CHRIS HOUGH comes from a long line of musicians. Chris’ strongest influence came from his mother who encouraged him to follow his dream of becoming a musician. Being a musician and vocalist herself and a music teacher of many years, and eventually becoming head of the music department for the Greenwich Connecticut Public Schools, she was in a perfect place to encourage him. She encouraged Chris to attend a Berklee College of Music Summer Program which eventually led to his obtaining a degree from Berklee in professional music. After graduating from Berklee College of Music Chris played for 20 years in the Boston area with the Winiker Band - The Boston Globe called the Winikers "Boston’s House Band." Some events Chris has performed include President Clinton’s Presidential Inaugural Ball, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Harvard University, and some venues such as The Wang Center, Boston’s Regatta Bar, The Parker House Hotel, Zanzibar, and The Colonnade. Chris gained his vast repertoire playing countless events on the East Coast. Chris has taught at private and public schools from grade school through college.
Chris relocated to the Salt Lake area where he was embraced and quickly earned a reputation as one of the area’s finest guitarists and is also an active educator. Some past performances in Salt Lake City have been The 2008 Utah Arts Festival, The Gateway Concert Series, Little Shop of Horrors at the Capital Theater, The Grand America, and Zanzibar, to name a few.
Relocating to the Salt Lake area for Chris was a process of energizing and sparking new creativity. A difficult decision that led to new possibilities and the composition of a long overdue original jazz CD “Turn For The West,” which is currently receiving global airplay.
Chris has a sound that is "retro-fresh." While many of his compositions are challenging technically to play, he gives the audience something to hold on to with his clean sound that soothes, relaxes, excites and, best of all, stays with you. His grit and energy from a musical road well traveled translate well to the audience.