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"Ben Arnold Residency @ The Grape Room"

Chris Grunwald performed a good solo set of music and I really liked what I heard. - One Fan at a Time

"Hezekiah Jones says Griz is A-OK"

"Without Chris the Philadelphia music scene would be a dark and scary place." - Raphael Cutrufello (Hezekiah Jones)

" praise"

"great voice, intelligent songwriting from all sorts of styles" -

"XPN undercover"

Ryan Tennis covers "My Side of the Hill" at Turtle Studios for the Philly Sings Philly album and is the Under Cover track of the day on Helen Leicht's midday show (WXPN Philadelphia). - WXPN


"The new album, The Secret in the Garden (due for release in summer of 2011) promises to be a game changer for the Philly music scene. With the help and production of Philadelphia champion Andrew Lipke, as well as guest performances by Andy Keenan and Fred Berman (Amos Lee), Dean Gorfti (Hezekiah Jones), Steve Ciannavei (Rev. TJ McGlinchey and the Froemen) and Susan Rosetti (Slo-Mo/Stargazer Lily), the 12 songs encompass the vast collection of skills Griz possesses as a master craftsman of his art. From a rosy calypso beach song to a wailing reggae hymn and back to a heartbreaking civil war folk ballad, this album takes the listener on a monumental journey of sentiment and truth. Griz is without a doubt the artist to watch in 2011."



Affectionately known by all who love him as Griz (and currently performing under that pseudonym), Chris Grunwald is a Philadelphia born artist who has been delivering the goods for more than a decade. Constantly adding to his creative resume, he continues to explore different musical avenues both as a solo performer and with several Philly based bands. Griz' rustic exterior is embedded with thoughtful honesty and raw affection. His repertoire is a unique collection of songs crafted with an untamed scrutiny of the human experience that leaves an audience energized and ready to dance. This rocking vibe sets Griz apart from his mates in the local folk scene.

When Griz is playing with his full band, it is the fleshed out manifestation of his songwriting. Accompanied by a rotating cast of accomplished musicans, it brings to life the rock and roll sounds that Griz hears in his head (along with the voices). They enjoy a fun loving fan base that can often be heard singing along to songs from Plant Life, as well as newer tunes from The Secret in the Garden.

Griz is currently living the dream in Paoli, Pennsylvania with his wife, 3 kids, 2 cats and 1 turtle.

Artistic collaborations and credits:

Griz - songwriter, guitar, lead vocals (2009 to present)
Philadelphia Songwriters Project and Turtle Studios Producers Choice Award (2011)
Philadelphia Songwriters Project Contest Winner (2011)
Philly Folk Parade - member (2010 to present)
Ryan Tennis and the Clubhouse Band - bass, vocals (2010 - present)
Hezekiah Jones - vocals, guitar, drums, bass, keyboard (2006 to present)
The Spinning Leaves - bass, vocals (2008-2009)
Hezekiah Leaves / Spinning Jones - lead guitar (2010 - present)
Cowmuddy - guitar, vocals (2007-present)
Philly Sings Philly - contributor (2010)
Hunter's Cannon - drums, vocals (2007 to present)
Soul Shakedown Party Reggae Tribute (2008-present)
StillWillis - songwriter, guitar, bass, vocals (2003-2007)