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 spending the majority of her life there. Ms. Ndeti has always had a love for music before she took her first steps 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 in 2007. She credits developing her signature powerhouse vocals while becoming proficient in piano and guitar during her undergraduate years. During that time she performed in an avant-garde jazz ensemble, orchestral string ensemble, and women's choir.
Being a principle violin player, she honed her acoustic 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 college bands before she focused on her 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 Recreation Therapist and is a certified Music & Memory facilitator. 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 in Augusta Georgia for 4 years before co-founding and fronting 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 continues to perform and collaborate with musicians. She was a guest performer with the Georgia Regents University Jazz Ensemble with nationally renowned trombonist and GRU artist in residence Wycliffe Gordon. In February 2015, she was invited to open the 6th Annual Julius Daniels Blues Festival in Denmark, SC. The festival headlined with blues legend Mr. Mac Arnold and his band, Plate Full O' Blues. In 2017, Chris and MAMA SAYS were invited to headline the festival. Ms. Ndeti made another appearance in the 2015 Masters Guide issue of Augusta Magazine with a highlight article written by Mark Hodges of Augusta WRDW News 12.
In July 2015, Ms. Ndeti received her first artist endorsement with Seagull Guitars by Godin and continues to receive high accolades and reviews for her solo and collaborative works and is currently recording her first acoustic based EP Acoustic Chocolate .