Christopher Clause

Christopher Clause

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Christopher is a gifted and versatile multi-instrumentalist and worship leader who is comfortable in classical and pop music settings. He writes songs that speak about Beauty, Grace, Love, and the joy of life.

Biography

C h r i s t o p h e r C l a u s e
-a biography

websites: www.footrecords.ca, www.myspace.com/christopherclause

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Christopher Clause has always had a profound love for music. “My Dad always had music on at our house. One of my earliest and fondest memories is playing with my Dad in the basement of our Grimsby home. I was about six years old, and he had a cassette of Bizet’s “Carmen” playing on the portable. He’s an avid opera fan and, although I wasn’t inspired by it at the time, I learned to appreciate and love it through him. Then of course in 1973, when I was eight, I saw the movie HELP! on television as well as hearing my sister’s new album ‘1962-1966’. Once I heard this joyous, life affirming music and saw these zany young men, I knew my life would NEVER be the same! THIS was music that caught my attention, and would eventually change the direction of my life”

Christopher began his music education on his own at home listening to the records of his heroes. His first instrument was the drums, which his sister Mary bought for him at the age of 8. He however abandoned the skins in favour of the guitar. He had only one guitar lesson from a school friend of Debbie’s (his other sister) and the friend showed Christopher “…about four or five chords. I mean he was a great player but I said to myself, ‘I think I can do this on my own’. I was so naïve!” After that initial lesson of four or five chords, Christopher was a self-taught guitarist. He “passed the audition” into McMaster University’s music program and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Music degree (summa cum laude) studying classical guitar with Lynne Gangbar and Peter McAllister. In 1988, he won the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Silver medal award for achieving the highest mark in Ontario on his Grade 8 Classical Guitar exam. To date, Christopher has achieved his Grade 10 RCM in Classical guitar. After graduating from McMaster, he went on to study music education at the University of Toronto where he won the Don Wright’s Scholarship for Music Education for his instrumental arranging talents.

After his degree was completed, Christopher spent ten years working as an instrumental music teacher and spent six of those years as department head. “Teaching music sharpened my skills as a performer. I learned how to think on my feet VERY quickly”. Near the end of his teaching career, he released the critically acclaimed BLUE SUBURBAN SKIES (CDST 2001), a collection of Beatles songs that allowed Christopher to return to his musical roots. “I just felt the time was right to do an album of this music, the music of my childhood. I had wanted to do this project for a long time, and in the summer of 2001 I decided the time was right. Ironically the day I sent the finished master and artwork to the plant was the day that George Harrison died. So in a way, the recording was also a chance to deal with the sadness brought on by the suffering of one of my heroes. My hope is that this recording inspires people to search out the original versions of these great songs…the songs of my childhood…and love them, so that this music will never be forgotten.” The collection features Christopher playing ALL of the instruments on the album (except for one track), and has been the natural occurrence for Christopher’s last three albums.

In 2002, Christopher left teaching and became the worship pastor at James Street Baptist Church and desires to use his talents to praise God. “For me all music is worship music, because every time I play, I worship. I give thanks to Jesus for what He has done for me. It is as simple as that. Every time I pick up that guitar, I call on Him”. In addition to his role as worship pastor, he has been recording and producing various local artists such as Rebecca Dickson, Makeshift Policy, The Yes Church, Kenny and the 14th Floor, Fred D. Smith, and April Hayward. In 2004, he realized another dream: recording an album of all original music for Christmas entitled, A SIGN UNTO YOU (CDST 2003). The acoustic based album was nominated for BEST RELIGIOUS RECORDING at the 2004 Hamilton Music Scene Awards, and the track SWEET SWEET LOVE was featured on the 2004 Hamilton Music Scene compilation CD.

Combining his love for the Beatles and his desire to see the needs of the homeless of his city met, Christopher organized various Beatles tribute concerts at James Street. The proceeds from all of the concerts have gone towards the Challenge program. The Challenge program was organized to raise money to pay the costly utility bills generated through the use of the building by OUT OF THE COLD, as well as other James Street ministry programs. Last year, the tribute concerts raised $2500 for Challenge 2005 and won the church and Christopher the BEST MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR award at the 2005 Hamilton Music Scene Awards. Christopher even received a Christmas card from Yoko Ono for his

Lyrics

Spinning Round

Written By: Christopher Clause

I’m sitting here watching your record
spinning round and round
I check the needle
check the speakers
check the power
but there’s no sound…

revolving over and over
when did the music disappear?

