GenresRock, Soul, Pop, R&B Riot grrrl More...
LocationDes Moines IA United States
Sounds LikeQueen, Randy Newman, Elton John, Billy Joel
LabelMaximum Ames Records
Digital Locationhttp://www.christophertheconquered.com musicpage.com/christophertheconquered
HistoryMember since: 10/19/2014 Year Founded: 2007
- Original material: 03 hrs : 00 min
- Cover material: 01 hrs : 30 min
- CDs released: 3
- CDs sold: 1500
- Digital songs sold: 400
- Original Songs: 40
- Average Draw: 70
- Largest crowd: 200
- Have sound: Full PA
- Licensed songs: 0
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I am Christopher the Conquered. I am a songwriter, recording artist, singer, performer, and pianist. I partner with my instruments and other musicians to tell stories through song that carry myself and my audience together to a place of reflection, where we can see who we are individually and how we fit together as a whole. My approach is directness, humor, and satire. Musically, I utilize rock and roll, informed by the American Songbook Tradition, jazz, and the blues to create soulful pop songs. Every word I sing comes from a place of love.
Some of my favorite songwriters are Randy Newman, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), Jonathan Richman, and John Grant.
Des Moines, Iowa's Christopher the Conquered (Christopher Ford) has been sitting behind the keys and saying what he can say since he released his debut album I Guess That's What We're Dying For… in 2007. In 2008, Christopher sat in on drums with The Poison Control Center for a national tour supporting The Apples In Stereo; when they got home, he and Patrick Tape Fleming (of The PCC and Gloom Balloon) went to work on a follow-up album, You're Gonna Glow In The Dark, which found a lot of love, with popdose.com writing "...let it come pouring through your speakers, and you’ll experience one of the most enjoyably off-kilter albums of indie rock you’re likely to find this year…". It led to The Conquered growing from a one man band to a 9 piece pop-soul outfit.
Christopher the Conquered & His Black Gold Brass Band went on to tour the country with Leslie & the LY's and play hundreds of shows, along with recording a couple of Daytrotter sessions. All that culminated in 2012's "The Fate of a Good Man", Christopher's most sincere effort by far. In addition to its music videos being featured on Magnet Magazine's website and Consequence of Sound, the album received stacks of thumbs-up reviews (see Press).
Following the release of Fate, Christopher went on to work on a variety of musical projects, contributing original instrumental music to the production of the Des Moines Social Club’s original play ‘MethLab’, which the Des Moines Register called “absorbing” and “effective drama”. His song “Treasure Catcher” was used in the filmTurtle Hill: Brooklyn, which received thumbs up reviews from a variety of critics, including Village Voice.
Now, Ford is back to where he started to share his songs in their purest form, the way they were written: one voice and eighty-eight keys. And his efforts haven't gone unnoticed. His solo sets have impacted thousands of people with their intimacy and grace: The Lincoln Journal-Star noted his as the best performance at Lincoln Calling Fest 2012.
Christopher the Conquered continues to perform regularly with a rhythm section and various arrangements of His Black Gold Brass Band, in addition to solo piano shows. See upcoming tour dates here.
Watch lots of Christopher the Conquered videos.
Christopher the Conquered’s The Fate of a Good Man is available from Maximum Ames Records.
Christopher the Conquered is Christopher Ford plus an ever-evolving team of most excellent musicians. The following contribute or have contributed to Christopher’s mission:
Drew Selim, Dan Kreipke, Kyle Gowin, Devin van Holsteijn, Nate Logsdon, Derek Lambert, Brian Stout, Dustin Harmsen, Patrick Tape Fleming, Hannah Marks, Brandon Ruschill, Kate Kennedy, Donny Peterson, and C.J. Howard, and Caleb Swank.
Avalan Wilson, Jerrod Jordahl, Alli Arnold, Darren Williams, Patrick & Ashley Tape Fleming, Josh Becker, Hillary Nelson, and Jon Pearson have provided beautiful visual accompaniment in various forms.
Paste MagazineAugust 12, 2014
"His winning charm is subtle and earnestness; if he has to sing a downbeat ballad rife with wary words straight from the heart, he’s going to do it. But if his piano solos are unconventional and his ponderous lyrics seem coy, it’s often downplayed into the decorous blend of instrumentation."
DaytrotterAugust 17, 2012
“One of Iowa’s most promising exports.”
Music DefinedApril 02, 2012
"[Ford is] never afraid to speak his mind or turn something on it’s head. Writing from the heart is always the best way to go, and on this album Ford does that in spades."