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Born October 14, 1980 as a native of Jamaica, Garris Nickle aka C.H.R.O.M.E. began his journey. By the age of 6, his mother migrated to America in hopes of stabilizing a better living for her daughter and two sons. Without his father present, the earlier part of life for C.H.R.O.M.E.’s mother was spent working long hours and furthering her education to afford a better living for her family. As he grew older, the void of not having a father created wars within C.H.R.O.M.E. that left him searching for father in older dope boys and older gang members that he hung around. This is where it all began. As the wars intensified within C.H.R.O.M.E. about why his father left and why his life was the way it was, the streets and older drug dealers became the place that he found acceptance, protection, and provision for some needs that was really meant for a father to fill. At the age of 12, he began experimenting with drugs and by the time he became a teenager he was mixing cocaine with weed and drinking. This lifestyle pushed him further into living a life totally void of sympathy for anyone in search of money, purpose, and street credibility, when what he really needed was the love of God. Though he never directly joined a gang, his affiliation with other gangs and selling drugs quickly earned him a reputation in the streets. The full affect of sin was becoming more and more evident in C.H.R.O.M.E.’s life. After several trips in and out of juvenile jail, his last major offense in 1998 landed him in prison for 52 months. C.H.R.O.M.E. was sentenced on his 18th birthday and missed out on the birth of his first daughter which occurred 6 days prior to him being sentenced which left him traumatized. In prison his ability to rap kept his reputation alive and he went by the name C.H.R.O.M.E. At the time it stood for Causing Havoc Regularly On My Enemies. Following his prison sentence he started off on the right path working and caring for his daughter, but then ended up right back in the same predicament; only this time it was a greater risk because of his criminal past. After being kicked out of his mother’s house due to his persistence of living a corrupt life, he ended up selling drugs out of a motel in Opa Locka in Miami to survive. As a juvenile who always got in trouble, there were times where he felt that God was somehow calling him based on his remembrance of several situations where God used specific individuals to speak to him about God. Right there in hotel where he was staying, in the quiet desperation within his soul to be free, is where the realization of that call came into play. Through what he believes to be God’s providence, he checked himself into a Christian drug rehab which is where his total transformation began. After his transformation C.H.R.O.M.E. ended up giving up rap for a brief period of time. Eventually he met a producer in 2004 and the passion for rap was rekindled but this time with a different aim. During this time God changed C.H.R.O.M.E.’s name to mean Christ Has Really Opened My Eyes. Shortly after, C.H.R.O.M.E. got married in a pastor’s office at a local church. Within the first year of his marriage him and his wife slept in over 22 different places including two homeless shelters. Now married with 4 girls, he has suffered and overcame the disparities of being an ex-offender, being homeless and many other difficulties that would normally cause some re-enter the prison system. As a graduate of a non-profit leadership program Public Allies through the AmeriCorps Program from 2010 to 2011 and a former youth pastor for two years in a local church, he currently serves to empower youth and his community through preaching the Gospel, teaching the word of God and using Rap as a ministry tool to reach many. Past Shows/Events Featured Artist and Speaker at Zo’s Summer Groove Youth Summit 2006 Featured Artist and Speaker at Alliance Against Violence with Senator Fredericka Wilson 2006 Earned a Certificate of Appreciation from Bay Vista Coalition for community outreach efforts 2007 Featured Artist and Panelist for the Stop The Violence Youth Summit/Pastor Victor Curry President of NAACP Miami Chapter 2008 Featured Artist on the Black Man’s Round Table hosted by the Rights Restoration Coalition 2012 Featured Artist of the grand opening of Flavor Night Friday’s a Christian night club in Miami 2013