Chris Hau is Phase 5′s first International Team Rider, representing Ontario, Canada. Chris has been shredding a Phase 5 for a couple years now and has really come a long way in such a short time. When he is not on the lake Chris is playing a gig somewhere. He is a very talented musician as well as wake surfer. We are proud to announce that Chris will be teaching, competing and performing at the Calabogie Wake Surf Championship in July!
Chris Hau wears his heart on his guitar. His finely honed acoustic music blends soft rock, hip-hop, and pop with intimate lyrics, playful harmonies, and catchy hooks that win over audiences. His positive energy will hit you like a wave and his charming smile, infectious warmth, and charismatic attitude will make you want to come along for the ride.
Chris was originally born in Aurora, Ontario before making his way to Toronto. He learned music at a very young age and began writing songs while at Cardinal Carter High School in Aurora, Ontario. Chris began recording in 2009 and in 2010 he released his very first EP, “The Ambassador of Comfort”. From 2010-2012, Chris played bass in the rock band “The Bloody Five” with his high school English teacher and released a full length rock album entitled “Unreleased”. Since then Chris has focused his energy back on his solo project and is releasing a new EP in 2013. Chris has played in such venues as the Opera House, The Drake, and the Aurora Jazz Festival.
Chris has worked to create a mature and powerful sound. This year he teamed up with producer Sean Michael Paddison (Michael Jackson, Vanilla Ice) to record his first professionally produced single Heroes – a song about Chris’ late uncle, Glen Cotter, who played for the Toronto Argonauts. Chris keeps fans humming to such songs as Watch Your Back and Wonder MC days after hearing them for the first time. Through joy, pain, trial and reward Chris has managed to find a spiritual connection with his music.
Over the past few years, you may have seen Chris in several roles – performing with a guitar circle consisting of people ranging in age from seventeen to eighty, playing bass as a random substitute on a cruise ship with the house band, jamming on a beach in Turks and Caicos with a forty-year bonfire guitar veteran, or busking in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
“I’m just looking to write and play songs that I truly love and are as genuine as possible,” says Chris as he pushes his hair out of his eyes. “It’s just me and my acoustic guitar up there and my songs and stories are a way of connecting with the audience.” The 21-year-old acoustic singer songwriter has begun to make a name for himself in the solo music scene. With his high energy shows and a natural connection with the audience, Chris is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Playing music is just one of several ways that Chris is able to win over new people. From the moment you meet him, you know you’ve gained a genuine friend. You can bet that the hundreds of people who have met him before and the millions to come will reach that same conclusion. If you are experiencing Chris one-on-one, face-to-face or on a stage in front of a huge crowd of fans, you will feel that intimacy and the positive energy that Chris exudes.
Here is Chris’ latest video – Heroes. Big props to Chris for producing such an amazing song and video.
Here’s a taste of Chris shredding on the water. Can’t wait to see all this talent come up to Calabogie!