Chris Powell is a professional musician, producer, manager, and educator. He has been in the music business for more than 30 years. Powell began in a local band in Columbus Ohio called the Soul Superbs. That band morphed into a band called Nytro and was signed to Whitfield Records which was distributed by Warner Brothers. The label was run by the legendary songwriter and producer Norman Whitfield of Motown fame.  Powell played saxophone on many of the Rose Royce hits and learned many of his production skills from Norman.  Chris went on to become one of The “Punk Funk Horns” with another legend, the iconic Rick James also of Motown fame. Powell created his own band Koko-Pop while touring and performing with Rick James. They signed a two album deal with Motown Records themselves. This was the beginning of Powell’s official production career. Some artists he has produced include Paula Abdul, Troop, Teen Dream, Chill Factor, Rashad and Destiny’s Child (Beyonce’, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams). He has also recorded with legends like Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. Chris became disenchanted with the recording industry in 1997 and began driving school buses for the Columbus Public School District. He found that one of the best ways to keep the students quiet was playing the radio. This is when the idea of “S.T.A.R.S.” was conceptualized. Powell created a program based upon the competitive and creative musical concepts he learned being a part of the Motown System and combined them with the business model of “Jr. Achievement”. In 2001 S.T.A.R.S. was launched.



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