St. Hilaire’s passion for music took form at an early age, but it wasn’t until age thirteen when he began playing drums. Listening and playing to records by Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson informed and influenced his playing. Though, it was the music of The Beatles that shaped St. Hilaire’s vocal, harmony structure, and songwriting style the most. St. Hilaire’s father is also a musician, a guitarist who toured with Chubby Checker, and became a huge influence on his playing.
In 2008, Chris St. Hilaire co-founded the internationally acclaimed rock duo The London Souls, and went on to tour with the band for ten years, playing theatres such as Carnegie Hall and the Beacon Theatre, and festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Governor’s Ball, and Pinkpop.
As a session musician, Chris St. Hilaire has had the privilege of writing and recording with artists such as Dan Auerbach (Waiting on a Song), Eric Krasno (Blood from a Stone), Ceelo Green, and Marcus King.
Chris St. Hilaire believes that merging music and activism is vital to sustaining a creative community, and that artists have an opportunity to be cultural leaders, not just entertainers.