Walter Christopher
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New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF | AFTRA

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"Walter Christopher "The Mellisonant Album”"

Review By: Ahlia Love
Walter Christopher "The Mellisonant Album”
Label: AVHEntertainment

This may be Walter Christopher’s 5th CD project but it’s the first time I can say he became one of my new favorite artists. Normally I’ll just play about 30 seconds of a track to see whether it’s worth the listen. In the case of The Mellisonant Album it wasn’t that simple. I found myself listening to many of the tracks several times. Each has it’s own exceptional flavor while sticking to the common thread of being undeniably smooth.

Track 1: Mellisonant – Just the kind of song that can change your attitude about the stresses you may have been facing prior to listening. It’s a catchy track that can help you forget about your troubles if you just let the music take you there. While it definitely sounds like a classic Earth, Wind & Fire tune, I wouldn’t consider this a comparison but more of a compliment to Mr. Christopher.

Track 2: You’re the Best - one of the smoothest, funkiest old school style grooves I heard in a long time. Such an exciting blend of horns, keys and soulful vocals. It grows on me the more I hear it.

Track 4: Sexy Cool – It is just that. The vocals are seductively sassy which gives this track it’s sexy while the drummer and bassist give this selection it’s cool. This composition is something that will surely be appreciated by the sophisticated listeners. Sexy Cool may be my favorite title on this project.

Track 5: Falling In Love Part 1 –This interesting composition has a great old school bop feel. The light sprinkling of horns and soft guitar under smooth meaningful lyrics put it in that gotta’ hear it twice category. I wouldn’t be surprised if this track becomes a new first dance favorite at weddings.

Track 7: Just Us Two – This song is just so romantic. Simplicity at it’s best. I found this equation to be an appropriate blend of one silky vocalist and one gifted keyboardist creating one incredible love song. Another perfect Wedding or Anniversary celebration track.

Track 8: Splendor of Love – a Bouncy, light rhythmic musical experience with just the right touch of funk. The perfect mix of keys, bass and gentle drumming balanced with those smooth vocals make everything flow splendidly.

Simply stated, if you like good music, The Mellisonant Album by Walter Christopher should be added to your collection immediately if not sooner. I love the energy of this project as it goes from mellow to upbeat back to mellow. This CD will certainly be part of my road music collection. It’s something I’ll want to hear whether I’m taking a smooth Sunday cruise or just a quick run to the market. Well done Mr. Christopher. - Smooth Jazz Magazine


"WALTER CHRISTOPHER; The Mellisonant Album (AVH)"

Harlem's Walter Christopher is a proper old fashioned soul singer whose ambition is to make "music that is easy on the ear"... "mellisonant", if you would, and on this, his fifth album I believe, he certainly delivers. There's nothing here that's not easy on the ear but that's not say the album is bland and lifeless. On the contrary, the concise ten tracker demands total attention throughout; it's one of those albums that makes the remote, with its back and forward buttons, redundant. Why? Well, for a kick off all the songs are good 'uns... proper songs like those written by people like Luther Vandross, Will Downing and their ilk... you know, with a beginning, a middle and end; decent lyrics and sweet, catchy melodies. Then there's the players. Walter uses top session men like bassist Hubert Eaves IV and sax man Dave Watson and they know how to garnish those lovely songs. Finally there's Walt's great old school falsetto soul voice. His committed delivery should call to mind people like Howard Hewett and Philip Bailey.

Hear the Bailey connection on the lyric-less title cut that tops and tails the LP... shades of classic EWF slow jams. There's a touch of Phil too, on the lovely 'Feels So Good'. Go to 'Just Us Two' to hear the Howard Hewett flavours. This one's a superb, quiet storm classic... perfect if you want a fresh, un-clichéd Valentines moment. Quite lovely. 'Falling In Love' is another sweet romantic opus... coming in two flavours – an early, orthodox reading and a later heavier treatment.

For the more energetic there's a choppy 'You're The Best'. This features some great sax from Dave Watson (Alicia Keys' sax player of choice, I think). The mid tempo 'You're Beautiful' is tight too. 'Splendor' is another very sedate foot tapper while 'Sexy Cool' is different again. This cut is a loping jazz swinger with a walking bass line like Van Morrison's 'Moondance'. It's possibly the bravest track on the album simply because it would take a brave DJ to play it out... but it's a delight. If you've got soul you'll love the brief jazz guitar interlude and the lovely tinkling vibes. Yep, easy on the old ear... 'Mellisonant' indeed! - SoulandJazzandFunk


"Walter Christopher - The Mellisonant Album"

It's no secret to Soul Trackers that the challenges facing independent artists are not for the weak of heart. Even with increased outlets for exposure via social networking and Internet radio, the ability for authentic, gimmick-free performers to make a return on their investment depends on a number of factors outside of quality material and impressive live shows. Constant visibility, eye-catching tweets intertwined with clever marketing impetus, and a certain amount of free content seem to be mandates for talented folks looking to make a widespread commercial impact. If that weren't the case, then North Carolina-born, Harlem-raised crooner Walter Christopher's name would certainly be more recognized by now.

