Chris Reed

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  • San Frantastic!: Chris Reed

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Singer-songwriter Chris Reed, is a true artist who carries a calm and friendly confidence with him on stage, opening up to audiences and bearing his soul through his songs. This left handed mulit-instrumentalist, was most noted as the front-man, and creative force of METRO Magazine’s 2010 “Best Band”- the world reggae band Aivar (2006-2011). Amongst singing; Reed played... more

Singer-songwriter Chris Reed, is a true artist who carries a calm and friendly confidence with him on stage, opening up to audiences and bearing his soul through his songs. This left handed mulit-instrumentalist, was most noted as the front-man, and creative force of METRO Magazine’s 2010 “Best Band”- the world reggae band Aivar (2006-2011). Amongst singing; Reed played Saxophone, Ukulele, Harmonica and Melodica as the band recorded their 3 albums. Aivar performed with International acts; The English Beat, Collie Buddz, Eek a Mouse, Booker T, and The Dirty Heads, to name a few. They had multiple performances on Vans Warped Tour, their song “17” was played at 2010’s Miami Fashion Week and after a video interview, Aivar was featured on MTV's website, along with this statement: “Relax and unwind with Aivar, and their smooth, reggae-inspired NorCal jams.” -MTV; 7/14/10 5:39 pmET Chris released his debut solo album “Sweet Destiny” on May 14, 2013 and as Jacqueline Ocana of Digin Magazine stated: "Chris Reed, is reinventing himself as a talented singer songwriter... his playful folksy-pop lyrics drip innocence like the soothing sound of ukulele. But deeper in reveals a soulful songwriter, passionate about love and society.” His biggest focus while recording was to make sure his songs were free to define him as a diverse artist. Though Aivar was classified as world music/reggae, Chris’ freshman record feels more like a Pop album sprinkled with a taste of folk and a hint of a cool reggae breeze blowing through. Aaron Carnes of Metro Magazine wrote in it’s August 14th issue “Celebration” about how Reed “… takes his grab bag of styles and lays it with gorgeous harmonies and uplifting, hopeful lyrics... all while giving it a really laid back, beach-town Sublime feel…” Sweet Destiny lead Mr. Reed to be interviewed and printed in various publications and media outlets and was even invited to do a private audition for NBC’s major Network TV Show “The Voice” in early summer 2013. He also did an on screen interview in the documentary “Scenes are Temporary, Movements are Forever”(yet to be released) which prompted Content Magazine to print his picture in their spring issue in association with the film. Though Chris Reed is a San Francisco Bay Area native, he is also an international artist who filmed his 2012 music video “Where has the Sun Gone” in the surf town of; Sayulita, Mexico. Being of Croatian roots, Chris was invited to play the Summer Concert Series on the Croatian Island of Brac in the Adriatic Sea. His new album has led his songs; HOPE and the title track “Sweet Destiny” to radio stations in Paris and Marseille, France and onto Radio Marabu; Europe’s leading alternative station, located in Germany, and broadcast all across Europe. On May 25th, 2013, Chris helped lead the global “March Against Monsanto” by creating an anthem, which was used across the world. The theme of this was to raise awareness against the corporate giant Monsanto and their dangerous impact on our earth. Reed’s video for the anthem went viral and received over 7,000 views overnight. With unrelenting momentum, Reed he was awarded a grant from California Non-profit- GenARTS and Silicon Valley Creates. The grant was to re-record his song: “Because of You” and bring a handful of his students into a professional studio where they would also shoot a music video. And, in late August of 2013 the Chronos Film Festival in Santa Monica, CA placed a music video for the title track: “Sweet Destiny” in the festival. Being a true Renaissance man; Chris has Written, Directed, and Starred in over 8 original plays/musicals which he toured the West Coast from 2000-2008. He continues to passionately teach and develop band and classroom music programs, as well as giving music education presentations for 200+ students. During the school year Chris works with over 500 students a week at 7 different schools. Because of his unwavering dedication to helping others and his faith in music’s ability to heal and empower us all; Chris has been providing both recorded and live music to Early Start and preschool children with visual and orthopedic impairments since 2009. In 2011 Chris taught and directed band programs at 3 of the top 7 elementary schools in all of California. He has written songs with over 300 students in one song & had them filmed & played on local television: CreateTV. And if he wasn’t busy enough, Chris has even directed multiple student operas (in association with the San Francisco Opera Guild). Chris’ loyalty to global community has also led him to host/co-host countless benefit shows which have raised money to those affected by local, nationwide & international natural disasters such as New Orleans, Haiti. & Japan. "…We all have a purpose and a path in life. I hope to inspire people to believe in themselves. We are capable of anything and must always strive to be our best and contribute positively to our world!" - Chris Reed

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