Multi-talented Grammy Award-winning blues artist and actor Chris Thomas King has been known for his audacious fusion of blues and hip-hop, but the Louisiana-born King reached a whole new audience with the 2000 Coen Brothers film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- not only appearing on the award-winning soundtrack but also playing a prominent supporting character, the legendary bluesman Tommy Johnson.
In the 2004 movie "Ray," he played bandleader Lowell Fulson. He has also appeared in several documentaries about the blues and about music.
Despite the much-celebrated, down-to-earth rootsiness of "O Brother's" music, King had previously been a determined progressive, hoping to reinvigorate the blues as a living African American art with a more contemporary approach and adamantly refusing to treat it as a museum piece whose "authentic" forms needed careful preservation.
King has won "Album of the Year" for both Grammy Award and Country Music Awards. He has sold more than 10 million records in the United States.