Christopher Ames

Christopher Ames

 Liverpool, New York, USA
BandPopChristian

A genuine storyteller and accomplished musician-Christopher Ames will surely entertain your audience with his humble nature, his heartwarming stories, and music that will truly take you on a journey of life and love! A perfect artist for events catering to ALL-AGES!

Biography

For many years Christopher Ames has been cutting through the issues that can divide and distract us. But the commitment to his faith, and to his family, allows him to find light in everyday challenges.

Christopher Ames uses his music to get to the heart of faith and to tell the story of his journey thus far. He's a simple guy. An earthly guy. A loving husband. A dad... But when he's performing the music that comes from the depths of his soul...you feel like he's your best friend too! Perhaps this is the reason why he was chosen as Favorite Acoustic Rock Artist of the Year at the 2005, 2008 and 2009, 2010 KCCM Awards, Songwriter of the Year at the 2006 and 2009 KCCM Awards and ARTIST of the Year at the 2006 KCCM Awards. Christopher Ames was the first ever recipient of the SPIRIT OF UNITY AWARD presented at the 2006 Indie Momentum Awards in Nashville, TN. Although much of his music is inspired by The Beatles, Phil Keaggy, Randy Stonehill, and John Denver...Christopher Ames puts his own creative mark on his music whether it be an original composition or a cover tune.

Chris blends the raw sounds of an acoustic guitar with honest lyrics born of a life filled with both thorns and grace. "Every life holds places of brokenness and mine is no different. But through grace-we are loved... and our wounds are being tended." These expressions are easily heard in his CD titled BELIEVING BEYOND THE SHADOWS. With music, Chris shows there is a light stronger than any darkness and even when we can't see the light we know we have to hold on and believe. Christopher Ames has been blessed with significant radio success with several tracks from BELIEVING BEYOND THE SHADOWS. Rev David R Grate of the American Christian Music Exchange recognized BILBO and THE BOYS as a top pick song for Father's Day 2005. THE REMNANT also achieved critical acclaim and was a finalist for SONG OF THE YEAR at the 2006 KCCM Awards.

In 2006, Christopher Ames released an instrumental CD titled, TAKE IT IN. This CD is inspired by the quote by Francis of Assisi that reads "Spread the Gospel whenever you can, use words only when necessary." The CD includes original acoustic compositions along with an assortment of traditional hymns and cover tunes with Christopher Ames' arrangements. Whether it is the upbeat pop song titled GROOVY, the celtic flair on REELIN, the laid back sound of TAKE IT IN, or the craftsmanship of Level 3, Christopher's instrumental CD is spiritually rooted in each original tune. In 2007, Christopher Ames received a MOMENTUM AWARD for Instrumental Artist of the Year for his work on TAKE IT IN.

In 2008, Christopher Ames releases his 5th studio recording on the Remnant Music Group label, and industry professionals are calling it “his best CD to date”! EVERYDAY WITH YOU is a cohesive collection of songs that chronicle the journey of life and love in marriage. Stylistically presented with a pop/rock sound, this project is a multi-faceted scrapbook of memories, hopes and dreams. In addition to his own songs, Christopher Ames also has several co-writes with some notables including Bob Halligan Jr of Ceili Rain, and Whiplash Recording Artist, Jill Parr (who helped pen the title track). There is also a new arrangement of a popular wedding song written by John Denver. EVERYDAY WITH YOU is sure to win the hearts of audiences from young adults just starting their journey to those celebrating marriage milestones. Songs from this CD have received recognition in the ISSA Awards (International Singer/Songwriter Awards) and the Songdoor Songwriting Competition.

In 2009, Christopher Ames released LEAD US INTO CHRISTMAS DAY. This upbeat, Christmas radio single is sure to become a classic favorite as it helps remind us all that with each Holiday season HOPE is just around the corner! The song received airplay on 125 radio stations nationwide and in 9 countries internationally.

In addition to his commitment to music, Christopher Ames actively supports the work being done at Remuda Ranch, Ophelia's Place and other National Eating Disorder Awareness organizations. Christopher has a personal testimony with this subject as his own wife has been struggling with an eating disorder for many years. Christopher offers a different perspective on this issue. His thoughts come from the perspective of husband and father and how he has had to deal with this disease in his own family. Many men may choose the path of abandonment, but Christopher shows how commitment can help lead to healing. And much of that healing for him comes through music.

