Chris Godber is celebrating the release of his latest project, “Starting Over.” If anyone appreciates and understands the true meaning of “Starting Over,” it is Chris. He learned very early in his life that with God and faith, new beginnings are possible. After dedicating his talent and love for playing the saxophone to God, promising to always use it for him, Godber has excelled at keeping his promise. “Starting Over” is Chris’ pathway of re-entry and rebranding himself in the world of Contemporary and Smooth Jazz. Chris worked with Caleb Middleton as producer on “Starting Over” and credits him with expanding his musical boundaries. In addition to Middleton’s work as producer and keyboard player, Godber was also joined by Adam Hawley and Lowell Hopper. Together, they created eleven original songs and a cover of “At Last.”
Chris Godber has always known to whom he should give all the honor and thanks: his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He has so much to be thankful for, including his Christmas album that was years in the making, “Where Are You CHRISTmas.” And he poses this question to anyone who needs to be reminded that Jesus is the reason for the season. Chris calls this project a “labor of love” and acknowledges that he did it for his fans. It is their support and the help of some very talented musicians that make it all possible. “Where Are You CHRISTmas” comes just in time for the holiday season and is a collection of songs we all know and love.
“What Child Is This” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” have been glazed with a contemporary smooth jazz sound. “I Love Christmas” features guitarist Lowell Hopper and is pleasantly playful and engaging. Godber’s covers of “Let It Snow,” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” and “The First Noel” are traditional yet very jazzy. Dony Adair lends his smooth vocals to a soulful rendition of “The Christmas Song,” and the title song, “Where Are You CHRISTmas” is reminiscent of the perfect lullaby for the holiday season. “Mary Did You Know” is beautiful and soul-stirring with just the right fusion of Chris on Saxophone and Lowell on guitar. The final song on the album is “Feliz Navidad.” It features Sam Hankins on trumpet and has a Latin jazz big band sound to it.