Chris Chism is the Contemporary Music Director at Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas. Chris is a talented singer/songwriter, who has a natural way of crossing cultural and generational barriers to reach people through his music. Over the last few years, he has used his gospel upbringing, along with his own personal life experiences, to compose and perform uplifting and inspirational music, such as his popular “Don’t Stay There.” The single “Don’t Stay There” was released on April 30, 2016 in a concert with national recognized YouTube sensation Steve Grand and was followed up by a music video. In his words, “The deeply personal song, especially the second verse addresses issues such as insecurity and depression. Issues that everyone can relate to on some level.” The song also alludes to addiction, apathy, and even touches on suicide with the lyric “don’t cheat us out of the ending.” Chris released his second single, “Deadbolt” in 2017, which has become a popular dance tune. Two new originals, “Visible” and “Love Me”, followed in 2018.
Chris has performed for audiences around country and has made musical appearances with Yolanda Adams, at the nation’s capital for the National Global Peace Festival, Capital Pride in Washington, DC, and Deep Ellum Arts Festival. As a recognized musician, he has performed for numerous charity events, such as The Trevor Project and Black Tie Dinner, sharing the stage with artists like Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. Chris has been named Dallas’ Best Musician and Best Local Singer by the Dallas Voice, and is currently working on an album for 2019. Combining music and message to affirm life and hope, Chris continues to inspire others to find their passion and place in the world.