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Born Christopher Antonio Elliott, “The Real Frii” aka FriiStyle Gahspol, literally, has his way with words. As a seasoned orator and lyricist, Christopher (“Frii”) has created quite a niche for himself as a speaker, poet, recording artist, author, and burgeoning actor. A native of New Haven, Connecticut (USA), Frii began speaking in front of audiences at the ripe age of 16, inspiring and moving those within his local community. Frii developed his skill and passion for speaking through his early college years, and accredits much of his success in the written-word to his freshmen college English professor. With a love for words and music, Frii began performing spoken word poetry at the world famous Apollo Theater NY, as well as the historic Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Combining his love for spoken word and music, he would later record some of his first singles with Grammy award and multi-platinum producer Edwin Ramos Jr.

The Real Frii’s music and poetry gained critical appeal over the years, and he has since been called upon to grace the Apollo Theater NY stage several times, and a slew of nationally acclaimed music competitions, festivals, and award ceremonies throughout the USA. Fresh off his first ever performance overseas in 2018 at the GXMM Awards UK, 2019 would solidify Frii’s leap from a national to an international public figure, being added to the special guest roster of UK’s “KISH” band’s Wake Up Warrior Tour in Switzerland and France.

Over the last 15 years, Christopher (The Real Frii) has served as a child development specialist, public servant, educator, and practitioner of restorative practices, currently volunteering his time as Director of Mentor Coordination at 3CYouth Connecticut. Combining his lyrical and teaching ability, he has also had the pleasure of co-facilitating song writing/lyricism workshops overseas in France. In addition to his years of vocational and performance experience, Frii also holds certificates in Rhetoric/Public Speaking and Family Engagement in Education from Harvard University.

Frii seeks to inspire people to be the best version of themselves as possible, utilizing his many talents and love for words to accomplish just that. He has had the pleasure of working on projects and campaign ads for Cablevision and RedBull. In 2019 he began work on the set of the CBS comedy-drama “God Friended Me”, and his music video debut for “Lyrical Leprechaun” featured on WTNH News 8.

Although born in Connecticut (USA), Frii was raised between there and Virginia (USA). Born to teenage parents, and the eldest of six half-siblings, he has always been passionate about youth and community. Frii loves family and loves laughing. Strengthened by his faith in God, and supported by his faithful wife and children, he lives by this declaration: "I am a monolith, I will not be broken. I am a tall tree, I will not be shaken. I am love. I am peace. I am joy. I know exactly who I am."

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