Chris Reed

Chris Reed

Introductory Biography:

Chris Reed, (CEO and Director of Programming and Education for Modern Minded and Arts Initiative and Co-founder of San Jose Presents), has been passionately starting sustainable band, theatre and performing arts programs from scratch since 2006. In that time, he has taught more than 50,000 students across California how to proudly nurture their artistic talents. 
   His unwavering dedication to his students awarded him an "Emerging Artist of Silicon Valley" grant in 2013.  
    "Mr. Chris"  (as his students like to refer to him) is always looking for new and fun ways to help his students grow and is constantly writing new plays, musicals and compositions for them to be a part of (as seen here):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJxnnirIkVM, Chris has written more then 350+ songs and received recognition worldwide from radio stations and networks like MTV. He has toured South America and Europe as a singer-songwriter. He has also done 8 West Coast tours as a writer, director and even starred in original musicals at K-8 Schools and churches. In the past 9 years, Chris has recorded and released 8 professional albums. 


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SHORT Chris Reed Music Biography:

Singer-songwriter Chris Reed, is a true artist who carries a calm and friendly confidence with him on stage, opening up to audiences while bearing his soul through his songs.  


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MEDIUM Chris Reed Music Biography:

Chris Reed is a left handed musician and singer-songwriter from the San Francisco Bay Area. This modern day troubadour has made it his mission to inspire people to follow their dreams and believe in themselves through the power of his music. Armed with an arsenal of instruments and his soothing voice, Chris creates a sound that seamlessly blends elements of pop, folk, reggae, and more. Using his grab bag of styles and gorgeous harmonies, Chris sings his heart out every time he hits the stage. 


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Get to know Chris and his music in this FULL BIOGRAPHY:


"Chris Reed radiates positivity, and like his music, it’s infectious. He offers up an emotional integrity as he engages listeners with lyrical themes ranging from social plight to empathy and understanding."

-Content Magazine, issue 8.1, June 1, 2016 

           This left handed mulit-instrumentalist, was most noted as the front-man, and creative force of METRO Magazine’s 2010 “Best Band”- world reggae group; 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 

           Years later, Chris is still at it, but this time as a solo artist. He performs both with his band of talented musicans from all across the globe, as well as in a solo capacity. Jacqueline Ocana of Digin Magazine puts it well: "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.”

           In review of Chris Reed’s live performance, Aaron Carnes of Metro Magazine wrote 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…”

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            His 1st solo record, Sweet Destiny, lead Chris 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”. He was grateful for the experience, but did not appear on the show. 

          Though Chris Reed is a San Francisco Bay Area native, he is also an international artist who filmed his music video “Where has the sun gone” (Sweet Destiny) in the surf town of; Sayulita, Mexico as well as "Je t'aims Paris" (Odyssey vol. 2) in the streets of Paris and "Jadrolinija" on an island in the Adriatic off the coast of Croatia. 

          Being of Croatian roots, he was invited to play the Summer Concert Series on the Croatian Island of Brac. During his time on the islands, he shot a music video for his song "Jadrolinija" off his 2016 release of Odyssey vol. 2. Songs like Jadrolinija, Weight of the World, Can;t let you go and Feeling OK have been featured in regular rotation on Radio Brac and this international push 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.

          Since then, Chris has released a passion project of his entitled ODYSSEY. A 4 volume release that started in 2015. Aside from recording the majority of the instrumentation himself in his home studio, Chris also drew and painted all the cover art for all 4 releases. 

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           Chris certainly believes in the power music has to unite and empower us all, which is very apparent by his passionate work with the “March Against Monsanto” campaign. His anthem was used across the world to help raise awareness. Reed helped to led the marches in San Jose in 2015 and 2016 in the heart of Downtown San Jose. 

            Reed 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 former students into a professional studio where they would also shoot a music video. 


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             Being a true Renaissance man, Chris has been a teaching artist for Montalvo Arts Center and 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 at a time.

          In the course of any given school year, Chris and the programs he leads, touch more then 30,000 members of our Silicon Valley Community’s lives. Since 2006, Chris’ programs and performances have directly affected more than 150,000 members of our community here in the Silicon Valley. Through his organization; Modern MindED and  Arts Initiative, Reed is constantly training other local musicians, like himself, how to make an impact in their community through their art. 

            Because of his unwavering dedication to helping others and his faith in music’s ability to heal and empower us all; Chris has also been providing both recorded and live music therapy to Early Start and preschool children with visual and orthopedic impairments since 2009. He has written songs with over 300 kids 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 led him to host/co-host and perform at countless benefit shows which have raised over $260,000 to help those affected by local, nationwide & international natural disasters such as New Orleans, Texas, Haiti, Japan, the attacks on Paris and many more.


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         "…We all have a purpose and a path in life.  I hope to inspire people to believe in themselves... I believe 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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