Bio/Press

BIO:

Spawning from San Diego’s premier singer/songwriter venue Java Joe’s with the likes of Jewel and Jason Mraz and described as McCartney & John Mayer meet Neil Young & Ryan Adams at a Jimmy Buffett concert, Christopher Dale mixes his many influences together to form one uniquely catchy artist. Whether he’s performing solo or with his back up band, Dale intoxicates listeners with his honesty, heart and sheer energy. Coupled with a fiery stage presence and his trademark banter, each Christopher Dale live performance creates a lifetime memory.

Before launching his solo career under the moniker of Scorch, Dale fronted the San Diego rock band Grays Well, a two-time San Diego Music Award nominee for Best Rock Group. In spite of the band’s success, in 1999, he departed in pursuit of greater musical diversity. He would go on to incorporate the many styles of music that had influenced him at such a young age into his first solo album “Pop With A Twist,” which was released in March of 2001. “Pop With A Twist” earned Scorch a SDMA nomination for Best Pop Album later that year. He received another nomination in 2002 for Best Acoustic. As a performer at the 2001 Suzuki Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, he was featured by both ESPN and NBC in their broadcasts of the event.

Leaving the ashes of Scorch behind in 2004, Christopher Dale went on to release “Pick Me Up” & the self-titled “Christopher Dale” (2005), each adding another SDMA nomination to his resume. As a result of consistent critical acclaim and a constant performance schedule, Mr. Dale was approached by a San Diego-based ad agency to sing in radio commercials for such companies as Ikea, Sparklett’s, Nissan and Henry’s Market Place.

C. Dale’s side-project collaboration with San Diego power pop, alternative rock favorites “Momma”, added yet another genre to the repertoire of one of music’s most diverse artists, as well as a 2007 San Diego Music Award nomination for “Best Recording”, with the summer CD release of the self-titled SUPERDOO.

After a 3-year recording hiatus, Chris was back in the studio. Reuniting with Dan De La Isla, producer/engineer of his first two efforts as Scorch nearly a decade earlier, this would be Dale’s first time recording with his current band mates of the last 5 years. The musical chemistry and natural born harmonies proved a celebrated match for the batch of songs that would become the CD release “songs i know the words to” as demonstrated by a nomination for “Best Pop Album” at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards.

2013 showed no signs of slowing down C. Dale, as his friends call him. With a heavy performance schedule, new batch of songs & recording sessions set for the Fall, he quickly acknowledged the honor of his 10th career San Diego Music Awards nomination, with a nod for “Best Singer/Songwriter”, then it was back to the business of music.

In the fall of 2014, Dale released a limited edition EP, “Middle Of Nowhere” and continued to tour through the mid-west, east coast and Mexico.

2015 bestowed a SDMA nomination for “Best Singer/Songwriter” as it became a year of collaborations for Christopher Dale. Recording projects with world-class, finger-style guitarist Jim Earp, 2-time SD Music Awards winner, violinist Elise Ohki, and young Austin guitar phenom Jackie Venson, have assured that there will be plenty of new music and touring yet to come, as 2016 continues to unfold.

Chris maintains his ties to San Diego as he tours nationally. Realizing the important role music played in his own childhood, Dale strives to reach local children and share with them the same gift. When he’s not on the road, he periodically visits local elementary schools to play his acoustic guitar and sing in the classroom. The desire to help kids and to support his community also keeps him involved with various charitable events, most of which benefit The Storefront, a San Diego Youth and Community Services outreach program that serves as an emergency homeless shelter for 12 – 17 year old youths.

With respect to such honors as singing the National Anthem for the Independence Day celebration at Dodger Stadium, performing at the American Music Awards after-party and garnering 11 career San Diego Music Award nominations, it is Dale’s lasting connection with the audience that best defines him as an artist. One female fan from Ohio went as far as riding a unicycle two miles, in rush hour traffic, to the station of the #1 morning radio show and hijacked an hour of live airtime plugging the music of her favorite singer/songwriter. Watch out for the Unicycle Radio Promotional Tour coming to a city near YOU!

PRESS:

SD Troubadour
“Christopher Dale Trio treats audiences to pop and Americana
inspired songs, all with tight CSN style harmonies.”
– Paul Hormick

Christopher Dale – “Christopher Dale”
UNM Daily Lobo
“With a voice that is part honey, part milk, and part bourbon, Christopher Dale croons an upbeat, up-tempo montage that will get even the stodgiest of toes tapping. This collection of songs will mix you up like a tilt-a-whirl, twist you and spin you and seven-deadly-sins you, until it the ride is over and it releases you, giddy and gasping for breath, ready to take on life with a whole new perspective.”
-Tawni Waters

Christopher Dale – “Pick Me Up”
Esquire Magazine
“Christopher Dale is infectious and virtuoso. He rocks, he croons, he blows bubbles, he opens a vein and lets it bleed! Buy this CD!” – Mike Sager

Scorch (aka Christopher Dale) – “Pop With A Twist”
San Diego Union Tribune
“Well sung, marvelously played acoustic-based Pop/Rock. Rock music doesn’t come much more radio friendly.” -Bart Mendoza

Scorch (aka Christopher Dale) – “Pop With A Twist”
Slamm Magazine
“Christopher Dale writes convincing lyrics that are then sung in one of music’s most beautiful voices. This man’s got acoustic soul.” – Caley Cook

Scorch (aka Christopher Dale)
Tonos.com
“A powerfully hypnotic vocalist with a penchant for irresistible hooks and melodies.

Superdoo – “Superdoo”
Chord Magazine
“Superdoo wraps the harmonies & wit of Weezer with Blink 182 playfulness, around a sticky, heavy pop ala Green Day center. One taste and you‘re hooked!”

Superdoo – “Superdoo”
North County Times
In “Hilary,” Christopher Dale may have contributed the song of the year from San Diego. Surely, in “MySpace Friend” he released the funniest pop song. Just a solid, top-to-bottom power-pop album, the equal of anything the major labels sent my way these past 12 months.
– Jim Trageser