"If you’ve ever wondered what Kenny G would sound like if he kicked it up a notch, then you need to listen to this guy play" - (link hidden)
You've heard him on Sirius XM Watercolors, iHeart Radio & Pandora. Chris Godber is a highly sought-after Saxophone Artist. He's shared the stage with Tower of Power & Mindi Abair and performed with the cast of Dancing with the Stars while on tour. His last album, [Starting Over] hit #6 on the jazz charts and his current album is at #10 at time of writing. With all of this you'd expect him to be out of reach, but the same guy that performs for thousands at National Jazz Festivals around the country would also be honored to play for your special event!
Chris was simply awesome from the booking to the actual performance. He was very patient, and went above and beyond to make sure my reception was the best ever. He's so talented. I'd book him again without any hesitation! Chris Rocks!
We were looking for something classy for Thanksgiving night at our newly opened bar and we came across Chris on GigSalad. We are so happy we found him now that we have had the opportunity to see just how talented he is. He is oh so wonderful and completely captivated the audience. We are looking forward to hiring Chris again and highly recommend him!
Cedrick and Sherry Bailey
Response from Chris Godber:
Thanks so much Sherry, glad everyone had as much fun as I did!
The passion this man has for playing his instrument is unrivaled and inspiring. The impression he has left on us can still be felt to this day. We cannot begin to emphasize the talent, passion, and heart he had when performing at our school. Not only has he inspired many of the students here at Bay High, but he may have even saved some lives as well. On behalf of Bay High School, we thank you for your amazing feats of hard work, dedication, and spirit.
Response from Chris Godber:
Wow, I don't know what to say other than Thank You for having me and I'm so glad that my music and passion resonated with everyone there. My goal is not just to entertain, but to inspire!
Words cannot express how much my entire wedding party absolutely loved Chris on Saturday. Chris had the best attitude and was extremely professional. He was so accommodating and really genuinely a nice guy. His spectacular performance truly made my vow renewal one that will be talked about for years to come. We love you Chris and we are looking for more opportunities to hire you again. I pray Gods richest blessings upon your life!
I know this is a bit late, but we had Chris perform at our wedding and reception. He did an amazing job. He was a blessing to us, we are so happy we met him and that he was available. I recommend Chris for any event.
Response from Chris Godber:
Thanks Antoyne, I appreciate you guys, Thanks for having me!
I f you are looking to add that special "something" to your next event, look no further. From the inital inquiry, to the last moment of the event, it was nothing short of a pleasure working with Chris. His talent, professionalism, and expertise will not dissapoint. Can't say enough great things about him! Thanks again Chris for an awesome experience!
I have finally come up for air! I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and having you play for our rehearsal dinner. I can't tell you how many compliments I received about you. It was perfect, and you are wonderful.
Good luck to you and your family.
I had the pleasure of seeing/hearing Chris Godber at Pier Park this past weekend. I purchased three of his older CDs, although I am not exactly in love with them now that I have listened to them, however he gave an awesome performance on Saturday at Pier Park and I am so glad I had the privilege to hear him (just by accident, as I had no intention of going to the area because of the expected crowd due to the Jazz festival). He came across as an incredible, kind spirit and is oh so talented....we truly enjoyed his performance and left feeling as if we had "gotten our fix" for the weekend.
Chris was simply awesome! Talent is one thing, but when it's mixed with the anointing of the Lord Jesus Christ, talent is turned into an awesome praise and worship experience. Chris is just not a saxophone player, he's someone who truly ministers to the hearts of the people of God. One member stated, "Pastor, thanks for inviting Chris Godber, it was just what I needed. His music allowed me to relax and give it all to God." Chris thanks for blessing us. God bless you and your family.
Pastor "Mike" Rabb
Doing The Word Ministry
Response from Chris Godber:
Pastor Rabb, the honor was all mine! I thank you for your hospitality, loving congregation and the wonderful message on 'Worship' you brought forth. My wife and I were both blessed and had a wonderful time in the Lord! Thanks for having us and we look forward to seeing you again! -Chris
Chris was soo wonderful to work with from day 1! He was prompt and thorough in responding to inquiry and all further correspondences. He played the saxophone so beautifully and perfectly during wedding ceremony and reception. He also was mc and then dj for latter part of reception and did a fantastic job at that as well. He went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect! I would definitely recommend him! (Thank you Chris for being a part of our special day and making sure it was everything we wanted and more! Meghan and Cody)
Response from Chris Godber:
Hey guys thanks so much!!! I had a great time and glad you and everyone else did as well! Blessings!!! -Chris
Heard him do a concert while I was on vacation in AL. Amazing tone and stage presence! Definitely on par with all the famous sax players out there. I expect to see him on the big stages in the Jazz Festivals very soon! Book this guy while you can still afford him haha.
Hi Chris - thank you for playing at our wedding Saturday morning! The music was lovely & I think you did a wonderful job of playing "If". :)
We really appreciate you adding music to our ceremony. Thanks again!
Chris is a truly professional and amazing saxophone player. If you love Kenny G, you'll be blown away by Chris G! Plus, his character and reliability is of the highest calibre. You will love Chris G!
This was our first time hearing Chris play and he was fantastic. You could get lost in his music. This young man has a lot going for him we rank him on top of the world. His testimony is very touching as is his love for our Savior Jesus Christ. God Bless him his wife and family and his career may he spread the Love of Jesus in his music.
Response from Chris Godber:
Hey guys, thanks so much, it was wonderful to meet you last night! I look forward to coming back to your area again!
