Chris Grayston is a music consultant for aspiring singers and is also employed on a regular basis as an A&R scout by Modest Management, Sony Music Entertainment and Thames television.
Currently Chris is employed by MAS Records through the University of Kidderminster which, in partnership with local education authorities, looks to develop music in the UK by supporting young adults.
Open Mic UK founder
As founder of Open Mic UK, Chris works alongside the competition for Future Music often as head judge at the shows and outside of the competition to develop, mentor and advise emerging artists to further their careers.
Chris Grayston has either co-managed, signed to record labels or discovered acts such as Birdy, Karen Harding, Jacob Banks, Lucy Spraggan and Luke Friend, all of whom had success first in the Future Music competitions before getting signed to major record labels. Click here to see previous winners and participants of the competition.
A&R music consultant Chris Grayston has seen more unsigned acts than anyone else in the music industry and his eye for under the radar talent in the UK is undeniable. Seeing over 75,000 acts perform all over the UK means Chris Grayston’s knowledge, insight and enthusiasm is second to none
A&R Music Consultant
Chris Grayston has also been responsible for finding and developing new artists for Sony Music and Thames Television working on successful shows, such as The Voice, Voice Kids, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
Many of the acts through the Future Music competition have gone on to have success on these programmes including the 2019 Voice winner Molly Hocking and UK’s Eurovision representative Michael Rice.
Chris began his career as a music promoter, organising tours and events for some of the UK’s most recognised dance acts including Darren Styles, Carl Cox, Andy C, Radio 1’s DJ Judge Jules, Spoony, Fabio and Grooverider. His sell-out events, including a packed Wembley Arena with over 12,000 music fans and in more recent times the festival Live Fest at The O2 which included acts such as Zane Lowe, Tinchy Stryder, Roll Deep, Kids in Glass Houses, The Hoosiers, and Funeral for a Friend.
After such a successful and credible run in the events industry, it resulted in Chris Grayston being approached by an act to release their tracks, instigating the creation of his own record label Hectic Records. Rapidly evolving into four labels, Hectic Records quickly became known as one of the biggest dance labels in the country, boasting in excess of a 100 singles, over a million sales across the group and releasing over ten compilations and albums.
Chris Grayston has also written and co-produced his own music, signing with major labels in territories across the globe including Sony Music in Europe, Elap, Central Station Records and achieved a top 5 in the national charts in Australia and in America with New York based label Pacific Time. This culminated in chart success and a soundtrack deal for the comedy Blockbuster Grown Ups. Chris Grayston’s CV also boasts collaborations with influential acts and producers all over the UK from SL2 (On a Ragga Tip) to The Wide Boys (who recently remixed Sugababes and Rhianna).
Head of A&R – Chris Grayston
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