Christopher Ames has an endorsement partnership with BREEDLOVE Guitars.

Lyrics

Bilbo and The Boys

Written By: Christopher Ames

Bilbo And the Boys

Days go slowly from your point of view
Still they go faster than I’d like
You can’t wait to run to all the things your going to do
I just want to hold on to tonight
Can we read a little more…

So let’s plunge into the forest with Bilbo and the boys
Let’s deal with the dragons and play with all your toys
Let’s make cool sounds as we swing our sticks around
Let’s laugh and let’s wrestle and let’s wear each day out

You’ve got dreams for all the things you’re going to do
Me, I’ve got memories to hold
You can’t wait to grow up and run right out my door
Today you turned just seven years old
Can we play a little more…

So let’s plunge into the forest with Bilbo and the boys
Let’s deal with the dragons and play with all your toys
Let’s make cool sounds as we swing our sticks around
Let’s laugh and let’s wrestle and let’s wear each day out

The snow won’t always be this good for packing
So let’s go outside and have a romp
You won’t always be this young and want to spend the day with me
And I don’t want to miss it, I don’t want to miss…

So let’s plunge into the forest with Bilbo and the boys
Let’s deal with the dragons and play with all your toys
Let’s make cool sounds as we swing our sticks around
Let’s laugh and let’s wrestle and let’s wear each day out

music and lyrics by christopher ames

The Remnant

Written By: Christopher Ames

The Remnant

I’m looking for the remnant
Who believe that Jesus lives
Surely I’m not the only one left who believes
That He is who He says He is

And I’m holding with conviction
To a dream within my heart
Of standing arm in arm in a family
That death cannot pull apart, and so…

I’m looking for the remnant
Who are not ashamed to bleed
Those who aren’t afraid to face the laughter and the pain
Those who’ll dare to plant His seed

And I’m remembering with sorrow
All the chances I’ve passed by
So I’m praying for tomorrow
And I’m aiming for the sky and so…

I’m searching for the remnant
Who stand firm on common ground
Individuals who are complete in Christ
But still need each other around

I’m ready for the fire
That turns steel into a sword
As iron sharpens iron
We’ll swear friendship in the Lord and so…

I’m searching for the remnant who believe

music and lyrics: christopher ames

Pictures of Us

Written By: Christopher Ames, Alyson Bleistine

On a westbound train headed for Niagara Falls
Talking to my little boy about the history of us all
‘Tell me Daddy, all about the time when you and Mom were young’

Back at home, I’m still trying to recall
I start to roam and I wind up in the hallway
Spread across the walls is the evidence of how we’ve come so far, in these…

Pictures of us – suit and a wedding gown
Pictures of us – at the ocean as the sun goes down
From here on out, I don’t know what we’ll see
But I know, I know there’ll be pictures of you and me

A thousand words in every 3 x 5
Glossy reminders of our glorious ride
Frozen moments calling out to me from these frames, all these…

Pictures of us – little kids and Halloween
Pictures of us – presents underneath the Christmas tree
From here on out, I don’t know what we’ll see
But I know, I know there’ll be pictures of you and me

Down the road there’ll be so much to see
Things I can’t yet even dream of
Graduations, wedding days and families
And always you, always you, always you and me

Down in the basement, got that slide projector out
Dust off that old screen and take those carousels down
Revisit once again all those places that I never want to leave, all those…

Pictures of us – vacation catastrophes
Pictures of us – funny moments that bring me to my knees
From here on out, I don’t know what we’ll see
But I know, I know there’ll be…

Pictures of us – is that me or is that my dad?
Pictures of us – the worst hairstyle that I ever had
From here on out, I don’t know what we’ll see
But I know, I know there’ll be pictures of you and me

Everyday With You

Written By: Christopher Ames, Jill Parr

Rewind to the first day when I saw you in the crowd
Arrested by your eyes
No mistaking you were beautiful, you were captivating
You just took me by surprise

I pulled out my best, tried to impress you
Be the hero but you said, “Boy, don’t try so hard”

A painted sunset against an autumn sky
You to wipe tears falling from my eye
Take my hand and listen to my heart
All I want is to start everyday with you

Fast forward to that summer when we first realized
We were headed for a vow
I was worried that somehow I had misread your signals
I can laugh about it now

