Chris Reed

SANJOSE.COM

"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."

SanJose.com

"...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

"...Who are some people who influence and/or inspire you?


Since I started educating & directing I have found inspiration through my students. Their sincere passion & love of music and 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..."

SanJose.com

"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."

A.I. Review

           ...For those of us that have followed Chris’s career, five years in Aivar and his many concerts throughout the Bay Area, you were not surprised at the fantastic quality of this record.  For all of you who have not known him...   I’m sure his songs were a delightful surprise and you enjoyed the melodic compositions full of hope, longing, love and got as caught as I did in the layers of beautiful instrumentation...

 From the opening song, “Weight of the World”, it draws us in, all the way through to the last song “Feeling OK”.  Throughout this record, we are transported from songs of hope and love, to ones of searching for real meaning in an overwhelming world.  Sometimes the songs just lay a nice relaxing vibe on us like “Journeyman”, “Because of You”, and “Where has the Sun Gone”.  Others push us to examine parts of our lives sometimes hidden, or grown over with moss.  “Sweet Destiny” (the title track) and “Can’t let you Go” certainly fill that card well and force us to examine ourselves and our emotions very closely.

         To this modern day troubadour, who plays an upside down right handed ukulele and mandolin, whose songs are reminiscent of a by gone era known as “The Sixties” when great melodies abounded...  We can’t wait for what’s next.