“Whatever happens with my life is all in God’s hands…Im just enjoying the ride He is taking me on!”Â Â Christopher McGinnis
Christopher McGinnis first came to my attentionÂ back in 2011 when I stumbled across a YouTube video of him when he was just 8 years old playing a Red Garland rendition of “Bye Bye Blackbird”. At just 8 years old, Christopher was an accomplished pianist playing mostly Jazz, Latin and Classical piano. (A sophisticated pianist to say the least!)
In his formidable years, his father taught Christopher and started him on the piano at 5 years old. He was classically trained at 7 yrs old by the Master pianist David Tong from the Julliard School in New York City. As time passed, Christopher grew musically at a rapid pace, studying with the great Jazz pianist Eldar Djangirov and Zacai Curtis. Â
He has played Madison Square Garden 3 times, entertained for Senators, and performed for the United States Army with a song he wrote for Veterans called “The War Song An American Hero.” He was the youngest pianist to play once a week at the Jazz Standard in NYC with the Youth Orchestra at 11 yrs old and has played at many NYC comedy clubs opening up for headliner comedians.
Christopher is truly a gifted musician. He is one of a kind.
Today at 16 years old, Christopher McGinnis is a busy young teen to say the least. His newest accomplishment is his alliance with the Catholic Archdiocese of NY. He is one of the youngest church organist and singers hired at age 15 and currently works for three different churches.
Since last year, he has played well over 100 masses for Sunday services and numerous funerals. He has been thoroughly enjoying his new job! So much so that he wrote a song called: “I Look To My God”.
He is the sole performer at a large venue (3,500) people for the 19th annual KIDS FAIR sponsored by WHUD 100.7fm. He will be performing at the annual â€œMake Music NY Festivalâ€ in NYC and Christopher will be the headliner for â€œPOP CITY TOURS 2014â€ shows in NYC.
Use the Player belowÂ to Christopher McGinnis Interview with Bruce Owens
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Christopher has been interviewed by Bruce Owens a number of times and recently was honored to be the last scheduled guest on his Radio Talk Show for Good Morning Hudson Valley Radio.Â Bruce shared this historic interview with Rivenmasterâ€™s place specifically for this article.
You may also want to see his performances of â€œJust Another Teenage Night” Â a pop original of Christopherâ€™s performed in the lower east side of New York City, and â€œChick Corea during a sold out Latin Jazz performance.
Iâ€™m not sure whatâ€™s around the corner for Christopher, but I can promise you itâ€™s going to be huge! Â With the countless songs he has written, this prodigy pianist, singer, and now church organist will undoubtedly continue to experience great success.Â Yes, the NEW PIANO MAN has truly arrived!
After all Christopher is gaining momentum in the City That Never Sleeps, the one whereâ€¦Â Â Â Â Â Â Â IF YOU CAN MAKE IT THEREâ€¦…. well you know the rest! Â
To learn more about Christopher McGinnis visit:
- Christopherâ€™s Domain Site
- Christopher on YouTube
- Christopher on Facebook
- Christopher on Twitter
- Christopher on Instagram
You can also find all of Christopherâ€™s singles on iTunes