Biography

ABOUT CHRIS NORTON
Seeing Chris Norton perform is an experience you will not soon forget.
This versatile singer, trumpeter, and band leader has the rare ability to leave audiences floating on a cloud with his unique voice and expert interpretation of jazz standards, while simultaneously electrifying guests with pop, R&B hits, rock classics, and soulful ballads. Whether he’s entertaining celebrities during New York Fashion Week, playing for philanthropists at the amfAR gala, thrilling sports executives and football fans during official NFL Super Bowl events, or performing for heads of state (including former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton), Chris demonstrates his best with every note played and song sung – leaving each client satisfied, every single time.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Chris began playing the trumpet as a child – influenced by the hypnotic jazz stylings of Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. As his craft developed, he found his voice – literally. The instrumentalist evolved into a talented vocalist, and began singing and playing trumpet in his live shows. After mastering both crafts, Chris decided to take his talents to the entertainment capital of the world – New York City.
It wasn’t long before Chris became one of the most sought-after and lauded performers on the NYC social scene. His unique shows earned him artist residencies and private events at the city’s most iconic venues including The Waldorf Astoria, The Rainbow Room, Cipriani, the St. Regis, The Plaza, The Standard Hotel, Le Cirque, The SoHo Grand, One World Trade, The New York Public Library, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Oprea House, and Tavern on the Green.
Specializing in high caliber entertainment, Chris has booked performances across the U.S. and internationally with luxury brands and Fortune 500 clientele including Porsche, Hermes, Chopard, Mercedes-Benz, L’Oreal, Microsoft, Audi, The New York Stock Exchange, Valentino, Direct TV, and The Whitney Museum – just to name a few.
With his ensemble, The Chris Norton Experience, he’s headlined the 2016 Cannes Film Festival Party; The 2015 and 2017 Whitney Gala, the 2016 Omega Globemaster launch event with Oscar-winning actor, Eddie Redmayne; Montblanc’s 110th Anniversary Gala at NYC’s iconic Rainbow Room alongside Oscar-nominated actor, Hugh Jackman; the 2016 Campari “BitterSweet” launch party featuring Oscar-nominated actress, Kate Hudson; and most recently, the 2016-2017 Grand Valley State University Gala.

In addition to President Obama and President Clinton, Chris has performed before Vice President Joe Biden, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretary Hillary Clinton. He had the privilege of entertaining Vice President Al Gore and his family as the featured entertainer for his son’s wedding in Washington, D.C. The event earned wide recognition from various outlets, including exclusive name recognition for Chris in People Magazine’s national coverage.
Chris is internationally known, having performed for various dignitaries across the world, including private events and concerts at the renowned Royal Mansour in Marrakech, Morocco. A true citizen of the world, he has travelled to numerous countries over the course of his illustrious, multi-decade career. While he always enjoys sharing his musical talents abroad, Chris is most proud of the work he’s done in his home state , where he recently scored original music for two award-winning Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater tourism commercials.
Chris currently resides in Los Angeles with his fiancé Garance Dore and their puppy, Lulu.

Testimonials

  • Chris Norton is one of the most talented entertainers I know and my go to guy on the society scene.  From cocktail hour jazz to a full blown dance party, this is the man you need to hire.  He can go from crooner to rock star.  Think of him as the  new and improved Peter Duchin, but twice as good looking!

    Colin Cowie, Producer
  • Hey Chris, Hope you all made it back home safe and sound. We had an amazing time last night, and really want to thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for the performance you all gave us. We knew it was going to be incredible, but you went above and beyond.

    Albert Gore Jr.
  • Dear Sabrina, Thank you for helping make our day so special. You have been an absolute pleasure to work with and chris, and his band, were beyond perfection. Please pass on my thanks to him and thought he may like to see these.. so many of our guest were asking for his number..including the wonderful artist, Peter Beard. Best wishes,

    Jenny
  • Chris, what else can I say?  Wow!  The  reviews keep rolling in and hands down, you guys were a unqualified sensation, particularly you!  Thanks for giving the party a real touch of class, and for being so generous with your time.  It was great fun, as always, collaborating with you.  I can’t wait to see pictures! Let’s try to get together for drinks this summer. Best wishes,

    Tony
  •  I hope you and the band had a safe trip back to NYC yesterday.  Thank you for the laughs, your professionalism and sharing your talents with us.  You and the band really brought the party to the wedding and as I mentioned, EVERYONE had nothing but praise and compliments for you. We will definitely be keeping you in mind for future clients and hope our paths cross again.  With warm regards,

    Patricia
  • Dear Chris, On behalf of everyone at Per Se , Vladimir’s family and all the guests, I would like to thank you for a wonderful performance at the anniversary celebration.It was absolutely amazing! You made the party into a most magical affair. Your talent, professionalism and charisma made a big difference. Chris, it was a pleasure to work with you. I look forward to many more magical evenings with you and have you perform again at our next party. All the best,

    Elena
  • Hey! I can’t begin to tell you the response we’ve gotten today on the party – “THE BAND MADE IT” was the recurring theme.  You guys were unbelievable – far exceeded expectations (that were high to begin with). Thank you for the two hour plus extension! Please extend my sincerest appreciation to the rest of the band!  I really hope we get to work together sooner than next year’s holiday party!  And please count on it next year (with a 5 hour contract)!  If you ever need a referral source, please send them my way. Happy holidays! Have an amazing time in Morocco!!

    Jen
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