Chris Colepaugh makes southern dipped old-fashioned rock that bridges the gap between old school doubleneck guitar crunch and moaning alt-country pedal steel wail. Live, his band ‘The Cosmic Crew’ are monsters of energy that pace the stage with confidence and explore a world of massive riffs in their improvisations. In the studio, Chris blends their heavier stage sound with well-crafted rock-with-thought songs that fans just can’t get enough of.
Chris Colepaugh’s new Malkin Music/Sunburst Studios/Fontana North album “Missed A Page” is produced by none other than Chris Colepaugh himself, and represents album number nine for the band. And it, much like him, refuses to be categorized by just one music label. On “Missed A Page” Chris Colepaugh explores influences of rock, blues, folk, alt country and soulful picking as he deftly covers weighty topics through soulful songwriting in classic southern-rock style .
He and The Cosmic Crew have performed at festivals throughout Canada and the United States and have toured extensively with over fifteen national ( CAN & US ) coast-to-coast tours where part of his US itineraries have included dates with Government Mule, North Mississippi Allstars and Grady. Awards and nominations are plenty and include the East Coast Music Awards, The International Acoustic Music Awards, The Toronto Music Magazine Awards, the Contact East Touring Excellence Awards and many others.
Chris Colepaugh’s catalogue of music has also had its share of accolades as well. His song “Caught Up To You” was featured on the international hit television show Degrassi : The Next Generation ( Episode 808 ). “Spotless Mind” from “In Your Backyard” was part of the film “Break The Cycle” from Ireland. Chris was also a semi finalist in the Starbucks Music Maker Series in Vermont and his song “Coffee Shop” was featured alongside of Moe., Bob Weir and Umphrey’s McGee on the 2007 – 10,000 Lakes Festival CD. In addition, there are the numerous compilation CDs he has been featured on.
However, it is not just his Cosmic Crew that brings music to Chris Colepaugh, it’s also his friends. An observer with a keen eye would have spotted him playing drums for Star Académie winner Wilfred LeBouthillier, playing pedal steel across Canada, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany with International Canadian sensation Roch Voisine, invited by Gordie Johnson on stage to perform pedal steel and guitar with Grady, and playing sessions for artists such as International Daniel Pearl Fiddler Samantha Robichaud, multi-country-award nominees Melanie Morgan and Darcy Mazerolle, francophone artists Annie Blanchard, Anique Granger, Trisha Foster, Jason Lang and many more. And with producing securely under his belt ( he spent two weeks in Texas at Willie Nelson’s Studio mentoring producer methods with Gordie Johnson ) there is no stopping this guy!
Chris is endorsed by Sennheiser Microphones, Gibson guitars ( full feature and interview on Gibson.com USA ) and Traynor Amplifiers, and has signed a deal with his management company and Fontana North Distribution.