This is part of a year-long ‘Love for Local’ series called NB365: portraits of New Brunswick entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations. Huddle is a media partner with Love for Local. Today we feature Chris Colepaugh of Sunburst Studios, in Riverview.
With a southern-inspired soul and a heaping dose of the blues, multiple award-winning Canadian Chris Colepaugh delivers a powerhouse of driving rhythms, crunchy guitar licks, and badass vocals.
As the multiple award-winning frontman of the group Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew and Gold City Ashes, he has performed at prestigious festivals such as SXSW, CMW, NXNE, NEMO, Evolve, Canadian Music Cafe, and has spent more than two decades actively touring Canada and the United States.
Part of his itineraries has included dates with Government Mule, North Mississippi Allstars, and Big Sugar, as well as CCCC performances at the House of Blues, the Hard Rock Café, tours of New England and southern US, the U.S. West Coast, Southern California, and multiple cross Canada tours.
In addition to his band and solo work, from 2010 to the present Chris has lent his multi-instrument talents to platinum artists Roch Voisine and Big Sugar, fiddle champion Samantha Robichaud and NB blues icon Matt Andersen. And all this while releasing music, putting on live stream interactive concerts and planning for his upcoming releases.
In 2011, Chris took home two East Coast Music Awards including Fan Choice of the Year as well as the 2011 Music NB Songwriter of the Year. Chris was announced as a finalist for the 2008 International Acoustic Music Awards and won both the 2007 Contact East Touring Excellence Award and four 2007 Toronto Music Magazine Awards. Chris Colepaugh is proudly endorsed by Gibson Guitars, Black Bridge Amplifiers, Benrod Pedals, Jetslide, Los Cabos sticks and Sennheiser Microphones.