The summer of 2008 was one I will never forget. Not because of the friends I made or the lasting memories but because that summer a star was born. He was actually born in December of 1989, but 2008 was the first time I got to hear him play. I watched my friend Chris Bandi play guitar and sing a cover of “Crash” by Dave Matthews Band. I could not believe my ears. Sure, I had heard good, even great, music before but this was way beyond both. I sat in our friend’s basement after that listening to Bandi play song after song showing more talent each night. It turns out I wasn’t the only person who saw it.
Bandi tried out for American Idol during the summer of 2011 and impressed the judges while singing “Walking in Memphis” which won him a golden ticket and sent him on his way to Hollywood. Some might call this a dream come true, but it does not surprise me. Bandi was born singing. He sang publicly for the first time at four-years-old dressed up as Elvis on Halloween.
If you are fortunate enough to catch a show, you will hear southern rock/country music that is all played acoustically. Chris plays lots of covers from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Nelly to Lady Gaga as well as his own songs. To get a taste of his talent, you can visit his Facebook or MySpace page.
In 5 years from now, Bandi hopes to be opening for big names on national tours and headlining his own smaller tours around the country. With a voice like Bandi’s it is hard to say that toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake and a city that follows baseball as their religion is all that has come out of St. Louis. I see an aspiring star– one that still owes me his autograph.