I pulled out the stops, I made reservations
Put on a show and you said, “Boy, just ask me now”

A painted sunset…

I am learning slowly but surely
Through the years
You don’t want money or power or prestige
You just want me here

A painted sunset…

Linger

Written By: Christopher Ames

Can I linger, linger looking
Simply looking at you
Stunned by what I’ve seen for so long
Yet tonight it’s somehow new

Let me look with heart wide open
Let me fill my eyes with you
Let me linger

Can I linger, linger listening
Simply listening to you
Silent so I won’t steal your thunder
Let your thoughts alone come through

Let me hear with heart wide open
Let me fill my mind with you
Let me linger

When did I decide that I had you figured out?
When did I forget you’re a treasure to be sought?

Can I linger, linger smiling
Simply smiling at you
Not afraid of what I don’t know
But amazed at what I do

Let me walk this road beside you
Let me throw away my plan
Let me revel in your mystery
Let me simply take your hand
Let me linger

For You

Written By: John Denver

Just to look in your eyes again
Just to lay in your arms
Just to be the first one always there for you
Just to live in your laughter
Just to sing in your heart
Just to be every one of your dreams come true

Just to sit by your window
Just to touch in the night
Just to offer a prayer each day for you
Just to long for your kisses
Just to dream of your sighs
Just to know that I’d give my life for you

For you - for the rest of my life
For you - all the best of my life
For you alone, only for you

Just to wake up each morning
Just to you by my side
Just to know that you’re never really far away
Just a reason for living
Just to say I adore
Just to know that you’re here in my heart to stay

For you - for the rest of my life
For you - all the best of my life
For you alone, only for you

Just the words of a love song
Just the beat of my heart
Just the pledge of my life, my love, for you

Worth Fighting For

Written By: Christopher Ames, Alyson Bleistine

We’re worth fighting for
We’re worth living for
We’re worth climbing every mountain
Knocking down every door

We’re worth going to the mat
We’re worth taking the time
Doing whatever it takes just to keep this love alive
We’re worth fighting for

When I wake up in the morning
And the sun shines on my face
No doubt I’ve got bruises on my heart

You’ve got them too
But you try hard to mask the pain
Left untreated, they could tear us apart

Seems like we fight against each other
When we wrestle to say we win
We’ve got to come out of our corners
To bring this hope to life again

We’re worth fighting for…

When I lay down in the evening
And see the moonlight on your face
I still feel you in my heart
The years melt away and it’s like I met you just yesterday
And tomorrow’s still a brand new start

Seems like we fight against each other
When we wrestle to say we win
We’ve got to come out of our corners
To bring this hope to life again

We’re worth fighting for…

Love ain’t convenient and it’s not an easy path
It takes a huge amount of faith and constant working at

We’re worth fighting for…

All Again

Written By: Christopher Ames, Kathy Anderson

Ain’t we a pretty picture?
You with your hair so snowy white
And me, I’m not the man I used to be
But I’m man enough to love you with all my might

And I’d do it all again
Walk down that aisle and then I’d say to you
‘Baby, I still do’
yes, I’d do it all again
Walk down that aisle and then I’d say to you
‘oh Baby, I still do’

Ain’t we a pretty picture?
Holding hands like we used to do
And holding on to sweet, sweet memories
You’re holding onto me and I’m holding onto you

And I’d do it all again
Walk down that aisle and then I’d say to you
‘Baby, I still do’
yes, I’d do it all again
Walk down that aisle and then I’d say to you
‘oh Baby, I still do’

Your smile is worn like my old Levis
But when I look into your eyes
I still see the love of my life
My bride, my friend, my wife

And I’d do it all again
Walk down that aisle and then I’d say to you
‘Baby, I still do’
yes, I’d do it all again
Walk down that aisle and then I’d say to you
‘oh Baby, I still do’

Legacy

Written By: Christopher Ames

And here we are
The two of us alone in a darkened room
After this long day

Then through the door
Comes this treasure that we fought for
Come to stay

Hold in our hands our legacy
Little child with your eyes
I can’t help but fall
Fall in love with this baby and with you
A family we’ve become
So real

And there we are
The two of us adrift on a foreign sea
So far away

Then comes a cry
Reminding us of all that we’re blessed with
On this day

Hold in our hands our legacy
Little child with your eyes
I can’t help but fall
Fall in love with this baby and with you
A family we’ve become
So real

