Chris Chameleon

Chris Chameleon

 Johannesburg, Gauteng, ZAF
BandPop

Award winning artist, Chris Chameleon has a style all his own and a reputation for mesmerizing audiences with his four octave range and irresistible stage personality. He can take anyone on a musical journey that fuels their aural fantasies and keeps them coming back for more!

Biography

Chris Chameleon is being hailed as a musical phenomenon on the South African music front and abroad. His exceptional four-octave voice and dynamic stage personality have won him rave reviews and a total of 19 impressive awards over the past four years, including two South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and a Medal of Honor from the SA Academy of Science and Arts as well as 2 platinum and 1 gold selling albums and 1 gold selling DVD.

Background in brief

In 1997, Chris Chameleon became the bassist and front man of Boo!, a musically-eclectic threesome that in 7 years acquired a worldwide cult following by performing over 800 gigs in 17 countries, including 14 states in the USA. The band also received a South African Music Award in 2002 for ‘Best Pop Album.’
In 2005, Chris Chameleon embarked on a solo career and has since become one of South Africa’s most successful artists, both on home ground and in the Benelux Countries.

Chris Chameleon released seven solo albums, a new Boo! album and two live albums between 2005 and 2009. Five of these albums were nominated for the prestigious South African Music Awards (SAMA) in the years relevant to the release dates. “7de Hemel” won the SAMA for Best Afrikaans Contemporary Album in 2007 and “Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou” won the SAMA for Best Afrikaans Contemporary Album in 2010. In 2008 ,2009 and 2010 Chameleon was also nominated for the SAMA in the coveted Best Male Artist category.

Chameleon has also released 3 live DVD's up to date. These DVD's perfectly capture why he is renowned for his incredible versatility by moving with remarkable ease between Folk, Contemporary, Rock and Classical, English and Afrikaans.

In August 2007, Chris Chameleon signed a record deal with the premier Dutch independent label, Excelsior Recordings. The album “Ek vir Jou” is being distributed by Excelsior Recordings in the Benelux countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg.)

Chameleon has completed various successful tours in the Benelux Countries over the last three years in prestigious theaters as a solo artist as well as in rock venues with a band. On 18 July 2009 he performed at the 46664 Mandela Day Concert in New York with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Josh Groban.

On average, he performs up to 150 gigs per year to sold out audiences in South Africa, Namibia, Belgium, England, and The Netherlands.

Chris Chameleon has captured the imagination and hearts of fans the world over and will continue to be a pioneering force for South African music globally...
Chris`s latest Ingrid Jonker album As Jy Weer Skryf is an in-depth exemplar of Chris’ evolution as an artist over the past six years. The combination of Chris’ unique vocal capabilities with complex instrumentation gives way to a much richer sound.

With simply a guitar and unusual voice-work, Chris Chameleon has captured the intrigue of fans worldwide and is set to be a pioneering force for South African music in the world ... watch this space!

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Chris Chameleon’s world-class talent has been honoured with various awards over the past six years. These are:

• SAMA Award for Best Afrikaans Contemporary Album – “Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou” 2010
• KANNA Award for Best Male Artist at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in 2009
• INNIBOS Award for Most Popular Production at Innibos 2009
• Huisgenoot Tempo Award for Most Popular Afrikaans Album for “Ek Vir Jou” 2008
• Vonk Award for Best Solo DVD for “Klassieke Chameleon” 2008
• SAMA Award for Best Afrikaans Contemporary Album – “7de Hemel” 2007
• Medal of Honour: Awarded to Chris by the SA Academy of Science and Art for his contribution to Afrikaans Music - 2007
• FAK Award for Exceptional Cultural Achievement - 2007
• VONK Award for Best Male Solo Artist - 2007
• VONK Award for Best Songwriter for STERREDANK - 2007
• KANNA Award for Best Music Theatre Production at KKNK - 2007
• People’s Choice Award for KLASSIEKE CHAMELEON at Aardklop 2007
• Huisgenoot Tempo Award for Favourite Contemporary Artist - 2006
• Vonk Award for Best Male Artist - 2006
• Vonk Award for Best Male Album: “Ek Herhaal Jou” - 2006
• MK89 Award for Best Solo Video “Die Onverkrygbare” - 2006
• MK89 Award for Sexiest Video “Die Onverkrygbare” - 2006
• AMT Award for Best Male Album: “7de Hemel” - 2006
• AMT Award for Best Male video: “Groet” – 2006