On his fourth full-length collection, The Mellisonant Album, Walter continues to deliver his signature mellifluous tones over the classic-styled sort of grooves found on his previous set, It's All about Love, Vol. 2; but he also expands his scope to include pleasingly phrased, jazz-spiced tunes that demonstrate his remarkable confidence in simply letting the feelings flow. What's most striking about his interpretations in either scenario is the unaffected way in which he wraps his chords around each line of every song. His pliable tone is at once both sophisticated and youthful. This is never more evident than on the charming "Falling in Love," a floating number which appears here in two versions. Every bit as engaging, the spunky shuffler "You're the Best" finds him smoothly gliding alongside bright sax lines by Dave Watson. "...It doesn't get no better, don't want no other pleasure," Walter declares. Musical truth.

Walter makes no unnecessary concessions to fit in with trends of the moment on The Mellisonant Album. On the straight-ahead, swinging jazz groove of "Sexy Cool," for instance, he relies purely on class and understatement to express his appreciation to a lady who's got it all together. "Such a rhythm to your walk...The atmosphere seems different/When you enter the room, time stops." But it is perhaps the free-flowing pasticcio of old-school soul, hip-hop-tinged rhythms, and funky undertones which will find the broadest audience. The influence of Stevie Wonder lightly permeates Walter's phrasing, while producer Hubert Eaves IV's keyboard stylings evoke shades of fusion and neo-soul.

Poetic lyrics are a specialty of Walter's, which are complemented in maturity by refreshing instrumental components such as french horn (on "Feels So Good") and flute ("Falling in Love"). The former finds him relishing in the unadulterated joys of new love, while he delves into the progression of a long-term friendship into romance on the latter. "I'm not sure what just happened/But when I looked in your eyes, it was different this time/Like jewels of passion/They were piercing my soul, I was lost at hello." There's just one moment on Mellisonant in which the words are a bit too Hallmark-esque. On the ballad, "Just Us Two," lyrics such as "Hear the waves of the ocean applaud for us" border on saccharine. That's a brief distraction, however, which doesn't deter from the glorious melody and calming arrangement.

The romantic story lines of Mellisonant—which Walter narrates with gentle seduction—may be targeted primarily toward female listeners. But the natural aplomb with which he relates his feelings and observations will hopefully draw in a variety of fans who appreciate the value of everyday scenarios expressed in cultured musical fashion. Furthermore, the mellow consistency of the material, which incorporates just the right balance of groove and restraint, provides an ideal platform for him to get his message across. Recommended.

by Justin Kantor
- See more at: http://www.soultracks.com/walter-christopher-the-mellisonant-album-review#sthash.LWbyykCF.dpuf - SoulTracks.com


"Walter Christopher - "It's All About.......Soul Music""

Imbued with a soulful style that harks back to a halcyon age when accomplished vocalists sang well-crafted songs with actual melodies (unlike much of today’s paper-thin screechers dribbling over pseudo-euro-pop in the name of ‘R&B’), Walter Christopher’s new album, It’s All About Love Volume 2, is certainly worthy of investigation for lovers of sophisticated soul and R&B. Following a successful online release at the tail-end of 2010, It’s All About Love Volume 2 is due to be released on CD in March. Take a listen to some of the choice cuts below. We’ll be looking to review the album in the next few weeks. - SoulCuts.com


"Walter Christopher - So Amazing!"

New Yorker Walter Christopher is a new name to most UK and European soul fans though inveterate seekers of quality soul will be aware that WALTER already has two albums under his belt. The boy from Harlem is now set to issue his third long player, 'It's All About Love Vol 2' and long before release – one track, 'There You Go Again' made the Starpoint Top 20 songs of 2010 chart.Stateside, the lead single – 'So Amazing' (no, not the LUTHER VANDROSS song) has won a place on countless radio station playlists. Clearly MR. C is destined for big things, so we needed to know more. We caught WALTER at his Harlem home and began by asking for a brief personal run down.....

