The artist/ producer Christos DC (aka Christopher Vrenios) was born and in Washington, D.C. (USA) by parents who sang opera and taught voice professionally. He takes his name from his Greek heritage, using a nickname given to him by his grandmother to represent the lineage that set the tone of his musical path.
It was Christos’ deep appreciation for the sounds coming out of Kingston, Jamaica that led him to produce and record with legendary Sly and Robbie, the Firehouse Crew, The Itals, Augustus Pablo, Sugar Minott and Don Carlos. He also has co-written and recorded with the world-famous Thievery Corporation. He spent several years on the road as a guitarist and backup vocalist, performing in the United States and abroad.
In 2008, he released his first full album, Time To Rise, followed by his second release, Under The Sun in 2011 which led him to create the D.C. based independent record label Honest Music. His third full-length album Long Road was released on Earth Day 2014, and received critical acclaim. The first single and video Just Talk To Me features Kenyatta Hill, son of icon Joseph Hill from the trio Culture. The summer hit of 2015, Righteous Chant, finds him reunited with Don Carlos. The tune Heart Of Gold, a reggae rendition of the Neil Young classic song is released in the latter part of the same year and topped several charts in Amsterdam.
In 2017 Christos released, Speak The Fire from his fourth album entitled Tessera, is a collaboration with Zafayah, one of the best up and coming reggae artists from Bulgaria alongside The Skankin Monks, powerhouse band/ production unit from Amsterdam. The single reached number 18 on Reggae World Charts. The follow up Tessera Dub, is a reggae dub remix of the album. This critically acclaimed project features Mad Professor, Tippy I Alfred (I Grade) and legends Sly & Robbie (Black Uhuru, Grace Jones). Two years in the making, the new album Self Evident is released on January 2020. The first single I Reserve The Right features Sao Paulo’s rising star Dada Yute. “Music is a gift,” Christos says. ” When we share it, we should consider the effect it will have on others. This is why I make honest music.”