CHNNLL (pronounced channel) is a four-piece experimental pop band based in Chicago, IL and is lead by multi-instrumentalist, Chris Davidson. Chris takes inspiration from the likes of St. Vincent, Radiohead, Nirvana, David Bowie, Mac Miller and Run the Jewels.
Chris moved to New York City in 2009 to pursue a career as a jazz drummer and composer. While attending The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music, Chris had the pleasure of studying with Reggie Workman (John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Miles Davis) Mark Guiliana (David Bowie) and Billy Martin (Medeski Martin and Wood).
While Chris’s appreciation for jazz is still strong, he has grown into a new musical direction. He is no longer behind the drums on the stage, but up front singing, switching between keyboards and guitar, reincarnated as front man CHNNLL.
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