My name is Walter Christopher. I was born in North Carolina but relocated to Harlem, N.Y. as a child. As a child I liked to play basketball and eventually did gymnastics. I also studied some martial arts.

Tell us a little about your music background ... why did you get involved in music in the first place... who were the artists who influenced and inspired you......

My interest in music was originally sparked as a child listening to my mother's vinyl records. She played artists like ARETHA FRANKLIN, AL GREEN, GLADYS KNIGHT, THE SPINNERS, and THE TEMPTATIONS just to name a few. I also watched a lot of the TV show 'Soul Train'. As a teenager I sang in the church choir and that experience really fanned the flame of my desire to be a performer.



How did you get started in the business?

I began by playing the local neighbourhood New York clubs and I was blessed with the opportunity to work with some of the city's finest musicians. It's a good grounding in those clubs. Through hard work, perseverance, and networking other opportunities arose... for instance I started to do lots of radio and TV commercials before moving on to work with some major artists.

You've already released two albums ... tell us little bit about them....

My first two albums are entitled 'It's All About Love Vol.1' and 'Can't Wait'. I produced the first album with some of my friends. It was a good learning experience and was the first time I handled a project from start to finish. One single from the album - 'L.O.V.E.' - received some airplay in N.Y. For the CD 'Can't Wait' I teamed up with AVH entertainment and got the opportunity to work with producer RHEMARIO WEBBER. We recorded some great songs. The title track was very well received. It did well in the clubs and was programmed for "in flight music" on several airlines. Another song on the CD – 'Yesterday' was featured on a TV documentary 'Back In Da Hood' , a film about gang violence in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Now the new album – why did you choose to call it 'It's All About Love Volume 2'...

I originally wanted to call the album 'WALTGOTSOUL' , but after all the songs were completed the title 'It's All About Love' felt right and it defined the mood of the project. Naturally, it's the second one with that name – hence 'Volume 2'!

What was your motivation in creating an album devoted to romance... did any particular artists influence you ... I'm thinking that LUTHER VANDROSS has a song called 'So Amazing' and you're 'So Amazing' is one of the key cuts.

I want to express love and romance in an uncomplicated form. Two people meet, then two people court, then two people fall in love and two people flourish. I was inspired by great artists like , EARTH WIND AND FIRE, MICHAEL JACKSON, STEVIE WONDER, LUTHER VANDROSS and HOWARD HEWETT, and many others. I sing about love.... that's what I do.

Presumably you see yourself as a serious soul balladeer – just how difficult is it for an artist like that – like you in fact – to get work, to secure a deal and get radio play and exposure

I don't consciously think too hard about that. I simply believe if you put out quality work, plan, persevere, and have a knowledgeable, hard working, dedicated team and God's favour everything is attainable.

Where does Wal - SoulJazzandFunk.com


"Walter Christopher - It's All About Love Vol. 2"

Singer/songwriter Walter Christopher is releasing his third CD entitled It’s All About Love, Vol. 2. On this collection of songs, “Walt Chris” collaborates with his producers Rhemario “Rio Beats” Webber (who also worked with Lyfe Jennings) and Hubert Eaves IV. Together they have crafted 9 songs that highlight Christopher’s strong suit – his versatile and mellifluous tenor voice.

The album opens with a short intro and then the smooth stepper, “Falling in Love”. It has an easy laid back feel similar to K’Jon’s great hit from last year ”The Ocean” . Christopher has garnered some well deserved radio airplay with the single “So Amazing” which combines his layered vocals with a contemporary sound that fits just right. This was an easy add for radio programmers because it is so infectious. His voice is distinctive enough to stand out in today’s crowded R&B field.

“Passion” gives Walter an opportunity to stretch out a little more into falsetto on the most soulful song on the set. The track that best showcases Walter’s capabilities is the song “Beautiful”. The layering of his vocals here is top-notch. The chorus really sticks with you. At the end, you get a chance to really feel it in an a capella segment. Nicely done! The other ballad “Heaven” is another heartfelt love song for Christopher to weave his vocal web around. The up-tempo number “Tonight” starts off a bit dry, but by the time the verses and chorus hit, it moves into a groove that pops, much like a Ne-Yo record, but stronger vocally. This has some potential as a radio hit, as does the final track “Oh My” which has another catchy chorus.

Walter Christopher is a voice to be reckoned with in contemporary R&B. The main issue with this CD is that the production is not quite on par with his vocal talent. While every song is relatable and gets into your head, the end result is pleasant, but somewhat dated. Hopefully he will get an opportunity to work with some more adventurous producers who will bring more fire to support his strong talent as a vocalist and arranger.

