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CHOPSHOP Edition feat. Cole DeGenova

  • Sounds About Write 9140 South Baltimore Avenue Chicago, IL, 60617 United States (map)

Come chop it up with keyboardist, singer, songwriter Cole DeGenova as he talks about the ups and downs of being an artist and what's involved in his hustle.   Be sure to check out his show dates!


Somewhere between a soul pop concert, South Side jazz club, slam poetry reading, and punk rock dive bar, lives the music of Cole DeGenova...As pianist, vocalist, and songwriter Cole DeGenova has spent most of his life crafting his eclectic artistic voice. Born in Chicago and growing up in a family of musicians and artists, DeGenova began playing piano at age four and spent his childhood studying classical piano, the jazz and blues of his hometown, and the pop music of The Beatles and Stevie Wonder. By age 15 he was playing professionally in jazz and blues clubs on Chicago’s South Side. His prodigious talents led him to study at Berklee College of Music in 2005 where he trained further with jazz piano great Danilo Perez.

After forming his funky alternative soul group Cole DeGenova & The Peoples Republic with fellow Berklee students, they released their first album JUST PEOPLE AGAIN in 2009. Three years later, and after thousands of miles of road covered, he released his second album, ANOTHER COUNTRY, summer of 2012; an inspired culmination of lessons learned on the road, soulful melodies, and the infectious grooves of his band.

A troubadour in the truest sense, Cole has performed across the US, Europe, and South America. He has worked with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Gallant, Brett Dennen, Chance the Rapper, Latin Grammy winner Lucky Diaz, James Carter, Meshell N'Degeocello, Paula Cole, producer Eddie Kramer, Hey Champ, Matthew Santos, The Revivalists, as well as Chicago funk group The Heard and experimental jazz trio Hanging Hearts. Now based in Chicago and Los Angeles, he is also an in-demand studio keyboard player. His new collection of music THE RADIO HERO MIXTAPE was released spring 2015.

Along with performing, Cole is also a co-founder and organizer for the Chicago based artist collective The Gala. His song "Hollywood Girl" was also chosen as a Finalist in the 2015 American Songwriting Awards.