Chris youmans

Chris Youmans was born in 1993 in Santa Cruz, CA.  He began learning bluegrass flatpicking guitar at age 5. Youmans grew up surrounded by an eclectic mix of music, from traditional Irish music to his dad’s record collection of classic rock bands and songwriters like James Taylor and Joni Mitchell.

As a teenager Youmans developed a love of gospel and soul music, listening to great singers such as Donny Hathaway and Whitney Houston. He started writing songs at 14 after discovering his love of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album. 

Youmans studied Music at UC Berkeley, where he joined gospel choirs and started a band that played jazz standards and pop covers in local clubs. In college Youmans began playing with musicians from the East Bay jazz/funk music scene.

 

Going out to the weekly funk jams became a heralded tradition among him and his friends. This eventually gave rise to Youmans's explorations of acts like Nile Rodgers, Stevie Wonder, and the Dap-Kings. 

Halfway through college, Youmans wrote the songs on his debut EP,  Make Things Right. The songs are reflections about his life and relationships during those years. Musically, Youmans was inspired by productions ranging from 1960s pop/rock groups like the Shangri-Las and the Beach Boys to famed contemporary producer, Mark Ronson. 

Christopher Youmans is the recipient of the 2015 Eisner Prize in Music for creative achievement of the highest order in Music. He lives in Los Angeles and is currently touring with his band, The Sound Agency, and working on new music.