Chris Botti’s earliest musical influence was his mother, a classically trained pianist and part-time piano teacher. Botti left Indiana University during his senior year for short touring stints with Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich. In 1985, he moved to New York City to hone his craft as a studio musician.
In 1990, he began a decade long touring and recording relationship with Paul Simon which broadened his exposure to other singers. During that period, he also performed/recorded with Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, Scritti Politti, Roger Daltrey and others.
In a fairly recent interview Botti attributes much of his by product of success with connecting with award winning singer Sting. In an interview he confesses to living on the road for the past 10 years with no home address, no mailbox and living out one suitcase because he was married to the music.
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It payed off. In 2007, Botti was nominated for two Grammy Awards including Best Pop Instrumental Album. On December 4, 2009, he was nominated for three more Grammy Awards including Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Long Form Music Video. Three of his albums have reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard jazz albums chart.
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