Columbus Native Brings His Soulful Lyrics To The Ohio State Fair

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UPDATED: Wednesday July 23, 2014 6:18 PM

The opening act on the first night at the Ohio State Fair will feature a home-grown success story, whose gift made room for him in a very unusual way.

Columbus singer/song writer Christon Gray is preparing for an exciting moment in his musical career. He's opening for Boyz II Men Thursday night at the Ohio State Fair.

Gray is the beneficiary of perfect timing.  He has just released an album of his own entitled School Of Roses that became an instant hit.  He put the album out in March and it reached the top five on R&B charts, just under John Legend.  It also reached number one on iTunes for a week straight.

The State Fair's entertainment director saw that and asked Gray if he'd like to be the opening act on opening night.   “For me, this is a little introduction to my own city in a lot of ways. You know, I grew up here,” Grey explains.

Christon - who learned to play the piano at age 11 - started producing his own music at age 12.  He's fond of writing songs and raps about relationships:  his marriage, being a father of a two-year-old, and his relationship with God.

He says his ultimate goal is to win a Grammy, but not at the cost of losing himself.   “I made a promise if the integrity of what I sing about is not showcased in my lifestyle, then I’ll stop.  I want to be living proof of that I write."

You can catch Christon Gray, Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. 

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