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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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Chris Assaad Chris Assaad singer. songwriter. masterpiece creator.

Chris Assaad left a promising career in law several years ago to pursue his dream in music. He’s been actively using his voice to enCOURAGE others to follow their dreams, express their creativity and live life to the fullest. [www.chrisassaad.com]

There’s no greater thrill than the enlivening buzz of creativity flowing through me. Whether it manifests as a song, the written or spoken word, dancing, painting, coloring, or straight up silliness and playing just for laughs, the act of creation is one of the most joy-bearing and fundamental experiences that simultaneously reminds me of my spiritual essence and my human nature. The ability to imagine and bring forth something new, to innovate and express that which comes from within is one of the most amazing gifts we as humans possess. At the same time, the ineffable and transcendent nature of authentic heart-and-soul inspired art is always eluding to the greater Divine forces at work.

Those one-of-a-kind moments of grace when an idea strikes, when a melody arrives or when a vision first appears are truly sacred and magical. I live for those moments. In some way, every thing I do in my life in art or in relation to the people and world around me is an attempt to make room for that magic to unfold. That is why I ultimately chose the creative path. It is so deeply intertwined with the spiritual journey, and both lead to the realm of our highest potential. For me, life and art, spirituality and creativity, are truly one and the same.

I walk this path one step at a time and strive to always honor each step by living fully and passionately. By loving and expressing wholeheartedly. By always striving to do my best. By seeking to be true to the highest conception of what we are all capable of. By dreaming unapologetically. By gratefully celebrating every little dream that is caught and comes true. By asking questions and humbly engaging in an ongoing process of spiritual and creative curiosity. By exploring my beliefs and stories about life, people and myself and ensuring that I powerfully choose ones that are in alignment with the experience of freedom, love, and connection that I desire. Most of all, by remembering that life is in itself but a passing moment, a flash, a melody, a photograph and yet a masterpiece that is ours to create, express, and experience.

– Chris Assaad

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