Growing up, music was always a prominent part of Chris Cassaday's life. Whether it be singing in the back seat of his mom's car, or watching his dad play the drums, Chris was hooked on music at an early age. And after receiving his first guitar at age 14, Chris slowly honed his songwriting skills over the next few years, playing in various bands and as a solo act throughout high school and college.
After graduating from James Madison University in 2014, Chris independently released his first professionally recorded album "The Savannah Sessions" on all digital outlets (iTunes, spotify, etc.) on May 25th, 2015. The album received widespread support and great reviews on all digital outlets. The album was mixed and produced by Ted Bowne, one of Chris's greatest influences and the lead singer of the award winning rock-reggae band Passafire. “The Savannah Sessions” is available on iTunes, Spotify, Napster, Google Play, and youtube.
Chris's original song "My Oh My" off of the album was sought out by Sirius XM radio and is now being played regularly on Sirius XM's the Coffee House (Channel 14). Chris also performed a 5-song live session for Sirius XM in September 2015 that was featured on the Coffee House as well. "My Oh My" was also given an honorable mention at the 27th Rocky Mountain Folk Festival in Lyons, Colorado on August 18, 2017.
After two years of extensive live performances all over the country, Chris independently released his next studio effort "Stranger Places" on April 10th, 2017 on all digital music outlets. The sophomore album was also produced and mixed by Ted Bowne from Passafire, and response to the release has been extremely positive, exposing Chris to a larger, more diverse audience.
Chris has performed at hundreds of different venues in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New York, Florida, Hawaii and even Ireland. In the past year alone, Chris has played over 100 shows at some of the best venues the Washington DC area has to offer, including but not limited to: Gypsy Sally's, Pearl Street Warehouse, Rock & Roll Hotel, Hill Country Live, Union Stage, Songbyrd Cafe, Jammin' Java, and The Bullpen at National's Park.
Chris has been featured as a guest on many music-centered radio programs, most recently being featured on "Voices From The DMV", and "DC Music Rocks", two radio shows airing on 96.7 FM in Arlington and the Washington DC area. Chris was also interviewed and performed on CBS radio's "Weekend Round-Up" podcast. The performance/interview aired on 7 different CBS radio stations around the country.
During his solo live performances, Chris includes the use of a looper pedal and other interesting effects, giving his solo performances a one-man-band type of appeal and the ability to keep large crowds entertained and dancing.
In the summer of 2017, Chris co-founded a funk-blues-rock fusion three-piece band called The Cassaday Concoction. The band consists of local Washington DC music scene veterans Sean Dunnevant (bassist, Dale & The Zdubs) and Miles Lieder (drummer, Dale and The Zdubs). Each member's eclectic mix of musical backgrounds gives the band's sound a unique and powerful edge, luring the audience in with catchy harmonies, hard-punching rock and roll, and classic crowd-favorite covers. The band has performed at all of the prominent venues around the DC area in the short time since forming, including two sold out stints at the famous Pearl Street Warehouse. They have proven quickly that they are a must see live act in the Washington DC music scene. They released a live EP "The Cassaday Concoction (Live At Groove Studios)" on January 12th, 2018, and on March 15th, 2019, the band released a 3-song-EP "Hear, Listen" to great reviews from old fans and new fans alike.
Chris's unique blend of blues, rock, folk and funk, his crafty songwriting style, his unpredictable set lists, and his thunderous, distinctive voice have gathered him a significant following around his hometown and other parts of the country. He continues to play all up and down the east coast, and looks forward to eventually travelling across the country to share his music with the masses.
Chris's newest EP "Hear, Listen" is available everywhere now!