Gravely James AKA “Chris Madronich” is a Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist and wild child born from the steel city of Hamilton and raised on the bays of Port Colborne. His early years in music started as a serious trumpet player performing for many jazz bands in Niagara that would evolve into projects rooted in blues, soul, and rock and roll. After a decade of self-taught guitar combined with the theoretical ear of a trumpet player, Chris has developed into a songwriter and a fearless performer known in Niagara for his energetic persona – Gravely James. Gravely James’ performances are notorious for breaking strings, hard-stomping feet, and aggressive riffs and licks played through a worn-out acoustic guitar that refuses to die. Chris’s style of writing is inspired by themes of travel, dreams, people watching and will almost always have an underlying element of American
Gravely James has recently been awarded “Blues Artist of the Year” by the Niagara Music Awards, was a finalist in the Toronto Blues Society’s “Talent Search” and was a finalist in the nation-wide “Canadian Songwriting Competition” for the Jazz/Soul category. Chris has opened for acts including Jack De Keyzer and Elton Lammie.
The Saga of a Lost Guitar
The Full Story of a Mystical Axe that Keeps Coming Back