Pianist and vocalist with extensive experience in the music industry including studio time, collaborations, and over 500 live performances
Chris is a pianist, keyboardist, and vocalist originally from Reading, PA. His start in music came by stumbling through the melody of "Ode to Joy" by ear on the piano as a 9-year-old, and has resulted in his completion of Berklee College of Music's Piano Performance program in 3 years, graduating in August 2016.
While at Berklee, Chris maintained an average of nearly 100 performances per year up and down the East Coast of the US and beyond. Highlights include opening for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra at multiple outdoor concerts, performing numerous pregame and event shows for the Reading Phillies and co-billing with the Indigo Girls in Suzi Brown's band at the 2013 Wild Goose Festival in Asheville, NC.
Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Chris has had the opportunity to play with some of the best in the business, including Derico Watson (drums/Victor Wooten), Carl Stewart (guitar/BB King), Kris Bell (guitar/Bo Bice, 3 Doors Down, Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Duffy Jackson (drums/Count Basie Orchestra, Al Jarreau). He continues to play regularly both solo and with an assortment of groups and original artists; from regional shows out of Nashville, to regular travels to New England and the Mid-Atlantic US, to a one-off concert in Oslo, Norway.
Additionally, Chris spends time in the studio as a session musician, in the pit of musical theater productions, and as a private instructor of piano, voice, and music theory.
* Updated performance schedule available at chrisemkeymusic.com/gigs