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TiffanyTIFFANY

A legendary pop star, Tiffany has earned two number one hit singles I Think We’re Alone Now and Could’ve Been, and set a record as the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts with her debut album. In 2000 Billboard Magazine described Tiffany’s album The Color of Silence as ‘thoughtful, intelligent, and full of grace’ and ranked it among the ‘Top Ten Best Albums of the Year.’ She has sold over 15 million albums to date. Tiffany obtained a long and storied career in a short amount of time, and today her goal is to continue writing songs for herself and others, cementing her status in the industry as a powerhouse hit maker and go-to songwriter. Her current album, Pieces of Me, is her 10th studio album and is her best work ever. As a writer and co-producer Tiffany brings us into her world and it’s clear to see her passion and vulnerability on this latest project. Pieces of Me will be the door that opens our eyes to the keeper soul of this artist. With rave reviews for her new pop/rock sound and recent live shows, Tiffany is committed to worldwide touring and is so excited to take this music to her fans everywhere.

Martha WashMARTHA WASH

Martha Wash’s new album, Love & Conflict, promises to take fans in a fascinating and perhaps unexpected new direction. Released by Ms. Wash’s label, Purple Rose Records, this eclectic collection of mesmerizing blues-rock and adult contemporary songs is a stylistically adventurous journey for the legendary vocalist, entrepreneur and producer, whose spectacular achievements in the music industry are nothing short of staggering. But breaking new ground is something that shouldn’t surprise anyone who is familiar with Martha’s amazing past including her fourteen Number 1 hits! Martha’s been doing it from the very beginning. The two-time Grammy-nominated singer, who began her musical career at the age of two in her parents’ church in San Francisco, has been lifting the spirits of audiences for decades. Initially at the forefront of the disco movement of the late ’70s, performing powerful background vocals for the iconic, flamboyant star Sylvester of “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” fame, Martha went on to storm the ’80s as one half of The Weather Girls with their mega-hit “It’s Raining Men.” The ’90s moved Martha’s already prolific career into high gear with her awe-inspiring recording of “Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” the highlight of C&C Music Factory’s career, which sold 10 1/2 million copies worldwide.

With the creation of her own recording label Purple Rose Records, and working closely with manager James Washington, the twenty-first century has seen Martha continue to evolve in exciting ways in music and beyond. In music, Martha released the critically acclaimed Something Good album in 2013. Beyond music, Martha’s popular entertainment/talk television show, 10 Minutes with Martha Wash is now entering its second season. She’s also created a digital publication, FLOD Spotlight Magazine, and continues to support charitable organizations, such as “QSAC Inc”, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to individuals with Autism and their families. Martha’s also worked tirelessly for people affected by HIV/AIDS in the United States.

Thea AustinTHEA AUSTIN

Thea Austin fits many categories – platinum selling recording artist and writer, sultry diva, powerful vocalist, producer, lyricist, stunning beauty, international performer. She is an icon in the global music community and has worked with the brightest the industry has to offer and achieved the highest possible chart success multiple times.

In the late 1980s singing led Austin to Los Angeles, CA where she immediately began working in studio with R&B heavyweights like Sami McKinney, Alan Rich and Michael O’Hara and her work soon led to live performances and recording opportunities.

Her travels led her to Penny Ford , the former lead singer of SNAP!, who was working on a solo project. Thea was whisked to Germany to begin work on SNAP’s album The Madman’s Return together with the rapper Turbo B. She not only sang, but co-authored many of the cuts including the multi-generational anthem “Rhythm Is A Dancer.” That song has lived on through 25 years and continues to be a hit as Austin tours with the “I Love the 90s” show singing it worldwide.

Big gigs aren’t new to Austin. In 1992 Thea and SNAP! had the distinct honor and privilege of opening for the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, at his concert in Bucharest, Rumania, during his Dangerous tour.

As the lead singer of SNAP! she took the world by storm. The first single, Colour Of Love, soared into the top 10 across Europe and re-established SNAP! as a force with which to be reckoned. Thea played venues from Italy to Germany, Turkey to the Red Sea. The second single Rhythm Is A Dancer, was even more successful, taking a firm grasp on the #1 position on numerous Billboard charts, including the Euro-chart, Hits of the UK charts and in Germany, Italy and other nations with the video landing at MTV Europe #1. In 1993 Austin began working with other Dance producers and Niki Harris took over in the group.

Chris ChismCHRIS CHISM

Dallas-based artist, Chris Chism has a natural way of crossing cultural and generational barriers to reach people through his music, writing, and message. Chris is also the Founder/Lead Pastor of The House Dallas, a new progressive Christian church in the DFW Metroplex. Previously he also served as the Contemporary Music Director at Cathedral of Hope. He has been named Dallas’ Best Musician and Best Local Singer by the Dallas Voice and was chosen as the winner of the Michael Terry Singer/Songwriter People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Wildflower Arts & Music Festival.

As a diversely talented musician, Chris has performed for audiences around the country. He has been a featured entertainer at the Capital Pride Festival in Washington DC, Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Wildflower Arts & Music Festival, Dallas Arts District Block Parties and House of Blues Dallas to name a few. He can often be found performing at numerous charity and fund raising events, and has shared the stage with the likes of artists such as Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, and Yolanda Adams.

Over the last few years, Chris has used his gospel upbringing, along with his own personal life experiences, to compose and perform uplifting and inspirational music, as well as original praise and worship songs. His inspirational pop-ballad “Don’t Stay There” continues to be an anthem of encouragement wherever performed. Chris’s other original songs “Deadbolt”, “Visible”, “Love Me” and “Into the Wild” can be found on all major streaming services including Apple Music.

At the beginning of 2021 “church planter” was added to his list of responsibilities , as he and a group of close friends, family, and peers formed, The House Dallas. The House Dallas welcomes those from all walks of life, and seeks to be a congregation where all are “Beloved, Believed In, and Belong”. Despite starting a new church service during the pandemic, the church continues to grow. Currently The House Dallas holds weekly services at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday afternoons at VariSpace in Las Colinas.

When Chris is not busy with performing, writing new music and his duties as pastor of The House Dallas, he enjoys spending time with his husband Thomas and their two daughters.

If you would like more information on booking Chris for your corporate, charity or church event, please contact Chris’s management team at booking@chrischism.com or at www.chrischism.com. For more information on The House Dallas, please e-mail Michael@TheHouseDallas.org or visit www.thehousedallas.org.