Happy Holidays..... Wishing you peace & simple pleasures...
Thanks for taking the time to visit my little website ! Where has the year gone ? Thanksgiving is over, and 2013 has been a beautiful blur... At the moment, I'm getting lots of inquiries for last-minute Holiday parties & private & corporate events thru September of 2014.... I've booked a couple dozen 2014 events already, and there are 17 more that I don't show on my schedule yet because they haven't been confirmed or secured with a deposit - New Year's Eve is still available -
It's a quiet Monday morning & I'm looking back on a busy & satisfying week.... Wednesday was a really fun corporate event at Parker's Lighthouse in Long Beach, a beautiful venue next to the Queen Mary, followed by a Thursday holiday event at the Calabasas Commons for Polacheck's Jewelers, a long-time client, now a friend - Friday was a corporate event in Orange County, followed by 2 Saturday events, the first at the historic Annenburg Beach House, which William Randolph Hearst built for his girlfriend.... Last month I had a remote recording session with an incredible female singer from Columbus Ohio - She sang her parts in a Columbus studio & the engineer emailed the tracks to me in L.A. - - - What a wonderfully weird job I have.... in-between the other gigs scheduled for December, I've been composing & recording the score to a feature film - I'm so thankful to be a part of such joyous celebrations.... never a dull moment.
It's wonderful how each event requires different music and a unique focus for each celebration, no two are alike.... I'm sitting here learning a Stevie Wonder song on the ukulele... ya gotta laugh.... For this Summer's gig in Hawaii, they requested Jason Mraz, Plain White T's & a Muppets song..... I learned a song in French a couple of weeks ago & some brand new Top 40 songs - Last month it was a 20's song for a "Great Gatsby" party, and a few new Country songs for a client - This week, I'll be playing lots of instrumental guitar music - Another party also required some Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, and Incubus tunes, so it's a wide world of favorite songs.....
Why I love my job, reason #100.... August 10th was my 100th event of 2013, and I just received this note in the mail from the client - " Dear Christopher - We are so blessed to possess a lifetime of phenomenal memories of this day. We cannot thank you enough for sharing your soothing & remarkable voice, and extensive repertoire of songs. Your composure & calmness was perfect from the moment you arrived. We are so grateful for your willingness to include a personal request during the evening. Thank you for making this day so enjoyable ".
I jokingly call my little adventure the "Road Dog 2013 Tour". So far, it's included over 160 events.... We're about to morph into the "Dog Gone 2014 Tour" in a few weeks, with a couple dozen events already booked, including visits to San Francisco, Sonoma, Laguna Beach, Calistoga, Scottsdale, Montecito/Santa Barbara, Temecula wine country & Pismo Beach.
Please take a look around..... You'll hear a few recent music
tracks on each of these pages, accessible through the orange "tabs"
above..... You'll also see a current song list, recent client reviews
& and lots of useful information related to my musical activities.
I think there's a bear on the couch...
I'm a vocalist & guitarist, based in Southern
California - I'm proud to be an official Taylor Guitars artist & to
play Taylor guitars at every performance & recording session. I've
been fortunate to play with members of some of the biggest bands in the
world & played hundreds of gigs at the very best venues, toured
several countries, had many great adventures. I play acoustic & electric
guitars, & ukulele. I've written music for Sony
& AudioSource, documentary & independent films, TV commercials,
even a series of films produced for the California school systems, based
on John Steinbeck's short stories. Right now I'm composing a film score for a vampire movie.....
I was born in Akron, Ohio, although I've lived in California for
most of my life. I married the beautiful girl next door, and we're the
proud parents of a fine son, who's much smarter and better looking than
his old man.... I'm thankful for my loving family and my circle of good
friends. I'm also thankful to be making music. It
gives us joy & heals our pain ...
In 2012 & 2013, I played over 300 solo events, playing acoustic
versions of the finest songs from the last 40 years, from Mumford & Sons & Lumineers, Jack Johnson,
Jason Mraz, Maroon 5 & Dave Matthews to The Beatles, Van Morrison,
James Taylor & The Eagles to The Police, Tom Petty, U2, & Bruce
Springsteen. I'm learning current songs every day. My 500+ songlist also
includes Country songs from The Zac Brown Band, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts & many others.
