Some people are just born to sing. It’s as if their paths were pre-written, and it was only a matter of time until they wholeheartedly embraced that inherent gift. Singer and songwriter Chris Jamison began honing his talent relatively early—in middle school to be exact. Growing up a triplet in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, he immersed himself in musical theater, performing as part of various groups and learning all of the Broadway standards inside and out.
“That gave me an incredible foundation,” he remarks. “I got to learn what my voice could do, and I wanted to sing all the time. It also showed me how hard I had to work, and that was invaluable.”
While attending Capital University in Ohio, he split his time between studying and marathon acoustic gigs at local restaurants and bars, drawing on influences ranging from Jason Mraz to Justin Timberlake. Despite “playing it safe” and pursuing a business degree, Chris jumped at the opportunity to audition for the seventh season of NBC’s The Voice, leaving college in the rearview.
“I had no expectations, and it ended up changing my entire life,” he smiles, especially remembering the moment all four coaches turned and he had his pick for coach.
With Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine as his coach, he eventually finished third as Pharrell Williams claimed, “Chris Jamison to me was nothing short of magical!” His debut single “Velvet” impressively moved over 77,000 digital downloads during its first-week of release as he eventually racked up over 400,000 sales, making him “one of the best-selling artists in the show’s history.”
His signature sound immediately enchants. Merging a pop palatability, blue-eyed soul, and an inimitable energy, he brings each song to life with swagger and style. “It’s pop, but it’s got more soul and meaning behind it,” he explains. “To me, it’s important not to simply sing a song, but to pour as much emotion into it as I can and really connect. It’s what I do.”
His debut EP titled “I Am Chris Jamison” was released on August 19, 2016 and peaked at #4 on the iTunes Pop Charts.
“I want people to walk away feeling something, whether I’m singing a ballad or a big anthem,” he leaves off. “My number one goal is to bring joy to people through the music I create, with the gift that I’ve been blessed with!