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Chris Rice – Biography of Christian Singer / Songwriter Chris Rice


Chris Rice

Chris Rice

Courtesy of: INO Records

Chris Rice Biography:

Chris Rice grew up in Maryland as the second of four sons to bookstore owners. As a teen he took three years of piano lessons, but his dream wasn't to go into a career in music. While earning a a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Communication, he started leading retreats and youth camps in his church youth group. It was such a natural fit that he found himself moving in that direction on a more permanent basis.

In 1996 Chris was signed to Rocketown Records due to his skill as a lyricist, but his musical abilities soon came to light and in '97 he released his debut project, Deep Enough to Dream. Chris released seven more albums under the Rocketwon umbrella before leaving in 2005. '05 saw him move to Eb+Flo / INO Records, where he released Amusing later that year.

Since 2009, things have been quiet for Rice. None of his sites, (official site, MySpace and blog) have been updated since late 2008 and no one seems to know what he is up to.

Chris Rice Quick Facts:

  • Chris was born and raised in Maryland.
  • He is the second of four sons born to Christian bookstore owners.
  • He took piano lessons as a teen but didn’t dream of a career in music.
  • Chris attended Union University in Jackson, TN.
  • Chris was the first artist that Rocketown Records signed.

Chris Rice News & Notes:

Chris Rice Discography:

Chris Rice Awards:

  • 2002 - Dove Award nominee for Instrumental Album of the Year - Living Room Sessions: Hymns
  • 2000 - Dove Award nominee for Recorded Music Packaging
  • 1999 - Dove Award winner for Male Vocalist of the Year and for participation in Special Event Album of the Year - Exodus
  • 1998 - Nominated for six Dove Awards, including New Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year

Chris Rice Songwriting Credits:

  • “Welcome to Our World” recorded by Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant
  • “Hallelujahs,” “Missing You” and “Go Light Your World” recorded by Kathy Troccoli
  • “And Your Praise Goes On” recorded by John Tesh

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