Chris Pierce

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Chris Pierce
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Background information
Born Pasadena, California, California,
US
Genres Soul
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active 1995–present
Labels Pierce Records/Entak Records
Associated acts Colbie Caillat, B.B. King, Al Green, Seal, Jack Johnson, Toots & the Maytals
Website chrispierce.com

Chris Pierce is an American musician.

Early life[edit]

Chris Pierce is a singer, songwriter, harmonica player, guitar player and 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, Big Break, Star Search and Half & Half.

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.[1] At 19 years old he performed on a road tour with Sonia Dada in the U.S., and later continued on to Moscow, Russia. In 2005, Pierce met Seal and joined Seal as his opening act on a world tour.

Post Sonia Dada Tour, Pierce came home to Southern California to work on his degree in Jazz studies at USC.[1] Since USC, he 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.

Pierce with guitar

Career[edit]

Pierce currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. He continues to tour worldwide. He is also co-owner of a wine label called Ledbetter Syrah. He has opened for B.B. King, Seal, Aaron Neville, Colbie Caillat, Al Green, Jamie Cullum, Toots & The Metals and Robert Cray among others.

In 2017 Chris Pierce co/wrote the hit song "We Can Always Come Back To This" which was featured on the hit NBC television show "This Is Us".

He has had song placements on the Oscar award winner Crash[2] 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.[3] 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".[3] In a concert review, the San Antonio Express-News wrote that he has "one of the most powerful voices going."[4]

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, Hohner Harmonicas, Taylor Guitars, Horny Toad and Nau Activewear. Pierce recently formed a classic roots, rhythm & blues project called Reverend Tall Tree. The album was released on April 28 2015.

Personal life[edit]

He married actress Tara Buck in 2012.

Recordings[edit]

Pierce Album recordings include: War & Pierce (2016) Reverend Tall Tree (2015), 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)

Television[edit]

Pierce's voice has been heard on the hit HBO series "True Blood". Chris Pierce co/wrote the song "We Can Always Come Back To This" for the hit TV show "This is Us". Pierce's original music has also 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, Sister Act, "Great Plains" and "The Long Shots" starring Ice Cube.

Commercials and Radio[edit]

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 Pierce's album, Walking on The Earth, as "Best album of July 08".

Albums[edit]

Album information
Reverend Tall Tree
  • Released: April 2015
When the Hustle Comes to a Stop
  • Released: December 2012
I Can Hear You
  • Released: October 2011
Chris Pierce Live at the Hotel Cafe
  • Released: January 2009
Walking on the Earth
  • Released: March 2007
Static Trampoline
  • Released: September 2005

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruggieri, Melissa (June 23, 2005). "The Fortunate One; Chance Encounter Leads Pierce to Tour with Seal". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  2. ^ Menconi, David (October 21, 2005). "Critic's picks: Rock", The News & Observer, p. WUP19.
  3. ^ a b Saitowitz, Paul (November 16, 2006). "His music's got soul". The Press-Enterprise. Archived from the original on October 31, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  4. ^ Beal, Jim Jr. (November 21, 2008). "Overnight: B. B. King", San Antonio Express-News, p. A2.

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