To kick off Black Music Month, we wanted to highlight someone that captivates an array of audiences, from young to old to prude and vibrant. Ohio native Christon Gray has been climbing his way up the musical ladder with his soulful, upbeat lyrics and gaining new fans across the globe. This young, energetic artist is multi-talented and has been blessed with the gifts to sing, write, rao and produce songs that reach a transcultural demographic, from the Gospel world, to the Soulful R&B/Neo-Soul world, to the Hip-Hop world. However, with his inspirations that range from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Lauryn Hill to The Roots, Nora Jonesand Coldplay, it is only evident that his sound would sound the way that it does.
In 2006, he entered the Christian Rap sub-genre writing, rapping, singing and producing with the rap group, Elevationists. While working on their first album, a large demand for their music became apparent in the Midwest. The Necessary LP was released in May 2007. His debut solo album entitled, Even With Evil With Me, released July 2011 and is available on iTunes.
Christon has also been featured on label mate, Swoppe‘s, Wake Up album; Lecrae’s Church Clothes and Church Clothes 2 mixtapes; and Andy Mineo’s Heroes for Sale. He is part of the collective WLAK ––We Live As Kings—with the self titled album,WLAK, which released March 5, 2013, debuting at #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap chart, #1 overall album iTunes Chart, #1 Billboard Gospel Chart, #6 Billboard Christian Album Chart, #7 Billboard Rap Album Chart, and #81 Billboard top 200 chart.
Gray recently released his highly anticipated debut album under Collision Records, entitled School of Roses on March 25th, debuting on the iTunes charts #1 overall, #1 R&B and #5 on the Billboard R&B chart, #9 Independent, #9 R&B/Hip-Hop, #13 Digital Albums Overall and #44 Billboard 200.