Christopher the Conquered has traveled North America and Europe for over 10 years, piano in tow, sharing his self-proclaimed “interstellar soul” music with anyone who will listen.
His 2016 album I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll has received over 500,000 listens online and garnered positive reviews, with Alternative Press labeling it a "raw, emotional" album and ABC News declaring his music as "compelling, interesting, and funny". Julien Baker has called it “a great record”.
He followed up that album with the single “Mama, I Wanna Be James Brown” (feat. Max Jury), a song written in response to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. When Consequence of Sound premiered the track, he told them, “This song is about me wanting to be what I want to be, for people who want to be what they want to be.”
His most recent singles, released over the course of 2019, mark a new beginning, a return to the DIY home recording of his youth in a search for the core spirit of his songs.
Christopher developed his songwriting while growing up in Iowa, but he now calls Colorado home. He has spent time on stage supporting a wide array of magnificent artists, including Leon Russell, Andrew Bird, Sturgill Simpson, The Mountain Goats, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Julien Baker, Natalie Prass, and St. Paul & the Broken Bones.
In between panel appearances with the likes of Philip Glass, writing for Smithsonian Folkways Magazine, and multiple features in Billboard, Christopher continues to hone his songwriting daily, working toward a simple language that communicates elemental human emotions as only music can. His musical heroes are Nina Simone, Randy Newman, and Jonathan Richman.
If you've never heard the songs of Christopher the Conquered, then take the advice of Paste Magazine and "Listen now."