You and I are more real inside
Because of what we hold

Hold in our hands our legacy
Little child with your eyes
I can’t help but fall
Fall in love with this baby and with you
A family we’ve become
So true

Last Word

Written By: Christopher Ames

The last word tonight was ‘anger’
The last feeling in our house was ‘all alone’
The last breath frozen in the air was ‘danger in our home’

The coldest word tonight was ‘accusation’
The coldest feeling was ‘you versus me’
The coldest breath frozen n the air was ‘longing to be free’

Don’t let this be the last word
Don’t let this mark the end of our fight
Don’t let this be the last word tonight

The loudest word tonight was ‘silence’
The loudest feelings in our house were ‘rage and shame’
The loudest breath frozen in the air ‘afraid to speak your name’

Don’t let this be the last word
Don’t let this mark the end of our fight
Don’t let this be the last word tonight

We can never truly live till we die to ourselves
I can never truly give until I honestly face myself

Please let grace be the last word
Please let grace mark the end of our fight
Please let grace be the last word tonight

Please let grace be the last word
Please let grace mark the end of our fight
Please let Love be the last word tonight

You and Me

Written By: Christopher Ames/Alyson Bleistine

Well, it’s a February day
Two foot of snow on the ground
School’s are all closed, so much for our date now
And the only gift you want from me is your car shoveled out

There’s some candy and hearts
And a couple of toys
Hugs and kisses from our little boys
And nineteen rice crispie treats for the kids in the class

We’ve been together for so many years
We must have figured some things out
We’ve done the gifts and the cards and the getaways from here
That’s not what it’s all about
It’s about you and me
It’s about staying together
Day by day loving you, girl

I look back through the years
At all the ways I’ve tried
To find that pot of gold that’ll never leave our side
Lately it occurs to me this is the treasure we’ve found

We’ve been together for so many years
We must have figured some things out
We’ve done the gifts and the cards and the getaways from here
That’s not what it’s all about
It’s about you and me
It’s about praying together
Day by day loving you, girl

All I want is to see that smile
The one that takes my breath away

We’ve been together for so many years
We must have figured some things out
We’ve done the gifts and the cards and the getaways from here
That’s not what it’s all about
It’s about you and me
It’s about staying together
Day by day loving you, girl

Lead Us Into Christmas Day

Written By: Christopher Ames

Such a humble story, we’ve heard it all before
Delivered in a stable and now standing at our door
The message of a miracle, an everlasting light
For those who come to seek Him
On this Christmas night

(chorus)
If you stop and listen then you’ll hear it’s all around You
feel it in your heart it’s the season that surrounds You
look beyond the darkness cause Hope is on the way
and His love will lead us, lead us into Christmas Day

Gifts of green and gold, yeah we’ve seen them all before
Delivered to the stable, now laid upon the floor
Wandering men of wisdom, who saw the star so bright
And others who came to see Him
On that first Christmas night

(chorus)
If you stop and listen then you’ll hear it’s all around You
feel it in your heart it’s the season that surrounds You
look beyond the darkness cause Hope is on the way
and His love will lead us, lead us into Christmas Day

(bridge)
Feel the magic of the moment,
see the new light of the day
Share the joy that’s all around you,
may the blessings come to stay

If you stop and listen then you’ll hear it’s all around You
feel it in your heart it’s the season that surrounds You..

(chorus)
If you stop and listen then you’ll hear it’s all around You
feel it in your heart it’s the season that surrounds You
look beyond the darkness cause Hope is on the way
and His love will lead us, lead us into Christmas Day

Discography

2009 LEAD US INTO CHRISTMAS DAY (EP)
2008 EVERYDAY WITH YOU
2006 TAKE IT IN
2004 BELIEVING BEYOND THE SHADOWS
2001 SIMPLE CHRISTMAS
2001 OFFICIALLY UNAUTHORIZED BOOTLEG-LIVE

Set List

A typical set list is a great combination of original tunes and covers with a raw acoustic instrumental piece thrown in here and there. I generally start my set with a cover that everyone knows and move into an original uptempo song. My show showcases a variety of styles including acoustic folk, blues, rock and even a sing a long tune. My show really appeals to listeners of all ages! Hey-I'm a family guy!