Teenager is one of top undis­cov­ered tal­ents

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

A TEENAGE stu­dent from Peter­bor­ough has been cho­sen as one of the top undis­cov­ered gui­tarists in the world.

Chris Robin­son (17) was given the ac­co­lade by ac­claimed in­ter­na­tional mu­sic pro­ducer and pho­tog­ra­pher Robert Knight who, in part­ner­ship with lead­ing gui­tar man­u­fac­turer Fen­der, flew around the world look­ing for new tal­ent.

Mr Knight is cre­at­ing a plat­form to pro­mote young artists and is cur­rently search­ing the globe to find 23 of the best as yet undis­cov­ered gui­tarists.

He came across Chris by viewing clips that the Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Col­lege stu­dent had up­loaded on to the web­site Youtube.

Af­ter fly­ing to the UK to meet Chris, he filmed footage of the young­ster play­ing, which will soon be up­loaded to a new web­site and will hope­fully act as a spring­board for the young­ster’s mu­si­cal ca­reer.

Chris said: “I was in­cred­i­bly proud and ex­cited when I heard from Robert Knight.

“He has worked with and cap­tured in­cred­i­ble images of so many of my idols.

“Robert flew in from Ve­gas ear­lier this year to meet me at the John Henry’s Stu­dios in London.

“He in­ter­viewed me and filmed lots of footage of me play­ing; Robert is launch­ing this footage of me along with the other cho­sen gui­tarists, to a new site called www.broth­er­hood­ofthe­gui­tar.com.

“I would like to thank Robert Knight, Gui­tar Cen­tre and Fen­der for help­ing me, it’s a fan­tas­tic plat­form for my ca­reer.”

Chris has had an in­ter­est in mu­sic from a very young age and in par­tic­u­lar gui­tars.

His idols in­clude Jimi Hen­drix, Ste­vie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer, Joe Bona­massa and Eric Clap­ton to name just a few.

His pas­sion for play­ing blues and rock and roll on the gui­tar was ce­mented when he was 11 years old and he saw his first live footage of Ste­vie Ray Vaughan.

While other chil­dren his age were out play­ing sports or other games, Chris would be found prac­tis­ing for hours on end.

Chris is study­ing on the BTEC Na­tional in Mu­sic at Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Col­lege, a prac­ti­cal two-year qual­i­fi­ca­tion pop­u­lar among young mu­si­cians.

He aims to head off to univer­sity af­ter­wards while pur­su­ing his ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional gui­tarist.

To view footage of Chris play­ing the gui­tar visit w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m / u s e r / rob33cin­ema.

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