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"It's always the right time to praise the Lord!" That's the life-governing philosophy of recording artist/producer/songwriter/singer/preacher/author Chris Byrd. With a music ministry background dating back to his piano and organ church debut at age 5, Chris knows the power of praise...and has learned how to praise the Lord in all situations. Chris accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the age of 12 years old. He received his call to the ministry of preaching the gospel in 1990 under the leadership of Pastor Rance Allen, and served as a Lay Minister and Minister of Music at the New Bethel COGIC.
Chris has been growing strong in the area of production, and has to his credit, his First Debut Release Attitude of Praise, (Tyscot Records), 7 Chris Byrd & True Victory Releases titled: Glory, Glory, Hallelujah,(Tyscot Records), Feel Him Movin', Shower Down, and Chris Byrd & True Victory "Live", Next Level, (Pulse Records), Great & Mighty (Minstrel House Music), Vertical Worship (Minstrel House Music), and From Chris Byrd's Collection Of: Songs In The Key Of Love (Volume I) "Between The Sheets", (Minstrel House Music), The Minstrel's Journey (Minstrel House Music), “Vessel” (Minstrel House Music). Chris has also written and published his first book titled: “Vertical Worship” A Guide To Becoming More Effective Musicians, Singers and Worship Leaders, and the latest CD titled: "Diversified" which marks the "Silver Anniversary Recording" celebrating 25years of music and ministry, and features collaborations with artist such: Bishop Rance Allen, Bishop Pat McKinstry, Jurney, The Heavenaires, and True Victory!
Chris has also produced other artists such as Tressa Boles, Paul Porter, Cornell Burton, Jr. & The Holyghost Posse, "Salathiel" Saxophonist, Nikki De' & The Browns, "Priscilla", Pastor Juanita Crump, Mic Sav, Brian Hurst, Myrna Allen-Austin, and also “Praisebreak”, and “It’s In The Praise”, featuring: Dr. Pat Mckinstry, Chris Byrd & Davidic Praise released on Tyscot records, and Dr. Pat McKinstry “It’s A New Day”, "In The Prayer Garden" and "A Prayer Of A Preacher For The Preacher". Produced with Keith Dobbins & RMC titled "Fill Me", produced with Pastor Rev. Rance Allen and The Rance Allen Group titled: "You Make Me Wanna Dance", (Stellar Award Nominated) “All The Way”, and (Grammy Nominated) "The Live Experience", and the (Stellar Award Winning CD) "Closest Friend", and “The Live Experience II”, (which has won multiple Stellar Awards), “Amazing Grace”, and the latest CD titled: "Celebrate" (which has also won multiple Stellar Awards). Chris has also written many songs for many gospel recording artist such as: Rance Allen, Keith Dobbins, Albertina Walker, Beverly Crawford, Dr. Leonard Scott, Byron Cage, Bishop Eddie Long& New Birth, Donald Malloy, Paul Porter, Elaine Norwood, Genita Pugh, Brian Hurst, Brian Wilson, Steve Middleton, T.M. Mass Choir, Brian Courtney Wilson, GMWA Women Of Worship Choir, Gospel Heritage, GMWA "Tampa Experience", Bishop Paul Morton, Freedom, and many more. Written, Composed and Produced the official fight song for Dr. Romules Durant and the Toledo Public School District "TPS Proud". Chris is also very active in the corporate industry in which he has written and produced jingles for radio stations such as WAMO (Pittsburg), businesses such as Shoppers World, and Cousins (Detroit), Owens Community College (Perrysburg), and many more.
Chris has traveled nationally and internationally preaching the gospel and ministering in music. In the ministry of music Chris has had the opportunity to travel many places, and meet many people, such as John P. Kee, who he traveled with and worked as music director for approximately two years, and currently serves as music director and producer for The Rance Allen Group. Working and traveling with Kee, and Allen has taught him a lot about the music business and production.
After the release of Chris Byrd & True Victory's 'Feel Him Movin', many new doors were opened. With the hit songs 'I'll Go' and 'Feel Him Movin', and video was recorded and aired on Dr. Bobby Jones Video Gospel in heavy rotation. As a result, Chris and the Choir has performed at numerous places across the country. Chris has learned to be humble (much like his Mentor, Pastor Rance Allen). With all that God has given to him, he chooses to use his gifts to glorify God.
Chris has received a Bachelors Degree of Biblical Studies from McKinstry Midwest College of Theology. Chris is currently the Minister of Music at Worship Center Church where Dr. Pat Mckinstry is Pastor. Chris is one of God's chosen modern day Minstrels/Worship Leaders, who has been anointed to impart, to build up, to strengthen, and revive music ministries in our churches, to teach skillfulness in playing instruments in the church and leading worship services, and how to flow in the prophetic anointing, and how to strengthen relationships between Pastor and Min. of Music. Chris's current standing in the Gospel industry which includes top ten hits, national radio airplay and a full tour itinerary.
Chris was married to his wife Bridgette at the age of 17, and they have two wonderful children Brionna and Brittney. He is the founder of True Victory Ministries,
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