Kris Baines - Pianist | Composer


Selah Christmas

by Kris Baines

Released 2002
Selah Recordings
Released 2002
Selah Recordings
Relaxing, inspirational and touching solo piano arrangements of traditional Christmas carols.
Selah Christmas
Performed on solo piano by UK pianist, Kris Baines (Pastor of CC Christchurch, New Zealand), this CD provides one hour of beautiful and soul-touching arrangements of your traditional Christmas favourites. Loved by young and old, this collection of sensitively played instrumentals will add a peaceful backdrop to the rush of the season, inspiring the listener to ponder on the real meaning of the holidays. The CD itself is a testimony to God's grace and healing power, as over a decade ago, Kris Baines was told he would never play the piano again due to developing severe RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury). However, God miraculously intervened, healing Kris and enabling him to play to this day

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 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 - 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 undertaken some film/TV music composition, scoring the soundtrack for Meet Me In Miami, an independent feature film that premiered in Christchurch.

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 is married to his wife Becky and they live in Christchurch, New Zealand with their 4 children Sarah, Holly, Abigail & Gabriel. Kris spends his time doing Bible Teaching/Pastoral Care/Administration at Calvary Chapel Christchurch, works as a relief Ambulance Officer for St Johns, and writes/records music as and when the opportunities arise. Aside from those activities, Kris loves to spend time with his wife and children, without whose support he says he would not achieve anything!