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About Brant Christopher

Changing the planet by eliminating injustice is challenge enough for most folks. But singer/songwriter/social activist Brant Christopher is on a mission to transform many worlds – and simultaneously at that. First and foremost, he consistently uses his esteemed musical platform to aid in a campaign to end global slavery as soon as possible. Additionally, he is metamorphosing into a new kind of musical artist; one nearly inseparable from the issues he speaks out about.

Officially, Christopher serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Artist in Residence for the Not For Sale Campaign. In this
capacity, Christopher is out to put a stop to slavery in our lifetime as one prominent face for this activist organization. After a recent
pivotal encounter with David Batstone, the writer of the organization-inspiring book, Not for Sale, Brant quickly recognized an
obvious synergy between his music and Batstone’s gift for impassioned public speaking. This meeting of minds and hearts quickly resulted in the pair embarking upon a unique partnership tour together. “We met in August of last year,” Christopher recalls, “We played one spontaneous show together and for the rest of the year we planned out a multimedia concert tour. In the middle of my concerts, David would tell stories between songs. We would use compelling video that told the story of the global slave trade, which then brought it home to what’s happening in people’s own backyards. Mostly, we would provide ways for people to be engaged in the fight to end slavery. We are now in the midst of a 100-city, six country tour.”

Fans and critics alike realize social activism is nothing new for Christopher. With his acclaimed band, Fort Pastor, each tour stop
acted as a fresh opportunity to engage audiences in bettering their local communities. But global slavery, which Christopher sometimes
refers to as an invisible evil, struck a compassionate nerve that re energized both the man and his music. “I wrote one song called
“Shoes For Margaret” that’s on the album, which came directly from a story from David’s book, Not For Sale. It’s about a woman from Uganda. And that kind of grew into, ‘You know what? I think I can do a whole album.’” The result is the passionate new Climb, an album where 100% of the proceeds go towards fighting human trafficking. “I started writing this album that I thought would be focusing on the concept of freedom and awareness and how we need to open our eyes to human trafficking,” Christopher explains “And really, what I ended up with was something completely different. I didn’t realize what I’d done but it became much more from a victim’s perspective.”

It wasn’t just Christopher’s political instincts that were enhanced and expanded with this latest recording experience, however. Climb
also brought out the heretofore unheard rootsier sound in Christopher’s artistic portfolio. “This is much more soul music for
me,” Christopher explains. “It’s been such a weird transition for me, coming from this world music vibe of Fort Pastor.” During this
revolutionary enlightenment, artists such as Irish musician Foy Vance left a lasting impression on Christopher’s craft. “He’s the most
soulful singer I’ve ever heard!” Christopher says, enthusiastically. After saturating himself in Vance’s unique Irish soul blend, as well
as Marc Broussard’s more Americanized musings, Christopher soon happened upon his comfortable new musical operating procedure. “I kind of feel like I’ve found my voice. I’m not screaming. I’m not hitting these massive rock songs. It’s much lower in my range, and I’m much more able to express myself vocally doing that.”

With Climb, Christopher is elevating his art to the next level as a new styled Pied Piper of aural activism. “I feel like it’s kind of the
next generation of singer/songwriter,” he elaborates. “I think that people are getting a little more savvy with their music and they want
more than just music. They want to get behind a cause. They want to get behind something that their favorite artist believes in. They want to know more than just the music. There’s a whole generation that doesn’t want just talk – they want action.”

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