Chic performs in clubs, colleges, theaters, performing arts centers, festivals, special events, high schools and middle schools. His lyrics focus on positive alternatives while entertaining in a spirited manner. His music transcends cultural barriers through acoustic bluesy ballads and funky upbeat originals. His musical tree is rooted in the blues, but branches out into many different directions. His vocal style is largely influenced by his mother, Jannie, who sang on a few occasions with Fats Waller. He has performed at Johns Hopkins for Cancer Survivor’s Day, at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York for the International Day of Peace, and in two Peace Child productions touring to Russia and Poland. He has given a pair of benefit concerts for the United Nations Human Rights Center in Geneva, Switzerland.
Chic Sings With His Mother, Jannie Mae
Chic recorded his first album in Paris, France where he toured extensively and received continual exposure on national TV and radio. He later released two albums, Guns Away and Everybody Be Yo’self, and then a fourth album, Beau-ti-ful, a fifth, Lullablues, and then a single called Sidewinder.
In addition to concerts and festivals, Chic has composed and performed in an extensive list of theatrical productions. He composed the music and starred in the off-Broadway hit show, Spunk, adapted by George C. Wolfe from three works of Zora Neale Hurston. He received an Audelco Award and an NAACP Theater Arts Award for his music and performance in Spunk. He composed the score and starred in the Berkeley Repertory Theater’s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. He was a contributing author, performer and musical arranger for the Denver Center Theater Company’s It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, and toured with the show in D.C., Arizona, Kansas City and Seattle. He composed the score for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s world premiere of A Lesson Before Dying. He composed the score and was the featured performer in the Cleveland Playhouse’s world premiere of Touch The Names–Letters to The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. –He wrote and performed A Black History of The Blues for the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. He was the arranger, musical director and composer for the McCarter and Berkeley Reportory Theater’s Production of Zora Neale Hurston’s Polk County, for which he also won the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle Award for Musical Direction. He played the role of “Slow Drag” at the Seattle Repertory Theater’s production of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He composed the music and starred in Richard Wright’s Native Son at Seattle’s Intiman Theater. He was the guitar man in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Ruined. He starred in the Mark Taper Forum production of Lost Highway, the story of Hank Williams. He has appeared in the films Triple Bogey and Hangin’ With The Home Boys.
Chic graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. Degree in Psychology. Before deciding to focus exclusively on his music, he served as Head of the Department of Psychodrama at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, CA. He was the Executive Director of ECHO Fair Housing in Hayward, CA and was an instructor of a class on creativity at Occidental College in Los Angeles. While living in Santa Barbara, CA he founded Chic Street Man’s School of Performing Arts. Chic has taught at the Seattle Conservatory of Music and is currently on the faculty of the Heifetz International School of Music in Staunton, VA.