality and vibe is unforgettable.
CHRIS’ DEBUT EP ‘NGAW LAAG (MY HOME)’ AVAILABLE NOW VIA ITUNES