Christmas at Morningside
Chris Clements grew up in small towns where "culture" was the inner workings of your family, and "entertainment" was what you made of it. With a family full of musicians, the upright piano in her Grandmother's Wisconsin living room was the centerpiece of Chris' fun. Clements' ability to carry a tune and sing harmony was developed at the knees of her aunts and uncles and she later learned to play guitar and piano. As her "family entertainment" gained skill and experience, they took their act on the road as the well-known regional band, "Breeze". Chris was the lead singer and honed her crowd-pleasing ability on the sometimes intoxicated audience members at community fairs, nightclubs and wedding dances. "The funny thing is, we had a strict rule of no drinking in the band, so I was keeping out of trouble while others were getting into it! We played everything from top 40 to country to polkas." When each family member grew up and moved away, Chris started awakening to her spiritual side. "I was raised in church, but I didn't realize there was a personal side to faith." As that personal side took form, Chris wrote music to reflect it. She joined two other singers and formed the group, Good Report. They recorded an album and sang in churches in the upper Midwest. After that, Chris formed another group called, River Deep. River Deep expanded her territory with a more alternative style, and she started writing more contemporary pop/rock tunes. They performed at coffee houses, churches, civic centers, and even prisons. River Deep was also a finalist in the Gospel Music Association's Midwest Talent Search/Competition. After members of River Deep moved onto other things, Chris became a solo artist. Her territory expanded even more to include festivals and speaking at women's conferences. She was again a finalist in the GMA's Talent Search/Competition, and made it into both the "Artist" and "Song" categories. Chris has cut a solo CD and a Christmas CD, with songs receiving radio play in several states. From the interesting characters in the nightclubs to the stoic Scandinavians in the church pews, Chris Clements has the ability to connect with sinner and saint alike. Her honesty and willingness to be transparent is what draws people in. "Whether I'm speaking at a women's conference or doing a concert, I feel that my gift of communication is being used. If I can transport people beyond their circumstances for a time and help them know they are deeply loved, then I feel I have done what I was born to do. It brings me great joy." And when you get a chance to catch Chris in concert, you'll find that joy quickly transfers.