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Chris Ndeti is described as a dynamic and versatile female acoustic rock/soul performer and songwriter.  Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, she calls Atlanta, Georgia home after spending the majority of her life there. Ms. Ndeti has always had a love for music and has been singing since an early age. She started playing the violin at age 11 and participated in various ensembles from grade school into high school, and continued on during her college years.

 

An alumna of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville Georgia, Ndeti earned her Bachelor of Music Therapy. During that time she performed in an avant-garde jazz ensemble, orchestral string ensemble, and women's choir. She credits developing her signature powerhouse vocals while becoming proficient in piano and guitar during her undergraduate years. Chris' vocals range and timbre are well recognized for being able to deliver grace, finesse, and turning on the grit for her delivery of blues, funk, and rock. Her well defined vocal belt and rhythmic playing style pays homage to the artist and musicians who wrote popular and classic hits. Her ability to play percussivley and transition into fingerpicking singer-songwriter style seamlessly as she performs her original music has entertained listeners for over a decade in the CSRA.  

 

Being a principle violin player, she honed her acoustic guitar playing and songwriting skills at open mics and showcases in and around Milledgeville and Macon, GA. She gained more playing experience while jamming with friends and fellow musicians in both areas; starting off performing in   duos, expanding into house and garage bands before focusing on solo endeavors.  While attending college Ndeti performed in a band that opened up for the former Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge & the Peacemakers and participated as a solo performer in a showcase hosted by Otis Redding III.

 

Ms. Ndeti currently engages full-time with Veterans diagnosed with Alzheimer's and Dementia as a clinical professional therapist. She was featured alongside fellow Music Therapist in the  2014 August/September issue of Augusta Magazine in the article : "The Medicine of Music" and was named Augusta Magazines 2014's Best Female Vocalist later that year.

 

Her  past community contributions include instructing music at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts and having the privledge of performing for a reception of community members and distinguished guest, Former Secertary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice for the 65th Celebration of the Boys and Girls Club of Augusta, GA.  Ndeti also co-founding and is frontwoman of the funk rock band MAMA SAYS. The band headlined the 33rd Arts in the Heart festival in Augusta, Georgia and has had the honor of opening the Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival 2012 in Thompson, Georgia. 

 

Ms. Ndeti was a guest performer with the Georgia Regents University (Augusta University) Jazz Ensemble with nationally renowned trombonist and former GRU artist in residence Wycliffe Gordon. In February 2015, she was invited to open the 6th Annual Julius Daniels Blues Festival in Denmark, SC for blues legend Mr. Mac Arnold and his band, Plate Full O' Blues and invited back in 2017 along with MAMA SAYS to headline the festival.  

 

For the past three years Ms. Ndeti has had an artist endorsement with Seagull Guitars by Godin and continues to receive high accolades and reviews for her solo and collaborative works. After she and her husband welcomed their first child in 2016, she continues to perform and entertain audiences of all delights in the CSRA.

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