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Born in the United Kingdom, Kristien Baines began piano lessons when he was eight years old. His natural talent and love of the piano soon became apparent and throughout his latter teens and early 20's Kris played keyboard for several UK and US bands, travelling extensively. During this time, Kris honed his talent and gained valuable experience in performing, recording and composition.
Whilst in Los Angeles, Kris' long time quest for spiritual truth and the meaning/purpose of life ended. Having put the claims of Christ to the test, Kris came to realise that Jesus was indeed ‘the way, the truth and the life' (John 14:6, The Bible) and soon after committed his life to Jesus Christ. While this new direction saw Kris gradually move away from the mainstream music scene, his love for music and talent continued to grow.
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. After helping with the planting of Calvary Chapel Auckland and serving there for several years as a youth pastor/worship leader, Kris and Becky moved to Christchurch to plant Calvary Chapel Christchurch (now Redemption Church)- a non-denominational church affiliated with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California.
After moving to Christchurch, Kris recorded two more solo piano CDs, Selah Hymns 2 and Selah Christmas. Kris has also composed for film, scoring the soundtrack for Meet Me In Miami - an independent feature film that premiered in Christchurch. 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, and the producer and director were very happy with the results.
The fact that Kris still plays the piano is both a miracle and a testimony itself to the grace of God. In the mid 90's, he was advised to stop playing after being diagnosed with Repetitive Strain Injury in both hands. However, he says that God miraculously intervened, healing him and enabling him to play to this day without any of the pain he experienced previously.
The Selah CD series is a reflection of Kris' love for the great hymns of the past. "I like the idea of playing instrumental versions of great hymns in a very expressive way and also using improvisation. With such powerful and emotive words, I think it's important to put a lot of feeling into the music," he says.
Kris has recently made a move back into composition work, scoring for film, tv, radio etc. With a versatile playing style, Kris has the ability to compose music in various styles and genres, ranging from easy listening solo piano to epic-style movie scores.
Kris is married to his wife Becky and they live in Christchurch, New Zealand with their 6 (nearly 7!) children Sarah, Holly, Abigail, Gabriel, Charlotte & Emelia. Kris spends his time writing and recording music for visual media, working as a Paramedic, serving as a pastor at Redemption Church, and runs the Psalm 12:1 Project ministry for men.
Above all, Kris loves to spend time with his wife and children, without whose support he says he would not achieve anything!
KRIS WITH HIS FAMILY (Wife: Becky. Children: Sarah, Holly, Abigail, Gabriel, Charlotte & Emelia)