Rating: 7

- SoulMusic.com


"LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED!!!!!!"

Affectionately known as “Walt Chris” to his devoted female fanbase, Harlem, New York contemporary soul singer/songwriter Walter Christopher this month releases his third album ‘It’s All About Love Vol. 2’ in the UK. The follow-up to 2000’s ‘It’s All About Love’ and 2006’s ‘Can’t Wait’, Christopher’s new set finds him teaming up with producers Rhemario ‘Rio Beats’ Webber (of US R&B chart-topper Lyfe Jennings fame) and Hubert Eaves IV, to deliver nine love-themed new tracks that combine the old skool sincerity of such soul legends as Al Green and Teddy Pendergrass with the prowess of more contemporary vocalists like Eric Benet and Maxwell.

Indeed, released through New York-based independent AVH Entertainment (run by April Harris, former lead-singer of hitmaking late-Eighties US female dance/pop trio Seduction), the ever-soulful moods on the urban-adult-contemporary-flavoured ‘It’s All About Love Vol. 2’ range from the undulating midtempo groove balladry of ‘There You Go Again’ and the romantically sensual, shuffling US single ‘So Amazing’; to the slow, sexy sway of the appropriately-titled ‘Passion’ and the joyous, infectious punch of the funkier, celebratory closer ‘Oh My’.

All of which accurately showcases the vocal and songwriting talents of an artist whose skills have previously been utilised on several US TV and radio commercials, in addition to opening-up live for a diverse range of iconic artists ranging from LL Cool J and En Vogue to Destiny’s Child, Diahann Carroll and Boyz II Men!

…Cue for a courteous and warm-mannered Mr. Christopher to hook up for the first time with ‘Blues & Soul’ Assistant Editor Pete Lewis. As - speaking from The Bronx - the clear-speaking native New Yorker discusses his aforementioned new LP; his early days of singing in the church choir; plus his ever-growing career as both a live performer and recording artist.

PETE: Your new album has been described as the having the occasional Eighties influence of acts like Surface and Atlantic Starr. What did you want to achieve musically?

WALTER: “Well, musically I definitely wanted to do something that wasn’t TRENDY! Like when you go back to the time of groups like Surface and Atlantic Starr, if you hear that stuff on the radio or on the internet now, it still sounds fresh and it still sounds GOOD!... And so I too want to be that type of ARTIST! In that, no matter whether you play me now, or five years from now, or 10 years from now, you still get that feeling of NEWNESS. Where you can be like ‘I remember when that record came OUT! It made me feel good then, and it makes me feel good NOW!’!... You know, I definitely wanted my album to be a kinda throwback to the times of artists and producers like Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye or Babyface - an era when you took you time with the music and it was all about the SONG!”

PETE: Meanwhile, lyrically it’s been hailed as “a collection of feel-good, positive love songs”…

WALTER: “Well, being as the actual music that was presented to me through the producers was ROMANTIC music, I had no CHOICE! My spirit just wanted to emit sounds of romance and love! And it was the same with the songs I created in conjunction with the producers, or that I wrote the lyrics for first! With the state-of-mind that I’m in today, I basically just wanted to come across as ‘the guy that constantly and consistently talks about love’! Because, to coin a phrase, I genuinely do think that what the world needs now is more LOVE! So that’s what I like to WRITE about!”

PETE: Let’s discuss the two producers you collaborated with on ‘It’s All About Love Vol. 2’ - Rhemario ‘Rio Beats’ Webber (of contemporary soul star Lyfe Jennings fame) and Hubert Eaves IV

WALTER: “Rhemario Webber was actually introduced to me through my label, AVH Entertainment. They’d done previous business with him, and thought he and I together would be a good mix, a good vibe. So I went to his studio, started listening to his tracks, started c - BluesandSoul.com


"Walter Christopher - It's All About Love Vol. 2 - CD Review"

Call me a relic, but before there were R&B songs serving as career launching pads for rappers, paying homage to body parts and bodying folks in every way imaginable, I remember an abundance of....well...actual love songs. Once upon a time, there were actually verses that encapsulated moments of sweetness and subtlety, describing the first heated glance, that electrifying kiss, and those dizzying highs and lows in-between. If the verses weren't enough to send heart into orbit, there were awesome, Auto-Tune-less, vocals that conveyed their messages and music with discernable instruments (imagine that!), and that's what Walter Christopher offers in this soulful and sublime CD, All About Love Vol. 2.

