One may never know where or when a breakout musical act will sprout, but Christopher Worth has taken the time to become a self-made budding musical star in his own right.
Christopher Worth or as he is musically known as, WORTH, didn’t start singing until he was 20 years old. The Portland, Oregon native stated, “It was almost like it came overnight.” Soon enough the Harvard graduate found himself auditioning for musicals and plays on the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus, and eventually landed a part in a college rendition of West Side Story. The interest and passion were both present, as Worth began devoting his time to rehearsals and even undertaking sessions with a vocal coach to hone his skills. Worth even admitted, his abilities as a vocalist and performer expanded into something he never expected.
Worth said, “Since I was young I’d always been fascinated by the stage and performance…it wasn’t until college that I got to really explore this, and that’s when my voice came. I wanted to be an actor before I was a singer.” Soon enough, those two roles would swap places. By his senior year he had joined an a cappella group, as well as starred as the male lead in several musicals, and begun writing songs.
Upon graduating from Harvard, Worth pursued opportunities as a singer/songwriter in his hometown of Portland, as well as the nearby northern California bay area. He didn’t truly find his home musically, however, until he met the future members of the band and musicians in NIYAH (Now Is All You Have) in 2007. Worth plays keys and sings in the band as well as collaborating on songwriting and composition.
Although Worth’s solo work is his most rewarding efforts musically. Perhaps, his work is not as rewarding financially, but the pursuit of happiness is ever-present. Often times Worth can be found on the street corner busking for artistic grounding. Most of us would walk right past and ignore the typical musician on the street, playing an acoustic guitar, or maybe a violin, standing behind a tip jar that is less than halfway full. For Worth, his words are as humble as can be, “There’s nothing like playing on a street corner day in and day out to get you into shape and ground you as an artist.”
Worth describes his solo music as “bohemian blues hop,” but what about his overall sound and performance? “I like to think of myself as equally a singer, instrumentalist, songwriter, and performer and I try not to be limited by any definition of genre. It’s all music.”
The music Worth plays, alongside respected bucket drummer Phil Bondy, isn’t for the average passer-by on the street, he has built up a large enough fan base to raise over $20,000 on Kickstarter, and record a studio version of his street corner blues hop. Last month the fruits of his labor were released for the masses, as his first solo album Six Foot Soul hit the masses.
And, when Six Foot Soul was released, listeners didn’t just receive a rough draft EP or the typical ten or 12 songs of a generic album these days. Worth debuted with 24-studio tracks, including a rarity on albums these days, the ever-dwindling instrumental interlude. With all of that material, one is bound to find something that meshes with their musical styles.
Check out Worth’s full track listing for Six Foot Soul, the soundcloud stream below, as well as an official video for “Caught Up”. Enjoy!
WORTH – Six Foot Soul
1.) Six Foot Soul, Pt. I
2.) Come Out Into the Light
3.) Caught Up
4.) Don’t Sweat It
6.) Never There
8.) Six Foot Soul, Pt. II
9.) Captain Finger
10.) Out to Sea
12.) Medicine for the People
13.) No Right
15.) Six Foot Soul, Pt. III
16.) The Fog W/ Lynx
17.) Broken City
18.) The River Mystic
19.) Rain Cover
20.) Space Bar
Article By: Kris Siuta
Watch: Worth’s official music video for “Caught Up”