CHRIS GODBER Cool Jazz Saxophonist
"Chris Godber has literally raised the bar on this year's summer jazz singles with his latest release CD "Starting Over" and the first single called "Rain". With a style as smooth and funky straight out of Boney James' playbook, Chris holds his own, hitting it out of the park with a delicious groove with a robust bassline and buttery sax that is pleasurable with each listen." – Jazz Moods Radio
Getting to Know
Chris Godber in 3 minutes
Chris Godber (God - brrr) isn’t just another sax player. When Godber performs his goal is not just to entertain, but to inspire. Despite being told by doctors he wouldn’t be able to play the saxophone due to of the severity of his asthma, Godber took to it anyway. Picking up the sax in middle school band at age 12, Godber has been leaving others breathless ever since. 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 only received 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.
Godber’s last album [STARTING OVER] an Amazon Best Seller in the NeoSoul genre for 2016, launched his career into the Smooth Jazz realm. The first two singles, "Rain" and "Chill" landed him on the Top 50 charts of smoothjazz.com. Rain hit #6 on Groove Jazz Music Charts and both were heard daily on Sirius XM’s Watercolors. Now, Godber is heating things up with the release of an all new single for summer 2017, “Sizzle”. Produced by Adam Hawley, it provides a glimpse of Godber’s upcoming 2018 album, Momentum!
"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” –SmoothJazz.com
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 be blown away!
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