Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Singer Chris Willis' new interview

Singer-songwriter, Chris Willis started his career as a gospel performer but after meeting house musician David Guetta during a vacation in Paris, he’s become a leader in the dance music scene. Willis co-wrote and provided most of the vocals on Guetta's debut album Just a Little More Love, including the hit title track. has a new interview with Willis. writes:
The Ohio-born Chris Willis -- who lends vocals to Guetta’s new album, One Love -- chatted with us about working with the legendary DJ, dabbling in country music, and where his career is headed. I was surprised to learn you had worked with both Dolly Parton and Brooks & Dunn. How did you get involved in country music?

Chris Willis: A lot of it is just proximity. I lived in Nashville for 12 years. I moved there to do gospel music and my career was kind of up and down in the gospel genre. So to supplement my income, I did a lot of session work, session singing. I sang on a lot of gospel work. And some of those same singers I was working with were heavily involved with Wynonna Judd and a lot of other country [singers]. So they would call me in on session and that’s pretty much how I got involved in singing on country albums. Because there’s a lot of country music coming out of Nashville, so it was a great asset. Do you find that you have a gay following?

Chris Willis: That’s a very good question. I tend not to focus specifically on whether people are gay or straight. I like to think that everybody that loves the music -- no matter where they’re from, no matter what they do, as long as they believe in love -- that’s what I’m singing my songs about. I think the gay market has always been a great support for the dance music genre, and that’s been an asset for the work I’ve done with David and certainly for my work. I like to think that there’s a huge gay following, and hopefully we’ll discover that in the future and explore that more and more.

Read full interview here.