Chris Rob

Chris Rob

 New York City, New York, USA
BandR&B

"A futuristic fusion of Prince-inspired funk, Chicago-house music, soulful melodies, classic hip hop, and future jazz."

Biography

While working with some of the greatest musical legends across multiple genres, vocalist/pianist/songwriter Chris Rob has built himself as an explosive performer with exquisite abilities. Being classically trained in piano, he was able to learn the drums, bass, and guitar with ease. Alongside his captivating voice, keyboard wizardry, passionate lyrics, and producing abilities, Chris Rob is reputed to be a world-class artist. His sound, a fusion of Prince-inspired funk, Chicago-house music, soulful melodies, classic hip hop, and future jazz, exemplifies the utter essence of successful cross-over experiences. Chris Rob continues to electrify audiences at some of New York City's most popular venues, as well as around the globe, developing an ever-growing unified following. "I want to bring back the feel good energy of old school R&B & Hip-Hop, and make music that brings people together." says Chris Rob.

His latest EP, Sound of Da Struggle, was released in late 2016 and features some of his most powerful work. Inspired by the heaviness of today's headlines, Chris Rob chose to tackle more sensitive subjects that include failed relationships, communication gaps, struggles with depression, and women empowerment. The lead single, For Colored Boys, journeys from a  dark classical piano motif over heavy hip hop drums, and explodes into a driving rock anthem. Boosted with an appearance by frequent collaborator hip hop artist Talib Kweli, the song speaks about the oppression of minorities growing up in today’s world. In an interview with SoulBounce, Chris Rob describes For Colored Boys as being “a serious song for these serious times”. The entire EP, with contains two bonus tracks, depicts the brilliance and magnitude of his musical ingenuity and integrity. His previous projects include Mental Notes, and The Official Bootleg of Chris Rob Vol 1 & 2.

Having shared the stage with some of music's most iconic artists, such as Nile Rogers, Roberta Flack, John Legend, and Kanye West, Chris Rob has designed himself as an all-around showman. He opened up for and performed with Stevie Wonder at President Barack Obama’s 2009 Inauguration and has continued to light up stages all across the globe. Over the years, Chris has been featured at Madison Square Garden, The Apollo Theater, The Blue Note, Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Image Nation Film Festival to name a few. Abroad, he has toured throughout Europe, Australia, and Japan. He has also played supporting roles on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Grammy Awards, VH1's Hip Hop Honors, as well as NBC's "The Office" and "Last Comic Standing”. Currently, Chris Rob is putting the finishing touches on his latest album, and just recently released the new dance single "Touch The Sky".
Quotes about Chris Rob:

“This brother captivates your mind with authentic funk and soul in his own sincere fashion,”- DJ Spinna 

“His music is a reflection of who he is, a beautiful person.”-Meshell N’degeocello 

“A respected singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, he's created an international following due to his musical genius, and captivating live performances.”- All About Jazz 


Discography

Touch The Sky (Single) 2017


Sound Of Da Struggle EP (2016) Hold On- She's On The Move -Taking Too Long- The War Inside- For Colored Boys- Special Lady- Love You Up


Mental Notes EP (2010) Not Guilty- Sex.Money. & Drugs- Waiting 4 You- Check Out Dat Body- Take Time- Everyday- 3 AM Sailing


The Official Bootleg of Chris Rob vol. 2 (2008)- Codeword featuring Nemiss- Take Time- Creepin (Into My Mind)- Ghetto People- Good Girl, Hood Girl)- Til We Had Sexxx- Call U- Dirty Movie (Live at The Temple Bar, L.A.)- U Can't Run (Live at Bowery Poetry Club, N.Y)


The Official Bootleg of Chris Rob Vol. 1 (2003) Prelude- Said You'd Never Leave Me- Make Love Tonight- Dance With Me- Tell 'Em- Jessie Bell- Naima- Said You'd Never Leave Me (Live at S.O.B.'s, NYC- Tell 'Em (Live at S.O.B.'s, New York)


Set List

Setlist is subject to change, requests are better in advance

Originals:
Tell 'Em
Coming To See You Tonight
Let's Leave Hollywood
Dirty Movie
Dance With Me
Smokin'
Need Up In My Life
Creepin'
Oh Love
Get Away
Said You'd Never Leave Me
If You Just Believe
Jessie Bell
Make Love Tonight
Wherever She Goes, He Goes
Insomnia

Covers
New School:
Prototype-Outkast
Crazy-Gnarls Barkley
Step In The Name Of Love-R. Kelly
Boulevard of Broken Dreams-Green Day
This Love-Maroon 5
Ordinary People-John Legend
Frontin'-Pharell
Brown Sugar-D'Angelo
Let's Get It Started-Black Eyed Peas

Timeless:
Ribbon In The Sky-Stevie Wonder
I Wish-Stevie Wonder
Superstition-Stevie Wonder
Shout-Isley Bros.
Kiss-Prince
The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker-Prince
America-Prince
Naima-John Coltrane
All Blues-Miles Davis
Peg-Steely Dan
Can't Hide Love-Earth, Wind, & Fire
All This Love-DeBarge
Can't Help It-Michael Jackson
Sex Machine-James Brown
I've Got You Under My Skin-Frank Sina