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Chris Cornelius is an American recording/performing artist, songwriter and producer with his own state of the art digital recording studio. He is currently based in Cincinnati Ohio.
Born in Mason, Michigan, Chris is a son of the late talented jazz keyboardist John Cornelius who in addition to many years of touring the US, accompanied the legendary singer Patti Page ("How much is that doggie in the window") early in her career. Chris moved with his family to Los Angeles at age 5 after his middle aged father retired from music to raise his new family. He got his first guitar at age 7 and took up the accordion at age 8. After a few years of lessons he became quite accomplished on the accordion and went to several state competitions where he won first, second and third place trophies. After being teased endlessly by his friends, he decided that playing the accordion wasn't cool anymore and gave it up at age 12. In junior high school he played clarinet and bass clarinet in the school orchestra for 2 years.
Being influenced by bands like Led Zeppelin, Yes, The Beatles, America and the artist Neil Young, he started playing and writing folk and rock music. In later years his taste has expanded to include jazz, blues, classical, new age and several world music styles.
Chris is mainly a self taught musician who discovered early on that he had an intuitive ability to assimilate and blend many styles of music into his own unique sound. Though not formally schooled in music, Chris studied music theory and harmony from books and very talented musician friends who were graduates of schools like Musicians Institute in Hollywood and Berklee School of Music in Boston.
From the mid 80's through the mid 90's Chris played in several LA based rock bands:"The Audience", "The C.J. Cornelius Band"(country rock), "Persuasion", "Turning Point" , and "Uncle Fester's Hot Tub Club Band" (dig that name!) to name a few. In the late 90's Chris formed an acoustic trio with his brother Marc and former girlfriend Tammy Ray called Cornelius Ray. With three part harmonies, guitars and assorted flutes, playing a blend of original and cover songs, they performed at coffee houses around the LA area. They were together for 2 years and then disbanded. Since then Chris has continued to record and perform live as solo artist.
Chris's other credits include producing several projects for indie artists in Southern California and co-producing sessions at A & M Studios in Hollywood. In 1989 he and "Turning Point" guitarist Marc Rivett wrote, produced, performed and recorded the soundtrack for the feature film "Cold Heat" Starring Britt Eckland. Since the year 2000 Chris has recorded 3 solo CD's.
Over the years Chris has become a versatile musician and singer with a sound that is a blend of acoustic, folk, rock, new age and world music influences with a touch of jazz, classical, and country here and there. He is mainly a singer-guitarist but also plays keyboards, bass, wood and clay flutes, assorted hand drums and percussion.
In April 2006 he will launch a national solo acoustic tour of the Philippines to begin promoting his new CD "On the road to you".
In addition to being a musician, Chris is also a spiritual teacher who has worked with "A Course in Miracles"
for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church Monastery. You can visit his blog
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