Further SAMA nominations included:
* Best Alternative English album for Boo! – The Three of Us 2011
* Best Male Artist – Chris Chameleon 2008, 2009 & 2010
* Album of the Year for “Klassieke Chameleon” - 2009
* Best Afrikaans DVD for “Klassieke Chameleon” - 2009
* Best Afrikaans Contemporary Album for “Klassieke Chameleon” - 2009
* MTN Record of the Year for “Sterredank” - 2009
* Best Male Artist – Chris Chameleon - 2008
* Best Global Chart DVD for “Flight of an Extraordinary Alien” - 2008
* Best Afrikaans Contemporary Album for “Ek Vir Jou” - 2008
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Lyrics

Anywhere

Written By: Chris Chameleon

2) anywhere
anywhere there's sunshine
you'll find me
and anywhere it rains at the right time
you'll find me
and anywhere there's silence
and everywhere there's song

'cause i like these things
and i don't need to prove anything
if it means that i need to be
cynical, cool and feelingless

anywhere near mothers and babies
you'll find me, they're good company
and anywhere 'mongst the leaves and the lovers
you'll find me, naturally
and anywhere near the smile of a neighbour
and everywhere in a home of love

'cause i like these things
and i don't need to prove anything
if it means that i need to be
cynical, cool and feelingless

i'm all for love
i'm all for you girl
i'm all for all the good
the two of us can do girl

i'm all for time
time with you girl
and i'm a fool, just a man
but i'm a fool for you and baby i'm your man.

All of Me

Written By: Chris Chameleon

what if love is a king and the king that i need to crown is in me?
what if i am a half and another half is what i need one to be?
oh my lover! oh my love!

is it music, the key, to the magic in me and my sweet princess?
of the noise that i hear that to which i adhere is the sweet silence.
oh my song! oh my soul!

when i'm in this state i feel the need to state that i'm in an inferno.
of this flame that i bear... i bet the good lord takes care of everything when i go!
oh my fire! oh my life!

does she like me?
yes i think i saw her see you twice!
does she want me?
yes i'm sure she'd like to know the price!
does she need me?
yes, but she would never needy be!
if you want her, all you'd have to say is:
i give you all of me.

Rested Defense

Written By: Chris Chameleon

Want for unheavy I opt for a lighter life
Bottled sun as long as there is not a night
Until the truth comes shining like a light
I best be at rest in your defences

Our un-‘s become our all now that we have been turned around
Fear the unseen conceals all else abound
When all is free the king need not be under crown
I best be at rest in your defences

Somewhere in your arms
near your heart
where the beat keeps the secret
keeping it from evil
Somewhere in your eyes
where the wise and fools seek asylum
keep us from violence of lies

Morning is Broken

Written By: Chris Chameleon

Fear the naked blade that cuts the souls of the afraid.

Love the shining sword, that wounds the Night to bleed a new Dawn

And I'm bleeding, I've been feeding the flames that forge this cursed toil

Yes, I'm weaving the wreathing strains that make this mortal coil.

Till the end of the night, my only guiding light. Is this fire in my heart, the love I got from the start? Love, from the Darkness I've come from. Love, from the Darkness I've come from.(x2)

Let The Light shine through,let The Light shine in you.

Till the end of the night, my only guiding light, is this fire in my heart, the love I got from the start?

Caught in the crossfire in the war of words. These words of war are the worms at the core of the fruit of Truth I have hunted for.

Till the end of the night, my only guiding light. Is the fire in my heart the Love I got from the start? Love from the darkness I've come from. Love from the Darkness I've come from.

Days Like This

Written By: Chris Chameleon

and though love is unstoppable
unstoppable like a runaway train
i know not where these tracks are leading me
but leading me i do believe they are indeed

lord, there'll be days like this when music rescues me

and though love is our destiny
this destiny definately is not easily achieved
and when we're cured from the enemy
the enemy that is the hate in you and the hate in me

lord, there'll be days like this when music rescues me

and when it comes that you and you and me
can have our dreams our deepest dreams unfold so we
can see what it was that contrary
to what we are we once were but wanted not to be

lord, there'll be days like this when music rescues me

Minutes to Midnight

Written By: Chris Chameleon

i wish that i could say for sure
don't know when i'll be coming home
i'm al tied up, no time on my side

