Producer Chris Sholar is one of the most in-demand guitar players in the world of Hip-hop and R&B. He has worked with the top names in the music industry ranging from Kanye West to Stevie Wonder.
In 2001 he graduated William Paterson University with a B.A. degree in music. Later that year he began touring with Q-tip (A Tribe Called Quest) as guitarist and musical director.
"Playing for Q-tip was like earning my degree in Hip Hop Music".
As a young budding musician Chris caught the attention of legendary music producer Jus Blaze. Working with Jus gave Chris the opportunity to write, produce and record for major artists such as Ne-Yo, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg. Soon after Chris produced European international artists Max Herre and Joy Denalane. Max's album debuted #1 on the billboard charts.
From 2007-2009 Chris travelled the world touring and recording with various artist including Beyonce, Ne-Yo, Q-tip, Raphael Saadiq , Whitney Houston, Anthony Hamilton, D'angelo, Joe, Amerie, Joy Denalane, Max Herre.
2010-2011 Sholar scored and produced multiple songs/themes for TV Networks and Motion Picture Films. His resume includes BET, VH1, MTV, Centric and Spike TV.
New Balance and Dodge Dart commercial campaigns. His music is also featured in films such as "Safe House" starring Denzel Washington, "The Great Gatsby" starring Leonardo Dicaprio.
2012 - Sholar worked on Jay-Z/ Kanye West album "Watch the Throne" which debuted #1 on the Billboard 100. Within months the album went platinum. Sholar's guitar work on "No Church in The Wild" helped earn the song a grammy nomination.
2013 - Grammy Award Winner for "Best Rap Sung Collaboration" - No Church in the Wild.
2014 - Guitarist on John Legend's album "Love in the future". The album is certified Gold. Guitarist on Mariah Carey's album "Me I am Mariah".
Co-writer/producer for music jingles used on ESPN and Sports Center.
2015 - Session Guitarist for Jazmine Sullivan, Gregory Porter, Lalah Hathaway, Mary J Blige, Common, Alice Smith, Grace. "Nina Simone Revisted" Album.
Live Performances with artist T.I , Estelle, Ledisi, Jazmine Sullivan, Robert Glasper.
2016 - Co-Writer/Guitarist on A Tribe Called Quest critically acclaimed album "We Got it from Here…Thank you 4 Your service. The album Debuted #1 on Billboard 200. It's the groups first No.1 album in more than 20 years. This album is certified Gold.
Chris also produced critically acclaimed Jazz-Indie album "Work songs" by Jaimeo Brown Transcendence. The album received rave reviews from The Wallstreet Journal, Vice, Downbeat, Billboard and RollingStone Magazine.
2017 - Guitarist on Solange's critically acclaimed album "With a seat at the Table". This album was her first No.1 on the Billboard chart. She won 2017 Grammy award for Best R&B Performance.
• Chris is Featured in "Rock 'n' Roll Guns For Hire: The Story of the Sideman". This Documentary film shines a spotlight on the untold story of the musicians behind some of the greatest artist of all time (Prince, Bowie, Rolling Stones Etc.) Directed and Produced by Francis Whately
• Guest Facilitator/Teacher at Carnegie Hall (Future Music Project). Performances at Carnegie Hall with Flea, Talib Kweli, Joan Baez and Patti Smith (Pathway to Paris Concert)
• Chris endorses D'addario strings and Planet Wave products. He is currently the face of D'addario's "NYXL Commit" Campaign along with fellow guitarist Niles Rodgers and Tosin Abasi.
2018 - Chris received Artist endorsements from top guitar companies Strymon, Seymour Duncan and Truetone.
Performed at the Essence Festival with Queen Latifah and Brandy.
2019 - Chris performed at the NFL Super Bowl Gala event with
Leslie Odum Jr. (Hamilton)
Artist Endorsement from Jam Pedals (Athens Greece)
A list of artists that Chris Sholar has worked with: Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Jack White, Solange, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, T.I, Anderson .Paak, Frank Ocean, Leslie Odum Jr, Snoop Dogg, Q-Tip, Stevie Wonder, Jazmine Sullivan, Ne-Yo, Whitney Houston, Robert Glasper, D'angelo, John Legend, Common, Raphael Saadiq, Mary J Blige, Lalah Hathaway, Gregory Porter, Anthony Hamilton, Grace, Aaradhna, Alice Smith,The Dream, Busta Rhymes, Mos Def, Jus Blaze, Rodney Jerkins, Dr. Dre, Fonzworth Bently, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah