Kris Baines - Pianist & Composer
Born in the United Kingdom, Kris Baines began piano lessons when he was eight years old. His natural talent and love of the piano soon became apparent and throughout his later teens and early 20's Kris played keyboard for several UK and US bands, traveling extensively. During this time, Kris honed his talent and gained valuable experience in performing, recording, and composition.
In 1998, Kris moved to New Zealand where he taught over 60 students as a full-time piano teacher. In 2002, He finished recording his first solo piano CD entitled Selah Hymns. In 2003 Kris recorded two more solo piano CDs, Selah Hymns 2 and Selah Christmas. These solo piano albums are still purchased and streamed worldwide via Spotify, iTunes, and other streaming outlets.
Kris has also composed for film, scoring the soundtrack for Meet Me In Miami - an independent feature film that premiered in Christchurch, NZ. Kris was invited to submit a demo cue for the movie's most important scene, and following this Kris was asked to score all but 2 cues for the entire movie. The whole process from composing to recording the score was done within 2 stressful weeks, but the producer and director were very happy with the results.Over the last 15 years, Kris has worked on various projects including scoring the music for various TV commercials/programmes.
Kris certainly leans towards a "melancholy" style in his composition, loving more than anything to compose and perform music that really moves people, stirs the emotions, and touches the soul. There is nothing more central in Kris' life than his faith as a follower of Christ, whom he considers to be the ultimate Giver of the gift of music, and the greatest inspiration in his life.
In early 2017 Kris was able to put some time into recording his first solo piano album of original compositions - some of which were composed 20 years ago! On 20th October 2017 this album, "Melodies & Interludes Vol. 1" was released worldwide. Kris hopes to follow this up with the release of a Vol. 2 & 3 in the near future. On 16th April, 2018 Kris released a new single, his reflective solo piano arrangement of "God Defend New Zealand", the New Zealand national anthem. This was followed by his first music video of the arrangement, which can be viewed on both Facebook & YouTube. Both the track and the video received much interest gaining over 40,000 views on Facebook, and also the video featured on Prime Time TV News here in NZ.
Kris is also privileged to be a "Whisperings Solo Piano Artist", and be part of the worldwide community of pianists, who each specialize in solo piano composition. Kris also serves as the founding pastor of Redemption Church, and runs a ministry with his family called Eternal Purpose Ministries. Above all, Kris loves to spend time with his wife Becky, and their 8 children, without whose support he says he would not achieve anything!