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January 31, 2013
Oakland’s own GRAMMY-winning songwriter, formerly of Chicago
Featuring: Alex Drizos (bass) and Jim Preston (percussion)
Thursday, Jan 31
- 8pm $24
Note: 10pm show has been cancelled. 8pm show will be an extended set!
“He’s known the world over as the soulful singer/keyboardist of the iconic jazz-pop band Chicago. His featured spots on the hits “Look Away” and “Hard Habit to Break” are among his mainstream highlights. But Bill Champlin’s defining work with the Sons of Champlin and as a songwriter put him on the musical map long before he arrived in Chicago. Bill and the Sons were blowing the doors off venues back in the ’70s - and they returned to doing the same in the late ’90s and into the present.”
-- Greg Rule, Keyboard Magazine
Bill Champlin is best known for being a member of Chicago, which he joined in 1981 and remained a member of for 28 years. However, his career encompasses a whole lot more.
Bill's first band, The Opposite Six, was formed in 1961, while he was still in high school. Later, The Sons of Champlin formed in 1965 as a five-piece band, and later expanded to seven members. The Sons recorded seven commercially released albums between 1968 and 1977 and gained a devoted fan base. However, they never quite made it on the national scene, and disbanded in 1977.
At this point, Bill moved to L.A. to begin his solo career and also to write and record on many other artists' albums. Bill received two GRAMMY awards for his songwriting and has released seven solo albums. He has recording credits on numerous albums by various artists that cover a 30-year period.
In 1997, the Sons of Champlin reformed and are performing again, whenever schedules permit. Over the past few years, the Sons have also released two live albums and a DVD, as well as their first new studio album in almost 30 years, "Hip Li'l Dreams."
No Place Left To Fall (DreamMakers/2009) is Bill's first solo CD / DVD in over 12 years.
For a complete biography, discography, music, videos, photos, forum, and a whole lot more, please visit The Official Bill Champlin Web Site