A musical aura that can’t be stifled by corporate labels surrounds Columbus musician Harold “Happy” Chichester. From Rock to Punk to Folk to Funk, Chichester is a true indie guru. He’s a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter who left Columbia Records to record on the budding independent label, PopFly.
Best known as Howlin’ Maggie front man or bass player for the funky Royal Crescent Mob, Happy’s comparisons include such artists as Bjork, Tom Waits and Prince. MTV and VH1 played his songs, and the indie film Tied Up features his music, too. Things are moving along nicely, to say the least.
“I perform songs with acoustic guitar and piano (not at the same time),” says Chichester of his live performances. “I focus on my own songs, and that sometimes includes songs from Howlin' Maggie and Royal Crescent Mob, as well as plenty of new and unreleased ones. I stopped writing set lists a couple years back in order to focus more on the audience and what they might want to hear.”
When Happy’s not recording, writing or touring with Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers, Shawn Smith or New Bomb Turks, he’s in the studio or practicing. Chichester is the melodic sultan of side-projects. He’s played jazz drums for the Columbus Met and Umar Bin Hassen (the Last Poets), and he scored the short film Zoe's Day with NYC’s sexiest psychedelic folk rockers, The Pierces.
Chichester will promote his first solo CD, Lovers Come Back, with U.S., Canadian and European tours as an opener for and backup to Hip-Hop phenomenon RJD2. The tour kicks off March 9th at the Wexner Center. Don’t miss it.
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