Biography - Chris Cofoni

Chris Cofoni


...was born in June 27, 1976 in Westerly Rhode Island and had no musical talent in his family whatsoever.  After moving several times to St. Louis and San Diego he found his way back to the east coast where he went to highschool at Stonington High School.  At Stonigton Cofoni sang in chorus, was the lead in many musicials and went to both All State, All New England and was 1 of 8 people in the state of CT selected to sing in a National choir. In high school he studied with Mary Langdon (former NY City Opera singer).  He learned to sing in Italian, French, German, Russian, Latin and Spanish.  He also learned madrigal, classical, Jazz, and popular styles of music before attending Hartt School of Music in the fall of 1994.

 

Cofoni was awarded a full talent scholarship for a doule major in vocal performance and music management.  He studied his junior year in Mannheim Germany learning German and traveled Europe.  He sang professionally in Baden-Baden Germany and returned to Hartford in 1997.  He sang professionally in Catholic churches as a cantor and also played venues up and down the east coast playing original music mainly acoustic.  After graduating he released "Born Backwards" and took a job at EMI in NYC working in the Jazz and Classical department helping in a variety of functions.  Eventually Cofoni found himself handling all recording details, busgeting and implenmentation for Angel, Blue Note and Manhattan Records where he worked with both Bruce Lundvall and Arif Mardin.  He was in the right spot at the right time and was lucky enough to work on Norah Jones' first two albums.  (Look him up on www.allmusic.com for a list of artists he worked with)

 

Cofoni later left EMI and worked in sales for Music Minus One and eventually Melissa and Doug (toy and puzzle company).  He continues to perform acoustic in CT and NYC and sings weekly in church.  He frequents open mic nights all over CT.  Cofoni has written over 70 songs and recorded 55.  He has also produced/executive produced songs with Omar Wilson, Ari Scott and Hello Darling.  Cofoni met Hello Darling during his time teaching at Hartt School of Music while in the midst of a class project he worked with the class to find the band, record the band, make a video, launch the band and set up a showcase in NYC for major labels.  Cofoni was also a published writter for the Inside Music Connection magazine (find the link for articles written).