Ask the Artist: Chris August

By   •   April 24, 2014

Chris August

On Saturday May 10, Chris August will hold his first An Evening at The Cove in Asheville, N.C.

The popular concert series features well-known artists who are passionate about the Gospel. Concerts include a gourmet dinner and are held at the peaceful, mountainous Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.

Click here for tickets to Chris August’s An Evening at the Cove.

Click here to learn more about other upcoming concerts featuring David Phelps, Mark Schultz, Rend Collective, Fernando Ortega and others.

With the Chris August concert quickly approaching, we asked BGEA Facebook and Twitter followers what they would like to know about the Texas native, whose songs like “Starry Night,” “Center of It” and “Restore” have made him a household name in the world of Christian radio and beyond.

Below are five questions for Chris and his answers.

Q: When did you first realize that you wanted to go into music?
A: Well, my dad always played music so I’ve been around it since a very young age. I always loved writing songs, but it wasn’t until I was 15 when I really started taking it seriously and practicing every day.

Q: What is your most memorable experience from your travels?
A: That’s a great and difficult question. As far as my ministry goes, the most memorable time for me was getting to open for Big Daddy Weave and having all of us pray over people each and every night. It really opened my eyes to the power of prayer, and was a great reminder why I do what I do.

Q: Your “Cooking with Chris” YouTube videos have thousands of views and have featured what some are calling “groundbreaking” use of the microwave. What made you want to start a food show, and do you ever cook with a stove?
A: I think I was just being random and silly one day and mentioned that I was going to record a food show where I cooked funny stuff. I definitely didn’t expect people to enjoy it so much. I get asked at almost every concert if I’m going to make more, and the answer is yes. As far as the stove goes, I’m getting better at using one and I’m really thinking it might be time to let it get some camera time on the next “Cooking with Chris.”

Q: Will you share a little about how you became a believer?
A: I grew up with the “beliefs,” but I didn’t fully understand them until I was about 15. A girl in my Spanish class invited me to her youth group that met on Sunday nights. After noticing there was free pizza, I decided this was a good place to be. After a handful of weeks, and hearing the Gospel being presented, I started to understand what it all meant, and I gave my life to Christ.

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: I don’t currently have any pets because I’m on the road so much, but I had a bunch while growing up. My first pet was a dog named Oscar. I was really young but I remember wrestling with him every day. I also had a bunny, a couple birds, hamsters, more dogs and a couple cats. I have an older brother and a younger sister so those animals weren’t just for me. That would have been too much pet maintenance for me!

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