Chris Shinn

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Chris Shinn
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Chris Shinn performing with Live, March 12, 2012 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York, Pennsylvania
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Shinn
Born (1974-08-01) August 1, 1974 (age 44)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1998–present
Associated acts
  • Live
  • Unified Theory
  • Blind Melon
  • Imaginary Heroes
  • Celia Green
  • August Annd
  • Luma
  • Chris Shinn Project
  • Move as a Verb
  • Ouroboros
  • The Sound I Saw
  • Everything Is Energy
WebsiteUnified Theory

Chris Shinn is an American singer, songwriter and musician. From March 2012 to December 2016, he was the lead singer of the band Live.[1] He was previously the lead singer of the band Unified Theory. He is the son of former New Orleans Hornets owner, George Shinn.

Unified Theory[edit]


Unified Theory began to form in early 1998. After the initial idea to continue Blind Melon with a new lead vocalist did not work out, Smith and Thorn decided to start a new band. Thorn discovered Shinn on a scouting mission in Los Angeles.

"Chris has an exceptional voice. I was blown away," says Thorn, "You have to like people you're working with. We wanted someone with personality and a voice. He's a fun guy and I was completely floored by his songs."

Unified Theory was originally called Luma, they issued a four-track CD through their website in 1999. After they were signed to Universal Records later that year, they changed their name to Unified Theory after the theory Albert Einstein was working on when he died.

Debut and demise[edit]

In August 2000 the band issued their self-titled debut album. While working on tracks for a second album, delays set the band back, and Krusen grew somewhat frustrated and left to join Nickelback's first major North American tour as a touring musician, leading to Unified Theory's eventual breakup.

Brief Reformation & Reunion Show[edit]

The band have since announced plans to release a new album consisting of the recorded material for the second album (some of which has never been heard) as well as songs from the Luma period. No timetable has been set for this release.[citation needed] Unified Theory has recently filmed a music video for the song "15 Hits", a song set to be released on their upcoming album.[citation needed] The group played a reunion show on August 4, 2010 at the King King in Hollywood.


On March 12, 2012, it was revealed that Chris would be the new lead singer of the rock band Live.[1] He played the band's dress rehearsal show to a hometown crowd at the Strand-Capitol Theater in York, PA, on March 12, 2012.

On December 12, 2016, Live announced that original lead singer Ed Kowalczyk had returned to the band, though no reference was made to Shinn in the announcement.


Album Artist Type Label Release Date
The Turn Live Studio Think Loud Recordings Oct 28, 2014
Chris Shinn Chris Shinn Studio 2012
Everything Is Energy Everything Is Energy Studio The Nest Records July 12, 2007
Cinematic Unified Theory Compilation Universal Records, Wishbone Recordings Jan 1, 2007
Unified Theory Unified Theory Studio Universal Records August 15, 2000
Luma Luma EP None 1999


Song Album Year
"California" Unified Theory 2000
"Wither" Unified Theory 2000


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