MTM: What year did you leave the St. Louis area and where did you go? Chris: I left STL in 1996 & moved to Colton, CA. (Southern CA. Inland Empire)
MTM: Where are you now, how long have you been there and what church do you serve? Chris: I live in Antioch, CA (Northern CA. Bay Area)
MTM: Who were some of the people/musicians/singers who were influential in your musical upbringing
in the St. Louis area?
Chris: FAMILY INFLUENCES: Marieta Haynes
(my mother, Jeremy Haynes, (my brother), Eric VanZandt (my cousin), the VanZandts: Aunts Rose & Dorothy, Uncles Dwayne,
Ben & Lewis & my uncle Lonnie Tate. STL INFLUENCES: Gregg Haynes & his Band, Chris Butch Woodie, Rob Woodie, Levi
Too King, Mark Johnson, Bishop Henry Phillips, Edgar Peter Madison, Andrew Latchison & the Gospel Harmonizers, The Gospel
Three: James Morgan, Gerald Greenlee & Leroy Burks, Rusty Watson, Dr. Doris Jones Wilson, Dello Thedford, Malcolm Speed,
Kenneth Wallace, David Foote, Kirk Massey & Ben Germany posthumously.
MTM: What are some of the similarities of what you remember about the St. Louis area music scene
and where you are now AND what are some of the major differences?
Chris: Musicians & Singers are the same, regardless of geographic location. The
only difference I've seen is The Bay Area music world actively presents events, concerts & recordings that heavily includes
local & regional artistry. Musicals & Conventions aren't the primary outsource here.
MTM: Tell us about the group "Ethology" and how they came to be. Chris: ETHOLOGY was established in 2013 with the focus of becoming a resident artist support
team for concerts & recordings from the Bay Area. It has further evolved into us being an Artist also. I choose the singers
for #TheCamp to create a visual brand and musical sound that presents as professional & ministry astute. We had the privilege
of serving LIVE as Artist Support for Dorinda Clark Cole and Dasha Moore LIVE & Studio Recordings. We've showcased in
musical tribute for Edwin Hawkins and also The Hawkins Family, which is why we recorded their classic hit "Strange".
MTM: How long did it take you all to complete the new project "Soul Music" from start
to finish? Chris: #SoulMusic was completed in 1.5 years. We took our
time with this project.
MTM: Name the writers, producers, features and players on this new project. Chris: > WRITERS: Rusty Watson, Thomas Whitfield, Walter Hawkins & myself. >
PRODUCERS: Devin Watkins, Yaahn Hunter, Jr. & myself. > FEATURES: Most of the lead vocalists are in Ethology:
Liv Echeverria, Chris Allen, Cymone Haynes, Nique' Harris, Taliah Johnson & Latoya Walton. > GUEST FEATURES: Lena
Byrd Miles, Dasha Moore, Pastor Tatiana Aragon, Louie Lou, Erin Ngeno & Johanna Travis aka Marilyn Shakur. > PLAYERS:
Devin Watkins, Eric Garcia, Dante Roberson, Tonee Jones, David Jackson, Yaahn Hunter, Marcus Phillips, Marcus McCauley, Nate
Mercereau, Cremaine Booker, Holly Rachel, Jarriel Carter, Rolando Morales, Erick Walls, Jabari Johnson, Gregg Haynes, Rob
Woodie, Jeremy Haynes & myself.
MTM: What is one of the major lessons you have learned since forming this group as it pertains
to the music business? Chris: "Maintain your blueprint": vision,
intent, sound, prayer life & Bible study regardless of the increasing calls & invitations 2 sing or record...these
don't occur b/c U gain popularity, they happen b/c U maintained your blueprint!
MTM: What's the most difficult part of leading a music group? Chris:
Solidifying consistent collective schedules. ETHOLOGY is a production team, not a community ensemble, so the times when we're
all together working & recording is Sheer Bliss.
MTM: What's your short term goals for yourself and Ethology? Chris:
Enhance musicality via our productions, draw people to a compelling, covenant, active relationship with Jesus via our ministry
and foster other artists' working relationships that allows ETHOLOGY to fulfill its purpose.
Ethology's new song Shadow Safety (feat. Lena Byrd Miles)
their new project "Soul Music". CLICK HERE to go to page to purchase project.
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