Chris Koza

Singer Guitarist from Minneapolis, MN - Will travel up to 300 miles
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MEMBER SINCE 2015
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BOOKED 65 days ago

$300 - $5000 per event
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About
Chris Koza is a songwriter and performer whose work has reached audiences of all ages all across the world. His original songs have been used on network and cable television shows and feature films as well. As a solo artist and with his bands, Chris has performed alongside and toured with notable national artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, Brandi Carlile, Stephen Kellogg, The Jayhawks, James Vincent McMorrow, Andrew Bird, Tift Merritt, and numerous others.

During breaks from touring and studio work, Chris creates music for special occasions, such as weddings, celebrations, barn concerts, holiday parties, and corporate events of all scope and sizes. A student of song craft, Chris enjoys working closely with his clients to identify and learn new material in order to curate the perfect playlist for any event.

As a solo performer, Chris's style can be described as “acoustic” or "singer-songwriter" and he's even been referred to by the City Pages as a “Coffeehouse King.” But Chris doesn't dwell in just one style of music - from intimate woodsy ballads to crowd-pleasing high-energy rockers, Chris's catalog of original music and cover songs alike is varied and adventurous. One of his biggest strengths is the ability to quickly learn, adapt, and even create custom material for any occasion.

As a songwriter, Chris has written and released over a dozen album of original material. Some of Koza's influences and artists he's drawn comparisons to include: Paul Simon, Ryan Adams, Wilco, John Lennon, Rufus Wainwright, and Tom Waits. Chris Koza is an entertaining and dynamic performer who plays solo, as a duo, with his band, and other ensembles at venues and festivals across Minnesota and beyond.

If there is a song or two you're envisioning for your event and you'd like to hear how it might sound in Chris's style, please send an email inquiry and he'll be happy to create a short video snippet for you specifically, without any obligation.

For Holiday music and Sing-A-Longs, Chris prides himself on curating the perfect combination of songs from well-known favorites to hidden gems, as well as an original tucked in here and there.
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25+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2018!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2017!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!

Private Party

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Chris did a wonderful job for our private party. He is extremely professional, showed up on time and has a beautiful voice. Our guests were very impressed and he was the perfect addition to our party. We will definitely use him again.

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Chris Koza’s Response:

Kaley and Matt and everyone at the event for Moir Park were wonderfully accommodating, respectful and enthusiastic. I had a legitimately great time playing music and meeting everyone. I look forward to crossing paths again!

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Wedding

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Chris played an amazing role in creating the perfect vibes for both our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. He was accommodating for our request for instrumental songs for the ceremony, and guests raved about his vocals during the cocktail hour. Many friends and family said that he was one of the best parts of the wedding, and we strongly agree. His talent is very clear, and we highly recommend him for anyone looking to add amazing live music to their event!

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Funeral

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Chris, thank you so very much for your kind heart and patient presence at the celebration of life for my uncle. I am truly grateful to you for your patience as there were alot of unknowns about timing and set up. You’re music is incredible and it meant so much to have your beautiful singing there to comfort and provide peace to a grieving family. Truly amazing. Bless you! Thank you again. Forever grateful for your kindness, Tara

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Chris Koza’s Response:

Tara and Lisa were kind and communicative. It was a beautiful memorial and I was honored to be there with music and reverence. My sincerest condolences and best wishes to all your friends and family.

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Wedding Ceremony

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Chris was great to work with! He was prompt in all communications, and even hosted a call to let us talk through the event and what songs would work well. Each of the ceremony songs we selected were not on his list but he had no issues learning them and played them perfectly! I personally loved the music and got a lot of feedback from guests that the ceremony music was great and set the perfect tone! Our wedding was DIY in a backyard so he also provided all the AV equipment (him and officiant). We had a mic issue at the beginning, but like a pro Chris swooped in and got a fresh working mic up in no time!

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Chris Koza’s Response:

Thanks so much - I felt terrible about the mic situation but was relieved everyone was patient, understanding, and that we were all able to roll with it - and all the guests could hang on every word and revel in the beauty of the day and your thoughtful vows. It's hard to believe how amazing the backyard looked and perfect the weather and everything else was that day. It was a joy to learn your requested songs and I wish you all the best. Thanks for having me be a part of your ceremony!

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Chris Koza is very talented- I feel extremely fortunate to have had him perform at my wedding. Multiple guests at my wedding remarked what a great performer he is and I fully agree. He is a soulful artist with wonderful original songs, but he is also willing to play covers (which he plays very well). Chris is also very professional and exudes affability. I HIGHLY recommend him!!

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Chris Koza’s Response:

Sarah and Jeff are a beautiful couple and their ceremony and reception couldn't have been more picturesque. It was a lovely and inspiring environment to make music and everyone had a great time! Many Thanks!

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Wedding Ceremony

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Amazing. Very talented. Learned and played all the songs we requested and made it a beautiful ceremony. He needed no direction at all. Just knew what to do and how to do it. Could not have been happier. So glad he was part of our day!

