In the last few years Billboard charting saxophonist, Chris Godber (God – brrr) has become a highly sought after performer in both the Smooth Jazz & Gospel Jazz realms. He’s been playing some of the nation’s largest jazz festivals and constantly selling out his own shows at various jazz clubs throughout the country thanks to his addictive melodies and inspiring performances. Having two albums make Top 10 on the Groove Jazz Music Charts and consistent airplay on Sirius XM Watercolors and PANDORA haven’t hurt either. However, he isn’t just another sax player. When Godber performs his goal is not just to entertain, but to inspire. He does both well because he’s lived it. Despite being told by doctors he wouldn’t be able to play the saxophone due to of the severity of his asthma, he took to it anyway. Picking up the sax in middle school band at age 12, he was first drawn to the sound of the saxophone while living in Germany. His family was military and while being stationed overseas the majority of their entertainment came from music as they picked up one channel on their television. As Godber recalls, “I was a product of the 80’s and Kenny G was getting pretty popular around that time. My parents were Big Kenny G fans!” No doubt it may have sparked his appreciation for the saxophone, but he definitely has a sound all his own with a healthy dose of R&B and Gospel roots showing through. For over 20 years, Godber has been leaving others breathless with his soulful saxophone playing and inspiring testimony.
The release of his 5th album, MOMENTUM has certainly kept things moving in the right direction. The project features special guests, Bob Baldwin and Adam Hawley for a fresh and soulful, up-tempo project sure to offer something for every smooth jazz fan!
"Godber’s grasp on what works is real and effective. You can’t go wrong with artists
sporting this kind of vision. Two thumbs up!" -TheSmoothJazzRide.com
It’s clear that Godber loves what he does. On stage, his performance is invigorating and inspiring. “The live shows are so much fun” Chris says. “What I like most about playing live though is the audience. Music is such a powerful force that brings people together and I think we need more of that. God gave me the ability to play even with my asthma, so all Glory goes to Him. I tell my story everywhere that I play because I want it to resonate with people just as much as my music. You never know who’s out there listening and who needs to hear something inspiring; that message of God’s grace, hope and healing. That’s why I do what I do.” Godber takes that passion with him even off the stage where he is also a Respiratory Therapist. No doubt a nod to his 2009 release, One Breath at a Time. He’s even been known to bring his sax to work and play for the patients. Most of those patients would have no idea that their Respiratory Therapist plays National Jazz Festivals; that he’s performed for the cast of Dancing with The Stars as they toured Florida and shared the stage with artists such as Mindi Abair, Snarky Puppy, Gerald Albright, Marcus Anderson and Tower of Power. No, Chris isn’t the type to brag, he’s about as laid back as they come…until you give him a saxophone, then sit back and prepare to feel the Momentum!
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