Chris Cornelius is an American recording/performing artist, songwriter and producer currently based in Santa Clarita, California.
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 ( to name a few), he started playing and writing folkish pop and rock songs. 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 for 2 years around the LA area.
Since then Chris has continued to record and perform live domestically and internationally as solo artist.He also performs Classic Rock and Blues, (with originals mixed in) with his band, "The Chris Cornelius Band".
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 collaboration with "Turning Point" guitarist Marc Rivett, he also wrote, produced, performed and recorded the soundtrack for the feature film "Cold Heat" Starring Britt Eckland.
From March to September 2006, Chris successfully toured the Philippines promoting his 3rd solo CD "On the Road to You". Since the year 2000 Chris has recorded 4 solo CD's.
"The Eyes of a Dreamer" is the newest CD release which is a compilation of the "best" songs from the first 4 CDs.
Over the years Chris has become a versatile musician and singer with a sound that is a blend of Pop/Rock, Folk, Blues, and World music influences with a touch of New Age, 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.