Joshua Christopher Reid, better known as Chris Buxton, is a South Carolina native that makes Alternative music with Hip-Hop and Pop undertones. Starting at the age of 14, Chris spent most of his time recording out of his uncle’s local shop. These experiences in his early days nurtured his love for music. Nearly a decade later, Chris is gearing up to release his extended play, Love Me While I’m Here, a collection of 5 new songs that wear his angsty heart on his sleeves.
Inspired equally by his adopted love for early 2000’s punk-rock (Green Day, Blink-182, Good Charlotte, Yellow Card), indie/alt (Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, The Killers, The Temper Trap), and his hip-hop tastes (Childish Gambino, Kid Cudi, Pharrell, Drake), Buxton is able to create a sound that is fresh and that bends between so many genres. However, Chris is no “overnight success”, but he is a sensation to everyone that hears him.
In 2016, Buxton’s professional music journey started with his first release titled Remember. After recording the song in his living room, Buxton felt it was only right to throw the song up on Soundcloud. With the song being so personal, the initial reaction to the song was mind-blowing to the young artist. After only a day on Soundcloud, the song had amassed over 50k streams, and it was being used as background music for the most popular sports and media pages on Instagram. The success was overwhelming at first, but Chris continued to push it by placing the song on other music platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. After a month of being on Spotify, the song had reached over 250k streams, and it was put into countless playlists such as New Music Friday Norway and Discover Weekly. The song has now amassed over 3 million plays across music platforms. At that moment, Chris knew he had a bright future in music.
After a couple more sporadic releases in 2016, Buxton was reached out to by Skizzy Mars to join his music collective Penthouse Music. This would lead to many opportunities for Buxton. With his recent success, Chris joined Felly on his tour throughout the Carolina’s. This was the first tour Buxton had ever been on. After returning from tour, Chris released his highly awaited single Mary, Lucy, I. The song was placed on New Music Friday Norway and New Music Friday Finland. The initial response on the single was very positive, and the song was posted by publications such as Revolt, MTV UK, and Earmilk. In addition, Chris also has songwriting credits on Ted Park’s album They Don’t Know, and he also has credits on Scott Helman’s Ripple Effect [91goat Remix] as a featured artist.
With the the success of his projects and singles, Buxton is truly creating a lane for himself. Fast forward to present day, Buxton has over 10 million streams across music platforms. He has a project titled Nostalgia that went #18 on the iTunes charts, and he has also played in countless shows and festivals. Between 2017 and 2019, Chris has performed at Breakaway Music Festival and Grave Diggers Ball in Charlotte. He played those festivals with acts such as Diplo, Cheat Codes, Lil Dicky, 24hrs, and Madeintyo. In addition to that, he has also provided support for Rich Homie Quan, and he was an opener on Felly’s 2016 tour throughout the Carolina’s. In the late Summer or 2019, Chris had his first Headline show in Charlotte, NC where he sold it out. As for right now, Chris is preparing to release his new project Love Me While I’m Here, and he is expecting a strong 2020 campaign.