Be Blessed, Not Stressed...Chris
We had Chris come in and play a Dinner Concert for our event and it was wonderful! He was very professional from the initial contact of booking all the way through his performance! What a joy to work with and his music is phenomenal!! It's hard to believe, but he sounds even better LIVE than on his CD's which are great!
In addition to a great performance he's a great inspirational speaker and had a good sense of humor. He played some familiar songs that everyone recognized and even shared some of his testimony and inspiration behind his original music which was very interesting! He's a great fit for any event and we will use him again!!
Heard him play at a Holiday Trade Show Market in Pensacola, FL!
Wow, I thought they had Kenny G playing overhead and I came around the corner and there he was walking around, serenading everyone, I couldn't believe it! I got his card and booked him for my own event and he was incredible, great sound, very professional, great price (Much less than most DJ's in fact and much much less than Kenny G would charge haha) Highly Recommend!!!!
"I just wanted to say thank you sooooo much for everything! The wedding was amazing and I loved everything you did :) You play beautifully!!" Wedding Ceremony & Reception
Chris Godber plays a mean saxophone. Wow! Is he ever great! But
Chris IS the instrument. His radiant spirit, winsome manner and
awesome testimony make a Chris Godber concert a true worship
experience. He left our congregation wanting more and he WILL be back.”
"We wanted to let you know that you did a fantastic job at our crazy, little wedding. You really took it to the next level and went far and beyond in making that day the best it could be. We had a few things not go our way (RAIN) but God came through by stopping it just in time and everything came together in the end, may not have been how we imagined it but we still got to say I DO and commit to each other in front of God and our family- and that's what truly matters.
We wish you the best, that God continues to work in your life and through your music. You are amazing and such a wonderful person. We will always be speaking praises about your work and will recommend you to everybody."
Price Range: $200 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
Insurance: $1,000,000 - I only get asked about once every two years if we have it. As a result I get liability insurance on an as needed basis per event. If you require it for your event just let me know and I'll secure it.
What to Expect
Inspiration! Chris Godber was told he'd never be able to play the saxophone because of his asthma. Not only does he play, but he plays powerfully! His music is inspiring as is his message of overcoming. Audiences leave breathless at his anointed playing and often tell him how they feel goosebumps when they hear him play....in a good way!
Chris Godber (God – brrr) has become a highly sought after performer in the smooth jazz realm, playing some of the nation’s largest jazz festivals and his own sold out shows at various jazz clubs thanks to the success of his 2015 acclaimed chart topping album, Starting Over. However, he isn’t just another sax player. When Godber performs his goal is not just to entertain, but to inspire. He does both well because he’s lived it. Despite being told by doctors he wouldn’t be able to play the saxophone due to of the severity of his asthma, he took to it anyway. Picking up the sax in middle school band at age 12, he was first drawn to the sound of the saxophone while living in Germany. His family was military and while being stationed overseas the majority of their entertainment came from music as they picked up one channel on their television. As Godber recalls, “I was a product of the 80’s and Kenny G was getting pretty popular around that time. My parents were Big Kenny G fans!” No doubt it may have sparked his appreciation for the saxophone, but he definitely has a sound all his own with a healthy dose of R&B and Gospel roots showing through. For over 20 years, Godber has been leaving others breathless with his soulful saxophone playing and inspiring testimony.
For 2018, Godber is keeping things moving with the release of his 5th album, MOMENTUM. The project features special guests, Bob Baldwin and Adam Hawley for a fresh and soulful, up-tempo project sure to offer something for every smooth jazz fan!
“Bringing a refreshing sound with a distinctive gospel/R&B twist to the genre, Godber is a master at weaving addictive melodies on soprano and tenor with funky, driving grooves” –Jonathan Widran / (link hidden)
It’s clear that Godber loves what he does. On stage, his performance is invigorating and inspiring. “The live shows are so much fun” Chris says. “What I like most about playing live though is the audience. Music is such a powerful force that brings people together and I think we need more of that. God gave me the ability to play even with my asthma, so all Glory goes to Him. I tell my story everywhere that I play because I want it to resonate with people just as much as my music. You never know who’s out there listening and who needs to hear that the message of God’s grace, hope and healing. That’s why I do what I do.” Godber takes that passion with him even off the stage where he is also a Respiratory Therapist. No doubt a nod to his 2009 release, One Breath at a Time. He’s even been known to bring his sax to work and play for the patients. Most of those patients would have no idea that their Respiratory Therapist plays National Jazz Festivals; that he’s performed for the cast of Dancing with The Stars as they toured and shared the stage with artists such as Mindi Abair, Snarky Puppy, Gerald Albright, Marcus Anderson and Tower of Power. No, Chris isn’t the type to brag, he’s about as laid back as they come…until you give him a saxophone, then sit back and prepare to feel the Momentum!
Additional Booking Notes
Chris provides full sound system. Chris also uses a wireless saxophone mic so that he can walk around and serenade the audience rather than being glued to the stage. He also has additional mics available for announcements and toasts etc so he can take care of all your sound needs at your event. If you already have a DJ in place, Chris can hook his equipment into the DJ's system for a smooth transition and often at a discount if he doesn't have to set up sound equipment.
Each set is different as each gig is different. What he plays for a concert will not be the same atmosphere as a wedding so he tailors each gig to the audience's expectations playing not only his original music but a vast array of familiar cover songs that he makes his own!
Influences & Inspiration
Grover Washington Jr, George Howard, Boney James, Kenny G, Euge Groove & Kirk Whalum
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