Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer-Songwriter, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Music Teacher, has been playing music in the Bay Area for the last twelve years with upcoming performances in solo and collaborative projects.
Chris Newton first began playing guitar at the age of 13. In high school, he was managing his first bands and writing his own material with influences from Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and Stevie Wonder. At this time, Chris was also exploring the styles of hip-hop,reggae,ska,punk, thrash.
In college, Chris began studying music more seriously, learning Jazz with instructors such as Tuck Andress, Randy Vincent, Brian Pardo, Gary Digman and Bennett Friedman. He received his AA in Jazz Studies from Santa Rosa Junior College and his Bachelor's of Music from Sonoma State University.
Studying jazz guitar gave Chris an appreciation for Django Reinhardt style jazz. He performs regularly in this style as well as in other more contempory jazz styles with rock, funk and neo-soul influences. He also covers many jazz, rock, pop and Motown songs on solo guitar, duos, trios or in larger groups.
Chris is currently working towards releasing his first solo album.