Christylez Bacon (pronounced: chris-styles) is a GRAMMY Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from Southeast, Washington, DC. As a performer, Christylez multi-tasks between various instruments such as the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar, and the human beat-box (oral percussion), all while continuing the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics.
With a mission towards cultural acceptance and unification through music, Christylez is constantly pushing the envelope – from performances at the National Cathedral, to becoming the first Hip-Hop artist to be featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, composing and orchestrating an entire concert for a 12-piece orchestra commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institute, or recording a Folk/Hip-Hop children’s album.
“Chris Bacon is one of the most innovative and exciting musicians that Strathmore Music Center has ever had in our emerging Artist in Residence program. He is a consummate performer and a delight for collaborations with artists of different genres. With his background in hip-hop, his version of PachelbeI’s Canon in D is brilliant, as is his beat box accompaniment to old time banjo music. He’s a true musical Renaissance man!”
Betty Scott Education Program Coordinator Music Center at Strathmore
“Christylez Bacon offers well-written tales and observations about everyday life that flow smoothly over jazz-influenced tunes”
Curt Fields The Washington Post
“Chris Bacon is an incredible young talent. We’ve seen him charm audiences in a solo show, and we’ve seen him direct remarkable performances with his hip-hop and beat-box together with strings, horns, world percussion and keyboards. We’re big fans and believe he is at the beginning of a phenomenal career.”
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer GRAMMY Award winners
“Bacon’s albums may be hip-hop, but he takes the genre to a new level.”
Majorie Korn Modern Luxury Magazine