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|Birth name||Chris Pierce|
|Born||Pasadena, California, California,
|Occupations||Musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, harmonica|
|Labels||Pierce Records/Entak Records|
|Associated acts||Colbie Caillat, B.B. King, Al Green, Seal, Jack Johnson, Toots & the Maytals|
Chris Pierce is an American musician.
Chris Pierce is a singer, songwriter, harmonica player, wine producer born in California. As a boy, he pursued acting and singing in local theater presentations, and appearing on notable television shows such as Kids Incorporated.
At 15 years old Pierce was playing sets in clubs around Los Angeles and had been a repeat guest on the television show Big Break, hosted by Natalie Cole. Still in high school, he began playing gigs with Grammy-nominated rock musician Jon Butcher. At 19 years old he performed on a road tour with Sonia Dada in the U.S., and later continued on to Moscow, Russia.
Post Sonia Dada Tour, Pierce came home to Southern California to work on his degree in Jazz studies at USC. Since USC, Chris has been recording and doing independent road tours playing up to 150 shows a year. He grew up on classic soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel and rock and roll recordings.
Chris Pierce currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. He continues to tour worldwide. He is also co-owner of a wine label called Ledbetter Dry Creek Valley Syrah.
He has opened for B.B. King, Seal, Aaron Neville, Colbie Caillat, Al Green, Jamie Cullum, Toots & The Maytals, Robert Cray and Brett Dennen, among others. He has had song placements on the Oscar award winner Crash and T.V shows like Brothers and Sisters, "In Plain Sight", "Eli Stone", What About Brian, Lincoln Heights, "North Shore", "Half and Half" and Army Wives. His single "Are You Beautiful" has been used in a national Banana Republic ad campaign. Critic Paul Saitowitz of The Press-Enterprise compared his voice to Ray Charles, writing that it "fluctuates from delicate falsettos to shrieks reminiscent of Ray Charles". In a concert review, the San Antonio Express-News wrote that he has "one of the most powerful voices going."
Pierce's songs are currently featured on both Sirius Radio and XM Radio. Pierce has relationships and sponsorships with several music and clothing companies, including Blue Microphones, Taylor Guitars, Horny Toad and Nau Activewear.
In 2013 Pierce formed a classic blues side project called Reverend Tall Tree who is recording an album due to be released in 2013-2014.
Chris Pierce Album recordings include: When the Hustle Comes to a Stop (2012), I Can Hear You (2011) Chris Pierce Live At The Hotel Cafe (2009) Walking on the Earth (2007) Static Trampoline (2005) Intimate Moments (2004) Liberation Vol. 1 (2002)
In 2013 Chris's voice was heard on the hit HBO series "True Blood". Chris Pierce's original music has been featured on TV shows like Brothers & Sisters, What About Brian, "Dawson's Creek", "Eli Stone", "Half and Half", "Lincoln Heights", Army Wives, In Plain Sight, and Sister Act among others. Pierce also co-wrote "Clap it Out" with Jared Faber, Sy Smith and Deron Johnson which was featured in the film "The Long Shots" starring Ice Cube.
Commercials and Radio
Pierce's music was also featured on a Banana Republic ad campaign that included 6 different commercials during the show "Project Runway." Additionally, he was chosen as KCRW's Today's Top Tune and he appeared on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic with Nic Harcourt, who selected Chris's album, Walking on The Earth, as "Best album of July 08".
|When the Hustle Comes to a Stop
|I Can Hear You
|Chris Pierce Live At The Hotel Cafe
|Walking On The Earth
- Ruggieri, Melissa (2005-06-23). "The Fortunate One; Chance Encounter Leads Pierce to Tour with Seal". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
- Menconi, David (October 21, 2005). "Critic's picks: Rock", The News & Observer, p. WUP19.
- Saitowitz, Paul (2006-11-16). "His music's got soul". The Press-Enterprise. Archived from the original on 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
- Beal, Jim Jr. (November 21, 2008). "Overnight: B. B. King", San Antonio Express-News, p. A2.