I’m sitting here watching your table
spinning round and round
I see the needle
see the tonearm
see the tracking
but what have I found?

repeating over and over
when did the silence reappear?

bring me back to
all the music you used to play
pristine vinyl
playing non-stop through the day
let me hear that sweet sweet voice
the melancholy tune
the one that left so soon

I’m holding your favourite record
that I’ve found (I’ve found)
I slip the sleeve off
clean the vinyl
lift the cartridge
watch it coming down

it’s sliding out of control now
no music - just this scratching in my ears

let me go to
all the places you used to stay
all night shopping
Peter Dunn’s and A&A’s
let me hear your sweet sweet voice
that none can take away
Now that you’ve made your choice
It’s one I can never replay

I’m sitting here watching your record spinning round and round and round...

Sweet Sweet Love

Written By: Christopher Clause

How did I
ever get so dry?
how could I turn my back on all that is good?
I cursed Your name
and I played the game
living life by the call of my desires
and then the crack
and then the fall
when all hope seemed lost
I heard Your gentle call

it’s Your sweet sweet love
calling me back
it’s Your sweet sweet love
it's calling my name
it’s Your sweet sweet love
living water to this soul

Living water flow
to this thirsty soul
quenching every single desire
When my heart is low
when I’m called to go
let me know that I am not alone
give You our best
and we will not rest
until we see Your kingdom come

it’s Your sweet sweet love
changing my life
it’s Your sweet sweet love
it's calling my name
it’s Your sweet sweet love
living water to this soul

For You alone we give You praise
For You are good in all Your ways…

it’s Your sweet sweet love
it's calling me home - it's Your sweet sweet love

like the prodigal
like the woman at the well
like the criminal
like the criminal on the tree

like the man I used to be
like the man I used to be...

it’s Your sweet sweet love
calling me back
it’s Your sweet sweet love
it's calling my name
it’s Your sweet sweet love
living water to this soul
living water to this soul
living water to this soul...

Created For Revolution

Written By: Christopher Clause

We were created for revolution
You are God – You are God
Not for lies or institutions
You are God – You are God
From the rooftops to the streets
You are God – You are God
Shout His fame to all we meet
You are God – You are God

You are God
and we give You our lives
You are God
and we give You our lives
You are God
and we give You our lives
You are God

Every tear that hits the ground
You are God – You are God
Every voice that has no sound
You are God – You are God
Every life that fights to live
You are God – You are God
Every life that learns to give
You are God – You are God

You are God
and we give You our lives
You are God
and we give You our lives
You are God
and we give You our lives
You are God

and we sing of Your glory
we delight in Your glory

We were created for something more
You are God – You are God
Something that's worth fighting for
You are God – You are God
I can hear the angels singing
You are God – You are God
Nations rise and bells are ringing
You are God – You are God

You are God
and we give You our lives
You are God
and we give You our lives
You are God
and we give You our lives
You are God...

Discography

surrendering…everything (CD) (March 2006)
Hamilton Music Scene 2004 Volume 7 (November 2004)
A Sign Unto You - A Christmas Album (CD) (December 2004)
Harrisongs 2 – Beatles Spanish Fan Club compilation (features RUN OF THE MILL from Blue Suburban Skies) (Fall 2002)
For George (CD- EP) – (June 2002)
Blue Suburban Skies (CD) – (December 2001)
Can't Help But Smile (with the Mercyswitch) – (May 1999)
Chimes of Grace (cassette) – (December 1995)

Set List

Christopher's typical performance set list is a combination of both original and cover material. He can play sets ranging in length from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Each set list is custom tailored to the audience and venue. Being a worship leader, Christopher is also well versed in leading worship using various styles in a variety of church and community settings.

(G) – group material (S) – solo acoustic material

Original Material:

Chimes of Grace (G,S)
Still Shining (G,S)
Love of My Life (S)
New Creation (G, S)
Wait (S)
Let Me Know What Love Is (S)
Silver Sun (For George Harrison) (S)
Spinning Round (G, S)
All (G,S)
Future Glory (S)
I Will Trust in You Lord (S)
Waiting For The Change (G, S)
Go (G, S)
True North (S)
Grow in Grace (S)
Away (G, S)
Never Again (G,S)
Out There in The World (G, S)
Advent Song (S)
Magnificat (S)
Sweet Sweet Love (G, S)
I Feel So Free (G)
World of Wanderers (G, S)
The Fool (G, S)
Word Became Flesh (S)
Gloria (G, S)
So