Christopher Johnny Gould Jr. is a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a returned missionary for the Church and is a devoted follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. He has been in the music business since he was in Junior High School, earning awards and honors in choir and solo competitions. He also studied music in college and earned a certification in audio engineering. He favors us in his first video with an original hymn based on a scripture from the Book of Mormon. The title of the song is “Come unto Christ.”
Christopher is a great-great-great grandson of Parley P. Pratt. He created an arrangement of “Jesus Once of Humble Birth” combined with a composition called “The Living Christ.” He also created an original medley of songs about the savior combined into a salute to the Savior’s sacrifice and love for us. For his second music cover submission, he performs a cover of “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton, which he sings about his dad who passed away 12 years ago in 2006. They were both fans of Eric Clapton and played his music together. Christopher has also performed a cover of “Pride and Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughan. He says that the song is “written with the first guitar technique my father taught me – the blues in e major. The lyrics describe to me how a loving man should value his eternal companion and love her.”
During his first semester at college, Christopher sang the timeless hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” at recitals and concerts. He started off 2019 by performing his rendition of a song called Tick Tock” by the Vaughn brothers. He and his father had planned to record the song on a father and son album that they never finished. The lyrics to the song describe a world with peace, the kind of peace that will exist Jesus Christ comes again. The title itself, “Tick Tock,” is sort of a warning to get ready for the soon return of Christ.
Christopher also created a personal arrangement of the hymn “Lord, I Would Follow Thee.” This hymn is special to him because during his first Christmas as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Idaho, he and his companion, Elder Charles Valentino, performed the hymn at five baptisms (three of which they sang in Spanish). Elder Valentino’s harmonic combination and Christopher’s steady melody was incredible. Christopher says that he regrets that he and his companion never recorded a music video of them singing the song. In that video, he plays his Stratocaster guitar. He also uses an acoustic guitar that once belonged to his father, which he got while serving his mission in San Diego, California.
Christopher is also a huge Star Wars fan. He was inspired by the story of the redemption of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader because just like Paul the apostle and Alma the younger, Vader caused pain and suffering, but just like them he eventually gained redemption. Some time ago he wrote a one verse song called “It Was Never Too Late.” The song is about repentance, redemption, and knowing that there is always a way back.