Tennessee-born country music singer-songwriter, Chris Shupe, grew up listening to and playing country music with friends and family in a small town in Georgia. As a child, he was heavily influenced by country music legends such as Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and Brooks & Dunn. In his teen years and early twenties, Chris decided to step into the rock world where he was successful and eventually shared the stage with several world-renowned artists and bands.
In 2020, Chris chose to break away from the rock scene and embark on a journey back to his roots to become a solo country music artist. Although starting fresh was an obstacle, he was determined and set out to Nashville with his guitar and new ideas in mind. He played on the streets of Broadway regularly, busking for tips in his guitar case. There he made a name for himself and was recognized by several business owners on Broadway, allowing him to begin to play on stages such as the world famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Alan Jackson’s Good Time Bar and other well known honky-tonks on the strip. During this time, Chris was also working on his own original music behind the scenes.
In late 2021 he wrote and recorded his debut single, “California Sky”, on Music Row with Grammy Award-winning studio musicians. Since releasing “California Sky”, Chris is still playing some shows on Broadway and is also getting into the songwriting scene in the Nashville area.
He is planning to release his second single and is booking tours for the upcoming year. Chris is finding his place in the singer/songwriter world and 2022 is looking like it will be a very promising year for him. He is excited to continue writing and sharing his music and hopes that his listeners can relate to his songs. It is important to him to preserve the traditional sounds of the country music he grew up influenced by while also adding a hint of his rock-n-roll past to his music.
Keep up with Chris on socials for the latest and listen to “California Sky” streaming everywhere now.