We are starting off this week with yet another historical announcement!
We are honored to welcome to the Independent Ear Family
Christopher D. Sims
Christopher D. Sims a.k.a. UniverSouLove is an internationally known poet, spoken word artist, performer, and recording artist. Born and raised in Rockford, IL, Christopher has become a seasoned writer and artist since he delved into the poetry and spoken word realm in the late 90s.
Sidewalk Cafe, formerly of Memphis, TN is where he first recited as a spoken word poet. Christopher later came on board as a regular at Precious Cargo where he began to hone his speaking gift. Since then he made an appearance in Tennessee to perform at the Memphis Black Writers Conference & Film Festival.
Christopher D. Sims has been featured as a spoken word artist in Washington, DC, Toronto, Canada, ON, Memphis, TN, Chicago, IL, New York City, Louisville, KY, De Kalb, IL, Chicago, IL, and other places. Christopher is one of the country’s top premier poets and spoken word artists, which has led him to become an extraordinary community organizer, activist, educator, and positive role model for the youth.
Most recently, he was accepted to represent the international website for independent artists Sound Cloud as their Rockford, IL area SoundCloud Hero (Leader and Ambassador) and has a new book of poetry released in 2013 entitled Universal Citizen.
Christopher has been known in the Independent Ear family since the beginning of the company back in 2011. Christopher’s work alongside North & Vortex in Ladder To The Sun and their 2012 release titled “The Naturals” is what inspired our Founder Phillip Ryan Block to create Independent Ear all those years ago. Christopher & Phillip have been chatting about working together on his spoken word since those days. Fast forward to this summer… Christopher & Phillip ran into eachother at a local HipHop event that was being hosted in their hometown of Rockford, IL. The discussion began again about not only working in the studio but also in working on developing Christopher as an artist & helping him acheive his goals for his music & poetry.
Christopher has always been a great friend since meeting back in 2011 & I’m honored now to be producing his debut solo album. Working with Christopher is not only an incredible honor but it is also a great opportunity for us (Independent Ear) to dive into Spoken Word which is a genre we haven’t yet fully worked in. Christopher is an inspiration to many around the country for his work as a poet & an activist. I am one of those that is inspired by him.. Welcome to the family Christopher, I am proud to call you my brother! – Phillip Ryan Block, Founder & CEO of Independent Ear
As of August 12th we will be hitting the studio to work on the new album from Christopher, so stay tuned for more on the album that has been titled “Serious Fun”. For updates & more make sure to follow Christopher on Facebook & Twitter!