Artist and performer extraordinaire, Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers has signed with Seattle-based Save the City Records. The deal includes a number of future projects in addition to the label release of Chambers’ popular My Time CD today through Save The City Records/Provident-Integrity Distribution.
“Byron brings energy and joy wherever he goes,” declares Derek Hoiem, president of Save the City Records. “His enthusiasm for life and his excellence shines whether he’s onstage with tobyMac or performing as a solo artist. Byron has brought his multi-faceted musical talents to many Grammy-winning and Dove-award winning platforms, and now we have a chance to showcase his career as a solo artist. He is a perfect fit in our artist family and he shares our passion for excellence in music and in ministry.”
“I am very excited to partner with Save The City Records!” comments Chambers. “Derek Hoiem’s vision is exactly what I’ve been praying for to happen in this music industry — someone who’s cutting edge and excited about bringing new talent that can not only reach the church, but the world at large! So, let’s go!”
The Orlando-born performer is no stranger to the stage or the recording studio. Chambers grew up in a musical household where he was exposed to everything from Gospel to Jazz, but the one particular sound that captured his heart and imagination was the Talkbox. He heard it used by R&B Funk Master Roger Troutman and knew immediately that he had to make it his own.His excellence as a writer, arranger, musician and performer opened doors for him, and Chambers soon found himself performing alongside such Gospel greats as Jonathan Butler, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Fred Hammond, CeCe Winans, Kurt Carr and Bishop T.D. Jakes, to name just a few.
Chambers’ career exploded with he was offered a shot at playing keys with mega-pop band *NSYNC, and he has since toured and performed with pop superstars like the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, O-Town, Gloria Estefan and Jordan Knight. But as heady as the bright lights of fame and fortune can be, it can also take a toll. Chambers took a good hard look at where his life was headed, and he didn’t like what he saw.
He decided to step away from *NSYNC in order to focus more time on his wife and family.
“God told me at the height of my blossoming career to leave the road and dedicate my life to him, and he would bless my music to minister to the world,” Chambers says simply.
And God has been faithful to His Word. Chambers connected with hiphop superstar tobyMac and was featured on the Grammy-nominated, Dove Award winning projects Welcome to Diverse City and Portable Sounds. He won his own Dove Award for Hip Hop Song of the Year for co-writing the Group 1 Crew song “Movin.” He did guests spots for such influential artists as Martha Munizzi, O-Town and American Idol finalist Danny Gokey.
“Byron ‘Mr. Talkbox’ Chambers has the unique ability to make brilliant music that not only motivates and inspires the heart and soul, but makes you wanna get up and dance!” says Gokey.
Chambers’ debut independent solo CD, My Testimony, impacted sales in more than 17 countries and went on to become one of CDBaby.com’s top sellers. Mr. Talkbox’s latest project, My Time, is set to impact an even broader audience, due to his new relationship with Save the City Records and Provident-Integrity Distribution.
My Time has already made quite an impact with its first radio single, “Ground Zero,” cracking the Top 10 on the Rhythmic Charts. Jesus Freak Hideout declared, “Chambers expertly lays down the beats…leading to a very catchy and infectious record.”
“Mr. Talkbox is bringin’ new flavor to our industry,” says tobyMac. “He has been on the road with me for over a year now and his heart is as big as his hooks. The Mac household has his CD in regular rotation. For real!”