Chris Saunders is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Manhattan. Coming from British and Jamaican roots, he had an innate love of music, which was nurtured by his family. Chris was raised on the music of icons, such as Jimmy Cliff, The Beatles, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Sting & The Police.
In his formative years, he studied the piano, trumpet, and flute, but found his place with a guitar in his lap. Bob Marley and Eric Clapton were some of the early artists that shaped Chris’ music style, later adding the sounds of Oasis and Eagle Eye Cherry.
As his interest and talent grew, so did his catalog of covers. In 2005, Chris began to create his own sound, combining styles and genres from a variety of artists and regions. As both a solo musician and collaborator, he has written and performed songs ranging from singer/songwriter and rock to reggae and funk. Chris’ love of all kinds of music is reflected by the versatility in his songwriting.
In 2010, Chris formed his band, Eleventh Ward, regularly performing his original songs and popular covers at live gigs throughout New York City. Four years later in 2014, Chris and the band released a self-titled EP featuring original tracks traversing singer/songwriter, funk, reggae, and soul. As his sound continued to evolve and his band morphed, he performed throughout NYC at legendary venues, including The Bitter End, Pianos, Arlene’s Grocery, The Red Room, and The Delancey, as well as performing at the 2015 New York City Marathon.
Chris’ years of writing and performing have now culminated in the release of his first solo full-length album, titled Liquid Therapy, released in February 2018. The album combines the sounds of traditional indie rock and soul, along with reggae/hip-hop/dancehall elements. Liquid Therapy explores the personal journeys and complex relationships formed under the influence of alcohol and music.