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Beneath Chris August’s easygoing exterior is a core of solid Christian faith, shown in lyrics rooted in the real-life struggles of modern-day believers. On the follow-up to his Dove-winning debut, No Far Away, the Texas singer/songwriter applies his folksy croon to a batch of pop/rock tunes framing sometimes playful, sometimes bittersweet lyrics. August is a keen student of ‘70s R&B, as evidenced by the mellow swing of “Let the Music Play” and the gospel simmer of “Amen.” There’s also a very contemporary acoustic-pop influence in tracks like the title number and “A Little More Jesus." The sound leans toward soft, but the message it conveys is firm in its convictions. The electronica-accented “Center of It” and the country-slanted “This Side of Heaven” find God amid the clutter and confusion of ordinary existence. August looks closely at a troubled marriage in “Restore” and offers a soulful praise number in “Truth Is Still True.” “1989” offers a youthful self-portrait set to a propulsive track. All told, The Upside of Down downplays melodrama in favor of heartfelt testimony delivered with polished craft and unshakable commitment.

Customer Reviews


I love this! Amazing :)


You can't get any clearer than the words of these songs! Well done Chris! Unashamed of repping Christ!

Great Album!

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite albums. I appreciate the gentleness and peacefulness of this collection of songs. Favorite song is "Amen". Thanks Chris for your creativity in lyrics and pulling away from the current trend in Christian music styles. I enjoy a variety of music styles and your's keep me coming back for more. I am looking forward to future albums.


Genre: Inspirational

Years Active: '10s

Texas Christian songwriter and singer Chris August grew up around music, particularly the secular sounds of the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Chuck Berry, and Stevie Wonder. August's dad built a small home-recording studio, and August often fooled around with the guitars, keyboards, drum machine, and four-track tape recorder his dad assembled. He began to take the whole music thing seriously when he turned 15 -- in that same year he became a Christian and began to write, play, and record music in the...
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The Upside of Down, Chris August
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Inspirational, Music, CCM
  • Released: Aug 21, 2012

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