Hallelujah - Live
All Through the Night
O Holy Night
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Ask any classical vocal artist or big band singer you happen to see, and they will tell you it takes certain kind of guts and gumption to step out in front of the freight train that is a symphony orchestra or sizable jazz organization — to take the helm of a precision music machine whose hundreds of man hours of rehearsal and preparation now hinge upon that solitary figure at center stage.
Sounds pretty scary - but for Chris Pinnella it’s the stuff of natural habitat; an environment that the versatile vocalist has thrived in, whether performing with symphony orchestra around the country, leading his own combos of anywhere from 8 to 15 players, or (for several tours of North America and Europe) lending his finely honed skills to the prog-rock / crossover locomotive known as Trans-Siberian Orchestra. That association with the late Paul O’Neil’s spectacularly scaled project netted the NJ native a platinum record for his contributions to ‘The Lost Christmas Eve’ tour, and a chance to perform for an audience of over a million people, during a particularly raucous New Year’s Eve in Berlin. In the process the seasoned young performer - a singer whose influences run from the epic arias of Pavarotti, to the elegant jazz phrasing’s of Tony Bennett and the next generation concert hall mastery of Boccelli and Groban - built his brand as a bandleader through gigs at venues that range from big-city nightspots like The Rainbow Room, Feinstein’s/54 Below, and Birdland to regional theatre.