A Harlem native with years of professional polish and prowess under his belt (he's responsible for many radio and TV jingles and has opened for Kem, Lyfe Jennings, Gladys Knight and Miki Howard, to name a few), Mr. Christopher's tenor is a buttery one, gliding effortlessly through the slow jams and mid tempos with a deft touch that only the most confident performers possess. "Beautiful" is a brisk and danceable tribute to a woman that's left him spellbound, and another mid tempo groove, "Passion," is one of the most sensual of the nine tracks and manages to be amorous without overdoing it: "When she's around, I lose my self-control: she excites my mind and exhilarates my soul/ Her fingers on my ebony body, driving me crazy, so sensual. I'm obsessed, possessed, with her loving....it's taking me there."

For listeners who consider themselves "80s Babies," ....Love will have a familiar cadence and may transport them back to that era, and yes, that's considered a good thing. The unabashed romance and tenderness that they heard in songs from Surface and Atlantic Starr echo in tracks like "So Amazing," "Falling In Love" (especially with its spoken intro and breathy delivery) and the retro-funk feel of "Tonight," which isn't about conquests and popping bottles, but about showering attention on his one and only while enjoying a PG-13 evening on the town.

Smooth and sweet, this debut is the aural equivalent of hot cocoa, with multiple musical influences weaved throughout (jazz, gospel, old-school R&B) and every song about the varyied phases of romance and togetherness: "Oh My" reminisces about the life span of their love affair ("Came across a high school yearbook full of memories/ turned the page to 45 and there was you and me"), the picturesque "There You Go Again" marvels at the reach of his emotions, and "Heaven" is expressing that his little honey is indeed perfection on Earth. If you're aspiring for edge, angst and ribald carnality to the nth degree, Walter Christopher won't do it for you, but if you're longing to get swept into a tender tempest, then start your 2011 off right by making it All About Love. Recommended.

By Melody Charles
- SoulTracks.com


Discography

Walt Chris - "The Remix" (2012)
"There You Go Again" Single (2011)
Vol. 2 - It's All About Love CD (2011)
"So Amazing" Single (2010)
"Heaven" Single (2009)
Can't Wait CD (2007)
Vol. 1 - It's All About Love CD (2001)

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Few performers are as versatile a Singer/Songwriter as Walter Christopher. Mr. Christopher can slide effortlessly from playing an R&B gig to a sanctified gospel church to a swinging jazz club. A Harlem native, Walter is affectionately known by his fans, as “Walt Chris.” He is well respected for his performance skills and trademark vocals. Walter has opened for Kem, Lyfe Jennings, Leela James, Vivian Green, Oleta Adams, En Vogue, Fat Joe, Diahann Carroll, Boys II Men, Keith Sweat, Kenny Lattimore, Allyson Williams, Mikki Howard, Jon Lucien, Marion Meadows, Donald Harrison, and many others. His amazing talents have taken him on many tours nationally and internationally. Walt’s signature vocals have also been showcased on several TV and Radio Commercials. He was featured on the HBO special “Back in Da Hood,” where he co-wrote, performed and produced the song “Yesterday.” One listen to Walter Christopher and you will hear the voice of a legend. He is a Balladeer by choice and sings and writes with the soul that has been missing in today’s music. On his current CD, “It’s All About Love – Vol. 2,” Walt Chris worked with producers Rhemario “Rio Beats” Webber of Lyfe Jennings fame and Hubert Eaves IV. The first single, “So Amazing,” was well received by Urban Adult Contemporary Radio at WHUR (Wash. DC), KJLH (Los Angeles, CA), KOKY (Little Rock AR), KMEZ (New Orleans), KQXL (Baton Rouge, LA), WNOV (Milwaukee, WI), WAKB (Augusta, GA), KRMP (Oklahoma City, OK), WYBC (New Haven, CT), WWMG (Montgomery, AL), WMPZ (Chattanooga, TN), WLXC (Columbia, SC), WBTF (Lexington, KY) and WNSB (Norfolk, VA). The 2nd single from the CD, “There You Go Again” is currently being played in high rotation on soul radio in the UK. Walter’s music is also being featured and/or played on SoulMusic.com, SoulTracks.com, Music Choice, Pandora, Jango, DMX, SpaFax, UK Soul Charts, AccuRadio, Live365.com, SolarRadio, Danceteria, Northwest and American Airlines in-flight radio and many more internet and digital stations. “It’s All About Love VOL. 2” is currently available on iTunes and Amazon.com (US and UK). His current single, “You’re Beautiful” is due to release June 2012.