Christopher Watson is Jahaitian American, born and raised in Tampa, Florida to a Jamaican father and Haitian mother. He attended the University of Miami, graduating in 2012 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Creative Writing. Following The U, he moved to Brooklyn and started his music career. He worked his way up from open-mics to a residency at No Fun Bar in the Lower East Side later that year. In 2013, he found his way to Hollywood as a participant on NBC’s The Voice. After releasing his EP ‘Part of a Man in late 2015, Watson found himself as a regular performer on the NYC Singer/Songwriter scene. He took the show on the road in June 2016 on the Till the Sun Tour, performing along the east coast. He is currently in Los Angeles to turn the city on to his signature style.
His passion for music was first found in singing at a young age with his mother and in church. His earliest musical influences were songwriters Jon Gibson, Stevie Wonder, and DC Talk. He sang in choirs at school and took piano lessons until the age of 11 when he picked up the drums. After all the years of singing and melody, it was the rhythm that brought it together. Through the drum set and marching snare, he was able to explore the different beats of music. It would be until later in college that he learned guitar and how to produce himself.
Christopher’s love for songwriting came out of a college english class assignment where he had to dissect a literary work and convey the larger interpretations. Being an avid fan of lyricists, he chose the song “Hip Hop Saved My Life” by Lupe Fiasco. Through analyzing the multiple layers in that song, he realized the beauty in songwriting. It was the first time he believed that songwriting could save his life. That summer, he wrote his first song and knew it was his form of musical expression.
Watson’s message is clear: love and understanding. His easy-listening sound conveys this truth. The beauty of song is that there is a beginning and end. The best part about enjoying songs is sharing the moment, whether it’s with yourself or at a concert. Stay tuned for Christopher’s second project ‘Ouvert’ that promises to showcase more of his eclectic style.