I've helped my clients to celebrate every conceivable occasion,
from an intimate private wedding or Birthday party to a corporate event
for 1000 guests. Depending on the musical preferences of my clients, I
can cover a lot of diverse musical territory. If the event has a wide
mix of age groups, I'll play music from the 1960's to 2013. Sometimes
the evening is all new songs, sometimes it's 70's & 80's music,
depending on who's attending... I encourage my clients to "cherry-pick"
my song list, and suggest a special new song for me to learn.
In 2013, I've already booked over 150 amazing events at the
finest venues in the Western U.S. & Canada, from
Princeville in Kauai, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, a
corporate event in Park City, Utah & an elegant
wedding at The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills to The San Ysidro Ranch
& Biltmore/Four Seasons in Montecito, and many wineries from Napa
& Sonoma to Paso Robles, Santa Ynez & Malibu Canyon. I'll also
be playing in Las Vegas, Scottsdale & Tucson, San Francisco, Amangiri Resort near The Grand Canyon, and all over the USA...
Although I'm based near Los Angeles, my work often involves travel -
In the last couple of years, I've played nationwide, from New York City to Vancouver, Kauai to Las
Vegas.... Planes, trains & automobiles are no problem for me. I try
to keep my travel costs as reasonable as possible. Let's discuss your
event, I'm sure we can work together.
For Brides, I'll play just about anything, including traditional
instrumental versions of "Pachelbels Canon in D" or "The Wedding March",
"Over The Rainbow" on a ukelele, or whatever your favorite song might
be... For recent Brides, I've learned such songs as "Marry Me"
by Train, "Your One & Only" by Adele, "Just The Way You Are" by
Bruno Mars, "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden, "The Book Of Love" by
Peter Gabriel, "You & Me" by Lifehouse, "You & Me" by Dave
Matthews, "Then" by Brad Paisley, "I Need You" by Leann Rimes, "Without
You" by Keith Urban, "Romeo & Juliet" by Dire Straits, "Open Arms"
by Journey, "You Make It Real" by James Morrison, "At Last" by Etta
James, I'm learning songs every single day....
Although most of my work is guitar & vocals, I can play about 2 hours of purely instrumental music, if needed - These are all contemporary songs, beautiful recognizable melodies by The Beatles, Jason Mraz, U2, Sting, Coldplay, Rascal Flatts, Peter Gabriel, Black Crows, Bob Marley, Train & others ..... Perfect as contemporary background music for a great celebration.... If you're looking for beautiful instrumental music, but you don't necessarily want Classical music, this might be the perfect solution...
Out standing in someone's field.... San Luis Obispo
During the last 18 months, I've played at the following venues, and for the following companies...
San Ysidro Ranch - Montecito ( Preferred Vendor ) - corporate events & weddings
Here's a studio recording we made recently of one of my
all-time favorite songs.... "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel.... I'm
playing guitar and singing, Guitar-Meister Tim Godwin is playing lead
guitar, and one of the finest percussionists in the world, Victor
Bisetti from Los Lobos, was kind enough to add his talents to this...
This is from our new CD, which contains our all-acoustic arrangements of
our all-time favorite songs, including "Goin' To California" by Led
Zeppelin, "Can't Find My Way Home" by Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton,
and "Pretzel Logic" by Steely Dan.... I hope you enjoy it !
"In Your Eyes"....
