Chris Brooks has been a world-touring professional pianist and keyboardist for over twenty years. He is one of the talented songwriters / musicians in the popular band, Lionize, which has endless accolades associated with their act. In addition, Chris is a well respected studio and live session musician and live sound / studio engineer.
Regarding Chris' band, Lionize, over the years, they have cultivated a unique blend of funky riffs, cyborg tales and soulful rock sensibilities. From the beginning, with 2005’s album Danger My Dear, they were pushing boundaries. In 2008 they recorded their second album, Space Pope And The Glass Machine, at Harry J Studios in Jamaica – where Bob Marley made several records. By the time the propulsive Jetpack Soundtrack was released (in 2014) they had streamlined their experience into an original rock sound. Now, with their new LP, Nuclear Soul they’re raising the bar again with their most fearless, expansive-sounding songs yet.
The Lionize story began in Silver Spring, Maryland, where Bergman, keyboardist Chris Brooks and bassist Henry ‘Hank’ Upton met as teenagers in middle school. By high school they’d become firm friends, bonding over a shared appreciation of their local music scene, as well as a healthy dose of classic staples from Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, to Parliament and Motown. In 2004 they formed Lionize.
Along the way, they’ve enthralled audiences at festivals including Red Rocks and Desert Fest, and on tour with The Wailers, Clutch and others. Support slots with Bad Brains and Steel Pulse also earned them kudos as a ‘reggae rock' group – as did their stint with dub/reggae icon Lee Scratch Pretty. In truth, however, Lionize were always about much more than that. Now, signed to New York’s The End Records, the band are taking a fresh look at their sound. Cut at the Magpie Cage studio and The Lion’s Den, MD, the new album was co-produced with the band by J.Robbins and (Clutch drummer) Jean Paul Gaster. No tricks – just a liberated, highly driven set of tunes.