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Chris Koza’s Response:

Jen and Dustin are a wonderful couple and the ceremony was beautiful. We didn't know whether were going to be outside or inside due to rain and they were very patient and understanding with the extra time it took to set-up while making the decision. It was a privilege to learn the special songs and thank you for inviting me to be a part of your celebration. Best wishes to you on your new adventure together! I hope to stay in touch!

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Chris was a delight to work with! He was the perfect blend of professional and warm. He has a beautiful voice, and we enjoyed both his original songs and requested oldies and covers. He was very accommodating with our group and our special requests for the evening. Chris Koza's performance made our special event very special indeed! Can't wait to hire him again!

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Chris Koza’s Response:

Almost immediately I felt like part of the family - it was a whirlwind of introductions and surprise collaborations that made for many heartfelt and off-the-cuff moments. Maya and everyone else made sure I had what I needed and was a thorough communicator leading up to the event. It was a privilege and a joy to have been invited to be a part of this celebration for such an impressive lifetime milestone, and I would be sincerely honored should I be lucky enough to find my way back for another one down the road. Many heartfelt thanks.

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Seriously amazing at every turn. It was even raining and poor guy was put there playing his tunes. He knew exactly at what moment to start and play and stop. We didnt even discuss it. Hire him because you will not be disappointed! Super nice and professional all the way. -A super happy bride.

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I would highly recommend Chris for any wedding or event. He did an absolutely amazing job. We are still getting compliments from our guests on how wonderful he was. Wedding/event planning can be stressful, however Chris was so easy to work with and helpful; working with him was a breath of fresh air! He answered any questions I had, offered advise, and even made a special trip so we could practice a song together. He truly went above and beyond to make our day great. He had a great list of songs to choose from, and learned songs that we had requested. He is very talented and we are forever grateful that we had him play at our ceremony! He truly made it more special!

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Chris Koza’s Response:

Kayla & Brendan: thank you so much for including me in your special day. The ceremony was beautiful and the setting was perfect. I learned some great new songs because of your suggestions. It was a pleasure and an honor making music! Best wishes on your journey ahead.

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Chris did an amazing job at our wedding ceremony and reception! He had great ideas and really helped with music choice and played so well! I received so many compliments about our musician and his sound! Chris thank you for being the best!

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Chris Koza’s Response:

Chelsea, it was a pleasure meeting you, Ryan, and your wonderful families. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your amazing day!

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2019
Aug
30
Wedding
Minneapolis, MN
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2019
Sep
1
Wedding
Welch, MN
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2019
Oct
4
Wedding
Minneapolis, MN
2:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2019
Oct
12
Wedding
Saint Paul, MN
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Jul
5
Resort Event
McGregor, MN
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2019
Jun
22
Wedding Ceremony
Saint Paul, MN
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Jun
19
Trade Show
Minneapolis, MN
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2019
Jun
8
Wedding Reception
Rochester, MN
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2019
May
31
Wedding Reception
Saint Paul, MN
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2019
Jan
20
Birthday Party (Adult)
Saint Paul, MN
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2018
Sep
21
Wedding
Minneapolis, MN
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2018
Aug
4
Wedding
Cottage Grove, MN
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Jun
27
Private Party
Minneapolis, MN
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2018
Jun
23
Wedding
Minneapolis, MN
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Mar
23
Funeral
Golden Valley, MN
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2018
Feb
17
Birthday Party (Adult)
Minneapolis, MN
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Helpless
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I Choose You
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Cold Is The Night
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These Arms of Mine
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Hearts on Fire
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Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
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Still Crazy After All These Years
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Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
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Such Great Heights
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I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
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You Are The Best Thing
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Come On Lets Go
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Seems Like a Long Time
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You Can't Always Get What You Want
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I Get To Love You
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Yours
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Mama Said
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Smile
Some Days
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It Ain't All Flowers
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I Went Down To The River To Pray
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I'll Fly Away
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Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
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Us The Duo
Make You Mine
Us The Duo
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Us The Duo
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Shut Up and Dance
Walk The Moon
Love Song #2
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Bust a Move
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This Will Be Our Year
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Variety Singer
Pop Acoustic Guitar
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Top 40 Acoustic Guitar
Oldies Acoustic Guitar
70's Hits Acoustic Guitar
80's Hits Acoustic Guitar
90's Hits Acoustic Guitar
60's Hits Acoustic Guitar
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Singer Guitarist
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Please note Chris Koza will also travel to Saint Paul, Arden Hills, Hopkins, Mendota, Plymouth, Bloomington, Mendota Heights, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Osseo, South Saint Paul, Wayzata, Circle Pines, Inver Grove Heights, Champlin, Burnsville, Chanhassen, Crystal Bay, Long Lake, Newport, Savage, Willernie, Excelsior, Hamel, Saint Paul Park, Dayton, Hugo.
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