For Events & Bookings, you can call, text, or email me directly
at the numbers listed above, or feel free to book your event through my
Ventana Inn - Big Sur ( Preferred Vendor )
Monarch Bay Club/St. Regis Monarch Resort - Dana Point, CA ( Preferred Vendor ) - Guest Events
Sherwood Country Club - Westlake, CA (Preferred Vendor) - Tiger Woods Golf Tournament & Patek-Phillipe
Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel, CA - (Preferred Vendor)
Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain - Tucson, AZ
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn - (Preferred Vendor)
Hillcrest Country Club - Beverly Hills, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Beverly Hills Hotel - The Polo Lounge
Terranea Resort - Palos Verdes, CA - Corporate & Private Events
Purina - Corporate Events
Pelican Hill Resort - Laguna Beach, CA (Preferred Vendor) - Guest & Corporate Events
Westlake Village Inn - Westlake, CA ( Preferred Vendor )
Culinary Institute Of America "Greystone" - St. Helena, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Twin Peaks Ranch, Ojai, CA ( Preferred Vendor )
Mountaingate Country Club - Bel Air, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club - Mission Viejo, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, San Jose (Preferred Vendor)
Biltmore / Four Seasons Hotel - Santa Barbara - (Preferred Vendor) corporate events & weddings
La Cumbre Country Club - Santa Barbara, CA - Private Event
Bacara Resort - Santa Barbara - corporate & private events
Four Seasons Hotel - Westlake Village, CA - corporate & private events
Balboa Yacht Club - Balboa, CA - (Preferred vendor) Opening Day & member events
Calamigos Ranch - Malibu Canyon, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Doubletree Resort - Santa Barbara - corporate events & weddings
L'Incontro Trattoria - New York City - Birthday
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel - Corporate Casino night
Cartier - Corporate Event
Carnero's Winery - Sonoma, CA
Kunde Winery - Sonoma, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, CA - Corporate Events
Patek Philippe - Corporate Events @ Pelican Hill, Ritz-Carlton & Sherwood Country Club
Cornell Winery - Malibu Canyon - New Years Eve 2011 & Private Events
King Gillette Ranch - Malibu Canyon, CA
Dos Pueblos Rancho - Santa Barbara - wedding
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - corporate event
Channel Islands Harbor - gourmet wine & food event
Santa Barbara Courthouse - wedding
IBM - corporate event
JW Marriott Resort - Las Vegas - corporate event
Wood's Cove - Laguna Beach - beach wedding
Santa Barbara Zoo - wedding
Amgen - corporate events
Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain - Tucson, AZ
Hacienda Del Sol - Tucson, AZ
Warner Brothers Studios - Studio party
Sunset/Gower Studios - Anniversary party
Sunstone Winery - Santa Ynez - corporate event
Eagle Castle Winery - Paso Robles - wedding
Saddleback Ranch - Malibu - wedding
Squaw Valley - Lake Tahoe - wedding
Channel Cat Catamaran - Santa Barbara - Dream Foundation events
Firestone Winery - Los Olivos - corporate events & weddings
Granada Theater - Santa Barbara - Concerts & fund-raising events
Loew's Santa Monica Beach Hotel - Hotel lounge
Sagebrush Cantina - Calabasas - Legendary Roadhouse...
The Beachcomber - Malibu Pier - restaurant/bar
The Sunset Restaurant - Zuma Beach - beach wedding
Ocean View Villas - San Diego - wedding
Rancho Del Cielo - Malibu - wedding
Mastro's Ocean Club - Laguna Beach - reception
Zuma Beach - beach wedding
Manhattan Beach - beach wedding
Laguna Beach - beach wedding
Half Moon Bay - beach wedding
Warner Center Concerts In The Park - Summer Concerts
The Dream Foundation - supporting adults with life-threatening illness
Autism Speaks - Benefit events for families
Welby Way Elementary School - Grades K-5
Councilman Dennis Zine - holiday staff party
"Cinema Under The Stars" - San Diego - birthday
Cold Springs Tavern - Santa Barbara - wedding
L.A. City-Sponsored Children's Concerts
Masonic Lodge - Santa Barbara - Monthly music event
Rincon Beach Club - Carpinteria - Private Events
.... and many private events in Las Vegas, Hollywood, San Francisco,
Napa Valley, Tucson, San Diego, Ojai, Laguna Beach, Ventura, Santa
Barbara, Mill Valley, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Bakersfield, Anaheim,
Tulare, Tustin, Las Vegas,
and wherever else you might need me....
Also, I'm on Facebook.... Feel free to "friend" me.... that sounds like a song....