Chris Compton has established himself among the premier instrumentalists in the music world. His career currently spans nine albums, seven of which are original writings. Chris’s contribution to the Smooth Jazz uprising of the late 90s and 2000s has earned him multiple top 40 positions in the music charts, over a million song downloads, and a continually growing fan base. His music is broadcast via satellite radio and digital music distribution networks throughout the world and can be found almost anywhere online.
Chris’s 1996 debut, “Destiny” exposes his sultry and unique sound with 10 terrific tracks of music. “Mystical”, released in 1998, serves a more relaxing atmosphere by blending Smooth Jazz with the ethereal flavors of New Age music.
While Chris’s unique, signature sound is immediately identifiable while playing his favorite horn- the Soprano Saxophone, his late 1999 release “On The Brink” definitely shows that he can wail with his tenor as well. This album finds an upbeat, high energy audience as most of these songs are recorded with his live band.
During production of On The Brink, Chris’s musical style and sound grew in popularity among meeting planners, booking agencies, DMC’s and many other entertainment professionals who seek live music for their clients in the corporate market. Since 1998, Chris has performed over 2500 shows for meeting and event professionals in the corporate and hotel sector.
As Chris’s client and fan base continued to grow with his three previous albums, “Eclectic” was introduced in 2001- another great compilation with 8 tracks of truly smooth music. The album’s radio track, “Tell Me Your Secrets” hit #1 on mp3.com’s Smooth Jazz charts, creating a buzz which landed a few of Chris’s other songs in the top 40, catapulting him into the mainstay of the Smooth Jazz/ Adult Contemporary scene. “Egypt”, from his 1998 release Mystical would soon follow with a #1 position and has become a popular and play expected favorite during his live shows.
Chris’s 2005 release “The Domino Effect” takes the listener on a dynamic musical journey through the sounds of electronic and acoustic world instruments. Tracks from this album have been licensed for commercial use, prompting the sponsorship of Belvedere Vodka, MetLife and Toyota Financial for a series of live concert dates in 2006. Highlights of the tour included opening shows for Hall and Oates, Maroon 5 and Michael McDonald. MPI (Meeting Professionals International) gave praise as well, describing Chris’s music as “the perfect music for almost any corporate function.”
For 2007, Chris released “Retrospect”, a collection of his most popular songs over the decade.
In 2008, Chris took a break from writing original music and instead recorded an album of cover tunes. Appropriately named, “Covers” was released in July of 2009, containing a fabulous blend of instrumental versions of Adult Contemporary hits from the 80's to today from artists Oleta Adams, Colbie Caillat, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Cyndi Lauper, John Mayer, Simply Red, and Sting.
Chris returned to the studio in 2011 with all new original material and recorded “Benefits Of Oblivion” - a cool blend of deep, hypnotic, electronic grooves coupled with catchy, haunting sax melodies. The album has become a favorite among Amazon and Spotify subscribers around the world.
For 2015, Chris's ninth release "RENDITION" is described as a celebration of the inspiration he's received over the last 20 years by other famous artists in the Smooth Jazz genre. This album includes Chris's "renditions" of hits originally made popular by Chris Botti, Rick Braun, Candy Dulfer, Kenny G, Warren Hill, Dave Koz, Chuck Mangione, David Sanborn, Paul Taylor and Grover Washington, Jr.