Chris Shinn performing with Live, March 12, 2012 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York, PA
|Birth name||Christopher Shinn|
|Born||August 1, 1974|
|Genres||Alternative rock, Psychedelic|
|Associated acts||Live, Unified Theory, Blind Melon, Imaginary Heroes, Celia Green , August Annd, Luma, Chris Shinn Project, Move as a Verb, Ouroboros, The Sound I Saw, Everything Is Energy|
Chris Shinn is an American singer-songwriter and musician. In March 2012 he joined the band Live as replacement for Ed Kowalczyk. He was previously the lead singer of the band Unified Theory. He is the son of former New Orleans Hornets owner, George Shinn.
Unified Theory began to form in early 1998. After the initial idea to continue Blind Melon with a new lead vocalist did not work out, Smith and Thorn decided to start a new band. Thorn discovered Shinn on a scouting mission in Los Angeles.
"Chris has an exceptional voice. I was blown away," says Thorn, "You have to like people you're working with. We wanted someone with personality and a voice. He's a fun guy and I was completely floored by his songs."
Unified Theory was originally called Luma, they issued a four-track CD through their website in 1999. After they were signed to Universal Records later that year, they changed their name to Unified Theory after the theory Albert Einstein was working on when he died.
Debut and demise
In August 2000 the band issued their self-titled debut album. While working on tracks for a second album, delays set the band back, and Krusen grew somewhat frustrated and left, leading to Unified Theory's eventual breakup.
Brief Reformation & Reunion Show
The band have since announced plans to release a new album consisting of the recorded material for the second album (some of which has never been heard) as well as songs from the Luma period. No timetable has been set for this release. Unified Theory has recently filmed a music video for the song "15 Hits", a song set to be released on their upcoming album. The group played a reunion show on August 4, 2010 at the King King in Hollywood.
In November 2008, Blind Melon announced Shinn would replace Travis Warren as lead vocalist for the tour, but then decided to cancel their tour, stating that Shinn did not have enough time to prepare for the tour with only two days notice. On November 11, 2008, Blind Melon announced on their MySpace page that they were currently engaged in a search for a new vocalist. It is unknown whether Shinn is a contender for the permanent position as lead singer for Blind Melon at present.
He played the band's dress rehearsal show to a hometown crowd at the Strand-Capitol Theater in York, PA, on March 12th 2012. Sean Hennesy also joined the lineup as a replacement guitarist for Adam Kowalczyk.
|Chris Shinn||Chris Shinn||Studio||2012|
|Everything Is Energy||Everything Is Energy||Studio||The Nest Records||July 12, 2007|
|Cinematic||Unified Theory||Compilation||Universal Records, Wishbone Recordings||Jan 1, 2007|
|Unified Theory||Unified Theory||Studio||Universal Records||August 15, 2000|
- "Live's new lead singer is Chris Shinn, formerly of Unified Theory" York Daily Record - March 12, 2012