American music with a twist. Folk, RnB, Rock and Roll, Reggae. Anything with soul.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
Chris can perform as a solo acoustic guitar act typically incorporating a looping pedal to fill out the sound a bit. He also performs as a duo with his brother and can perform as a band under the name Topher James and Biscuit Brigade.
Refusing to take the route of his peers Chris "Topher James" Shaw shunned the corporate world after a pivotal moment with his boss and began a journey of music, for a living, as a way of life. Realizing a common denominator of all the music he loved was melody, strong emotional content, and soul, he began writing in this style and studying the greats.
His first EP “Art & Soul” recorded in southern Ohio with Josh Antonuccio at the helm came out to great reviews: (link hidden) said it was a “…stellar 6-track EP rich with funky guitar licks, smooth horn section melodies, and lyrically rich storytelling…” (link hidden) called it ”…a straightforward classy album. It accurately reflects Topher James’ personality - confident, opinionated and carrying an affinity for the finer things in life…The image of this new project is not pretentious - and neither is the music.“ Chris also plays in a duo with his brother Andy as the Shaw Brothers incorporating more folk and reggae into the sound. Chris can play solo, duo, trio, or with his full band.
Additional Booking Notes
Chris is self sustainable and has his own gear. If there is stage and lighting provided that is fine but details would be discussed through email/phone.
Let It Be - Beatles
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
The Walk - Mayer Hawthorne
Joanne - Lady Gaga
Back Where I Started - Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Stay - Rihanna
Dying Day - Brandi Carlile
Hammer - Bob Marley
Pray Enough - Wood Bros
Long Black Veil - Johnny Cash
Fight - Ben Kweller
How Many Times - Bob Marley
Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams
You're Gonna Change Or I'm Gonna Leave - Hank Williams
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - Paul Simon
Slip Slidin' Away - Paul Simon
Loves Me Like A Rock - Paul Simon
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
I Still Miss Someone - Johnny Cash
You're No One Til Someone Let's You Down - John Mayer
Waitin' On The World to Change - John Mayer
What A Wonderful World It Would Be - Sam Cooke
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
I Shall Be Released - The Band/Dylan
tons of originals as well
Influences & Inspiration
Stevie Wonder, Amos Lee, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Sam Cooke, Ray Lamontagne, Willie Nelson, Mayer Hawthorne, Allen Stone, Robin Thicke, No Doubt, Sublime, and many more.
outlet to plug in my p.a.
lighting if possible to light area I perform
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