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Christopher Vizcarra

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — Christopher Vizcarra, a prodigy since age 7, began performing at local festivals and community events at 14 when he heard British power metal band DragonForce.

“They helped me discover a passion and talent for many genres I never thought I had,” he

said.

On New Year’s Day, after 15 years as a determined solo artist, Vizcarra, now 29, received the call he’d been waiting for. 

A scout from Bentley Records decided to bring him on board.

Award winning R&B singer and songwriter Luca Dayz and Tommy O, Michael Jackson’s guitarist, are a couple of examples of artists who are signed with them. 

He describes his own style as power metal, a subgenre of heavy metal that has a faster, lighter and more uplifting sound. 

The style originated in the 1970s and ’80s. DragonForce, Power Quest, Rhapsody, Ozzy Osbourne and bandmate Randy Rhoads are other examples, Vizcarra said.

In 2008, his determination reached an extraordinary level when he attended a DragonForce concert.

“Seeing them for the first time inspired me beyond belief. I vowed to myself one way or another, I, too, would be on stage and maybe even alongside them.”

That year, he also performed for the WIAA Hardwood Classic at the Yakima Sundome. 

He also received an invitation to attend Full Sail University, an accelerated institution in Winter Park, Fla., for those pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. 

He graduated in music production from Full Sail in 2016.

He caught the attention of Derrick Harvin, a multiplatinum music producer who has worked with artists such as 50 Cent, Hilary Duff, Chaka Khan, Natasha Bedingfield and Backstreet Boys. 

He returned to Sunnyside and began working diligently on his own music.

“My dream is to make an album and tour with DragonForce as their third guitarist,” Vizcarra said. 

He also plans to resurrect music by ’70s and ’80s big hair bands and aspires to be the next Herman Li, Marty Friedman, Steve Vai and Randy Rhoads.

For now, he continues to work on his album, schedule his first concert and tour under his newly inked contract.

For more information, contact Vizcarra at 206-765-6272 or christophervizcarra.com.