Get in the spirit with Chris Godber

Chris Godber
Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 06:05 PM.

PANAMA CITY — When smooth jazz recording artist Chris Godber isn’t playing sax at special events and concerts, you can find him in his Callaway studio working on his upcoming album.

“I’m working on a Christmas project for next year,” Chris said on a recent Thursday at Starbucks. “I started in July, but just couldn’t get into the Christmas spirit, so I’m using the spirit from this year for next year.”

You might have heard him around town at the Boatyard, Firefly, Purple Grape or even at the Festival of Trees.

I saw him playing his heart out on his saxophone at Holly Fair in November, when he previewed a few of his Christmas classics. Chris performs throughout the Southeast, including at weddings, where he and his wife, Maureen, a photographer, combine their talents.

His latest album, “My Offering,” is his fourth album to receive rave reviews, including from Scott O’Brien of, who wrote, “If you’ve ever wondered what Kenny G would sound like if he kicked it up a notch, then you need to listen to this guy play.”

Just like Kenny G, Chris also plays the soprano sax, “the hardest to play,” he said.

But he likes a good challenge.

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