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Chris Bates

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Described as New Zealand’s "pop prince" by his peers, Chris Bates is a 22-year-old singer known for his silky smooth vocals and intricate pop melodies. His influences range from artists such as Charlie Puth, Bruno Mars and John Mayer, to older artists like Phil Collins.

Hailing from a childhood background of classical violin, much to his mother’s dismay Bates made the switch to pop music at age 13. "It’s my Dad’s fault." Bates remembers long family car trips in which they would listen to his dad’s pop CDs. It was during these years that Bates grew a deep love for songwriting and pop music.

He began writing a string of songs that he performed at open mic nights around Auckland, testing the waters. Entering a variety of competitions including Smokefree Rockquest and busking regularly, Bates started to become known in the Auckland music scene. In 2015 he was recognised with the Rising Star Award from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand, joining winners including Annie Crummer, Lizzy Marvelly and Lisa Crawley.

Opening for artists such as Paige, Bates’ ability to impress a crowd with his upbeat yet relatable tunes is much loved. He released his debut single Say the Word online in late 2018. The track was produced by EDY. Bates’ partnership with EDY has been such since the pair met at Auckland University. Bates’ pop sensibilities are well matched with EDY’s darker pop, R&B infused production.

Bates has been releasing music ever since, and recently released his debut EP 'they don't know a thing about me'. Another EP to sequel the latter is on its way this year.

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