i never spent enough time with you
and it's funny how there isn't anything that i'd rather do
than hold you tonight

and there's a strong wind
driving rain it comes in waves
it's tearing us apart

minutes to midnight
i can't tell if i'll make it home
minutes to midnight
don't make me face this night alone baby

baby she's been hurting oh
and we have taken her for all
we can long after we had had enough

and now that she won't give no more
we've turned on each other for
the hollows we were meant to fill with love

this fire and terror are not human nature
our new nature become

minutes to midnight
i can't tell if i'll make it home
minutes to midnight
don't make me face this night alone baby

when money and the fear have taken all that's dear
that's when we know for certain
all the values that we have for feit
now we know there's no value in possessions

minutes to midnight
i can't tell if i'll make it home
minutes to midnight
don't make me face this night alone baby

Discography

TItle: CD - As Jy Weer Skryf
Release date: June 2011
Released by: Rhythm Records (SA)
Singles with airplay: Ek Het Gedink, Elke Man Het 'n Kop

Title: CD - The Three of Us (Boo!)
Release date: 2010
Released by: Boo! (independently)

Title: CD - Live at the Folkwoods Festival
Release date: October 2009
Released by: Chameleon Productions (self-release)

Title: CD - Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou
Release date: 04 April 2009
Released by: Rhythm Records (SA)
Singles with airplay: Ek Kan nie Wag Nie, Eiland, Muur, Apie, Altyd Tuis

Title: CD - Made Available
Release date: 01 October 2008
Released by: Chameleon Productions (self-release)
Videos with airplay: All of Me

Title: CD - Klassieke Chameleon
Release date: 17 April 2008
Released by: Rhythm Records
Videos with airplay: OOAA, Die Onse Vader, Days Like This

Title: DVD - Klassieke Chameleon
Release date: 22 March 2008
Released by: Rhythm Records
Videos with airplay: OOAA, Die Onse Vader, Days Like This

Title: DVD - Flight of an Extraordinary Alien
Release date: 17 November 2007
Released by: Rhythm Records
Videos with airplay: Machine, Pop Val Stukkend

Title: CD - Ek Vir Jou
Sales Status: GOLD
Release date: 16 July 2007
Released by: Rhythm Records (RSA) and Excelsior Recordings (NL, BE, LUX)
Singles with airplay: Klein Klein Jakkalsies, Eerste Ogopslag, Epiloog

Title: CD - Shine
Release date: 6 June 2006
Released by: Rhythm Records
Singles with airplay: Blue, Shine, Anywhere, Machine, Nothing, Mind Made Up

Title: CD - 7de Hemel
Sales status: DOUBLE PLATINUM
Release date: 6 June 2006
Released by: Rhythm Records
Singles with airplay: Droomland, Reis, Sterredank, Groet, Vlerke

Title: DVD - Volkleur
Sales status: GOLD
Release date: October 2005
Released by: Rhythm Records
Videos with TV airply: My Pop Val Stukkend, As Jy Slaap, Die Onverkrygbare

Title: CD - Ek Herhaal Jou
Sales status: PLATINUM
Release date: June 2005
Released by: Rhythm Records
Singles with airplay: Ek Herhaal Jou, Jy't My Gekierang, Die Onverkrygbare, Korreltjie Sand

Title: Boo! Compilation
Release date: December 2003
Released by: Stage Magazine

Title: CD - TNTLC
Release date: 28 March 2006
Released by: Boo! (independently)
Singles: Come, Can't, Noel, Room

Title: CD - Shooting Star
Release date: 24 January 2002
Released by: Boo! (independently)
Singles: Boo!ble
**Winner of "Best Pop Album" at South African Music Awards 2002

Title: CD - Naughties
Release date: June 2000
Released by: Boo! (independently)
Singles: Champion, Avrocado Pair

Title: CD - 3Boo!dists
Release date: 9 November 1999
Released by: Boo! (independently)
Singles: Stagefright

Title: CD - Pynapl
Release date: 4 December 1998
Released by: Boo! (independently)
Singles: OOAA, Lucki

Title: Banana Flava (live cassette)
Release date: April 1998
Released by: Boo! (independently)

Title: Duv Mafia
Release date: 1995
Released by: Chris Chameleon (independently)

Title: Blue Chameleon
Release date: 1994
Released by: Blue

Set List

Original music only - one set.

The set is normally +/-75 minutes when playing solo and one hour when playing with the band.