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Chris Grayston

A&R Music Consultant 

Chris Grayston is a freelance music consultant for aspiring singers and acts and is also employed regularly as an A&R scout by Sony Music Entertainment and Thames television.

Music Consultant

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. Chris is now one of the most intuitive and experienced talent scouts in the country. 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.

Chris Grayston has also been responsible for finding and developing new artists for Sony Music and Thames Television working on sucessful shows such as The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.

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, Stooshe, The Hoosiers, and Funeral for a Friend.

A&R Music Consultant

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

Music industry judges are at every stage of the music competition from the auditions to the Grand Final, including judges that work for the three major record labels (Universal, Warner and Sony) in attendance at last year’s competition, as well as national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses. Check out the full list of industry judges.

Want to play in front of these judges? Get your music heard by the right people and what could be better than to perform in front of them LIVE? Enter the Songwriting Competition now.

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Songwriting Tips

  • GUITAR TECHNIQUES


    GUITAR TECHNIQUES

    Guitar techniques on using dynamics.

    Guitar Techniques: Knowing how to use guitar techniques and dynamics is essential to performers as these can help to spice up your playing, and also your songwriting. Using guitar techniques …

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  • SONG STRUCTURE FOR SONGWRITERS


    Song Structure for Songwriters 

    Song structure tips help you to focus your song effectively

     

    Song Structure for Songwriters: So you want to write a hit song? Deciding upon your song structure is one of the most important judgments to …

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  • MUSICAL DYNAMICS


    MUSICAL DYNAMICS

    Varying musical dynamics whilst singing

     

    Musical Dynamics: Tips on how a songwriter can use musical dynamics to enhance their performance. Musical dynamics are a tool that all singers can use to prevent their performance …

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  • PERFORMING SONG COVERS


    PERFORMING SONG COVERS

    How to perform song covers originally

     

    Performing Song Covers: If you are struggling for inspiration to write songs, you may consider choosing song covers instead. This is obviously a big risk to take, so before you …

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  • PLANNING A MUSIC EVENT


    PLANNING A MUSIC EVENT

    Planning a music event before, during and after.

     

    Planning a Music Event: Promotion is one of the most important factors of a music event. Knowing how to successful promote when planning a music event is essential for …

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  • GUITAR PLAYING - WARM UPS


    GUITAR PLAYING - WARM UPS

    Information about guitar playing warm ups 

     

    Guitar Playing Warm Ups: The most underrated part of playing but perhaps one of the most crucial is guitar warm up. Carrying out a guitar playing warm ups routine …

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  • TIPS ON PLAYING GUITAR


    TIPS ON PLAYING GUITAR

    Tips to help you when performing and playing guitar

     

    Tips on Playing Guitar: Playing guitar whilst performing can throw off even the most experienced of performers so you will maybe have to have the mindset as if you& …

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Songwriting Feedback

  • MANCHESTER SONGWRITING COMPETITION


    MANCHESTER SONGWRITING COMPETITION

    Songwriters came to showcase their songs at the Manchester Songwriting Competition

    Manchester Songwriting Competition: Songwriters from the Manchester came to performance in front of industry judges this …

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  • SONGWRITING TIPS – GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK


    SONGWRITING TIPS – GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK

    Songwriting Tips from the Winners Songwriting Competition Grand Final.

    Songwriting Tips: Future Music’s Songwriting Competition Grand Final took place this weekend at the world-renowned music …

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  • SONGWRITING CONTEST– GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK


    SONGWRITING CONTEST– GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK

    2015 Songwriting Contest Feedback from the Runners Up Songwriters Grand Final.

    Songwriting Contest: Future Music’s Songwriting Contest Grand Final took place this weekend at the world- …

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  • READING UK SONGWRITING CONTEST


    READING UK SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Songwriter's feedback provided at the Reading UK Songwriting Contest

    Reading UK Songwriting Contest: Future Music’s songwriting competition came to Sub89 in Reading this weekend for the Reading UK songwriting …

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  • SOUTHAMPTON SONGWRITING CONTEST


    SOUTHAMPTON SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Songwriter's feedback is provided at the Southampton songwriting contest

    Southampton Songwriting Contest: Talented songwriters came to The Engine Rooms in Southampton this weekend for the Southampton songwriting …

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  • MANCHESTER SONGWRITING CONTEST


    MANCHESTER SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Songwriters came to showcase their songs at the Manchester Songwriting Contest

    Manchester Songwriting Contest: Songwriters from the Manchester came to perform on stage this weekend to showcase their songwriting …

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  • SHEFFIELD SONGWRITING CONTEST


    SHEFFIELD SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Feedback was provided for songwriter’s at the Sheffield Songwriting Contest

    Sheffield Songwriting Contest: The best songwriters in the Sheffield area came to perform at the Sheffield Songwriting Contest. The …

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Songwriting Contest News

  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN LIVERPOOL


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN LIVERPOOL

    The largest search for UK songwriters comes to Liverpool.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Liverpool: The largest search for UK songwriters is coming to Liverpool. The UK Songwriting Contest in Liverpool is a brand …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN READING


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN READING

    Fancy showcasing your songwriting? Check out the brand new UK Songwriting Contest!

    UK Songwriting Contest in Reading: If you are a songwriter from Reading or around the area you should check out the new UK …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN MILTON KEYNES


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN MILTON KEYNES

    Calling all talented songwriters from Milton Keynes - The UK Songwriting Contest is looking for you!

    UK Songwriting Contest in Milton Keynes: The brand new UK Songwriting Contest is calling all talented …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRISTOL


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRISTOL

    The new UK Songwriting Contest is coming to Bristol.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Bristol: Future Music has launched a brand new UK Songwriting Contest and it is coming to Bristol. The UK Songwriting Contest in …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SHEFFIELD


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SHEFFIELD

    Future Music's brand new Songwriting Contest in Sheffield.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Sheffield: Future Music boasts an impressive list of established songwriters, and now they are looking to find the next best …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SOUTHAMPTON


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SOUTHAMPTON

    The largest UK Songwriting Contest comes to Southampton.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Southampton: The company behind the discovery of many of the best songwriters, Future Music, have produced a new Songwrting …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRIGHTON


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRIGHTON

    Want the chance to potentially get signed as a songwriter? Enter the UK Songwriting Contest in Brighton! 

    UK Songwriting Contest in Brighton: The brand new UK Songwriting Contest is in search for the best …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN NEWCASTLE


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN NEWCASTLE

    Get your songwriting heard at the UK Songwriting Contest in Newcastle!  

    UK Songwriting Contest in Newcastle: Future Music is responsible for discovering many of the best songwriters in the UK such as: …

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