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Chris Acker


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1996 - Group: Black Diamond
Album: True Life Experience (BMG / Street Level)
(Lead songwriter/producer)
- Four singles released on national and regional radio
- Two TOP 5 charting singles on national radio
- Nominated for a South African Music Award (best pop act)
- Singles included on three Gold selling BMG Compilations
- Regarded by the S.A music industry as the band that received the most airplay in South Africa.

1997 - Group: Black Diamond
Single: Me and My Friends (BMG)
Lead songwriter
- Received national / regional airplay
- Single included on Gold selling BMG Compilation

2000 - Group: Semisane
Album: A Life Less Strange (BMG)
Lead songwriter
- Four singles released on national radio
- Three Number 1 Top Forty hits on National radio
- Chart topping success on many major regional stations.
- Album released in Germany (BMG)
- Several singles included on several BMG and other record company compilations.
- Regarded by the media as a “landmark South African album of critical acclaim”

2002 - Group: Semisane
Big Brother 1 Single: Life (BMG / Endemol)
Lead songwriter/co-producer
- Big Brother 1 theme song for South Africa.
- Received a South African Music Award (Best Pop Single)
- Achieved platinum sales
- Included on “HECTIC” compilation selling in excess of 100 000 units.
- Reached number 1 on National radio as well as many major regional stations.
- Music video shot in the Big Brother House

2003 –Group: Semisane
Album: Room to Breathe (BMG / Musketeer)
Lead songwriter/producer
- Three singles released still receive extensive airplay on most South African stations.
- Single included on Big Brother 2 compilation “HECTIC”.

2004 - Cherry Pie Records
- Head of artist development for Cherry Pie Records
- Head Producer/engineer Boomcat Studio.

2004 – Group: Semisane
Single: You Don’t Know (Cherry Pie Records)
Lead songwriter/producer
- Chart climbing single on national radio with second single receiving extensive airplay on regional stations.

2004 - Group: The Hush
Single: Communicate (Cherry Pie Records)
Lead songwriter/producer
- Requested by the South African Autism Society to write a theme song as part of their drive towards the World Autism Conference in 2006.

2005 - Group: The Hush
Album: Woodside Road (Cherry Pie Records)
Lead songwriter/producer
- Album set for release in 2005.

2006 - Great Amenican Song Contest
Song: Fly
- Received an Honor Award


Feeling a bit camera shy


I have been professionally involved in the South African music industry since 1994 as a songwriter, performer and producer.

I was the lead songwriter / guitarist in two of South Africa’s most successful groups namely, Semisane and Black Diamond, and have achieved many milestones over the last 10 years within these groups. These successes include being the opening act for groups such as Westlife, SavageGarden, Roxette and Shaggy.

My biggest achievements to date are being selected to write the theme song for Big Brothers first series in South Africa as well as having an album released in Germany (BMG). I have also received a South African Music Award (SAMA) for best pop single and a nomination for best South African Pop Act.

To date I have had three number one hit singles on South Africa’s largest radio station: 5FM, with a further four reaching respectable positions on its TOP 40 charts. I have also had 10 singles charting on major regional stations with many topping these charts. In 2006 I received an Honor Award in the Great American Song Contest.

I have a wide range of styles in which I write, but have focused mainly on the pop and rock genre. The importance of radio-friendly material has always been the cornerstone of my writing style. Prior to coming to the U.K, I was head of artist development for Cherry Pie Records in South Africa.

I am currently in the U.K pursuing my songwriting career with parties who can manage my writing interests in the advertising and original artists world, as well as further the success of my current catalogue.

If you are interested in further information / material, or would like to discuss the furthering of these interests, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Chris Acker