Chris Reed


"Local songwriter Chris Reed plays folk, pop, reggae and blues, but what ties it all together is a joyful, inspirational feeling. Makes sense. When he's not strumming his guitar, he's teaching kids..."We Are One," produced in collaboration with hundreds of South Bay kids ranging from newborns to eighth-graders. They sing, play instruments or do both. He hopes the video will motivate kids and adults..."

Montalvo Arts Center

"...his new one of a kind music video and single “We are One,” a collaboration with hundreds of students across Silicon Valley...he works with Montalvo’s Education Programs to teach science and math curriculum in local schools through the platform of music and art. From junior high to preschoolers with visual and orthopedic impairments, Chris has brought students together singing and performing, truly reflecting the beauty, diversity and strength we all share in the Silicon Valley and how the arts can unite us all..."

Mercury News

"Uplifting songs have always resonated with San Jose singer-songwriter Chris Reed... there's an engaging diversity in his material, all of his songs have a heartening quality."

"...Reed knew from an early age..."

METRO Magazine

Local singer-songwriter Chris Reed blends reggae, folk and pop, and sings his heart out, all while giving it a really laid back, beach-town Sublime feel.  Previously the frontman of reggae band Aivar, Reed released debut solo album Sweet Destiny this year, which takes his grab bag of styles and lays it with gorgeous harmonies and uplifting, hopeful lyrics. 

San Jose Creatives

Since I started educating & directing I have found inspiration through my students. Their sincere passion & love of music the arts has helped me to embrace who I am as an artist. Working with them has pushed me to hone and understand my craft to the best of my ability in order to provide them with the best education I can offer..."

Dig in Magazine

"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. A grade-school band director by day, Chris Reed has also created a South Bay company called Arts Initiative to bring music and theater programs back into schools..."

"Chris Reed is a musician, 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 his guitar, ukulele, and his soothing voice, Chris creates a sound that seamlessly blends elements of pop, folk, reggae, and more."