Chris Good is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and community organizer. Drawing inspiration from a diversity of musical traditions, Good mixes an eclectic sound full of positivity and spirit-filled energy with poignant, humorous and engaging lyrics. Based in Ann Arbor, MI, where he lives with his wonderful partner, Heidi, and 7 year old daughter, Chris loves to spend time in the home garden growing veggies and exploring the many beautiful lakes, woods, and wilderness areas of Michigan.
In early 2022, Chris launched HOOPTONES, a podcast that explores his passions of basketball, music, and social justice. The first 3 episodes of the podcast feature in-depth conversations with dear friend and Earthwork Music and Title Track collaborator, Seth Bernard, as he pairs NBA legends with songs from his recent release, "My Heart is My Home." More episodes are in the works...stay tuned!
In 2020, Chris founded and was part of the team that launched the Sing Me Home Festival, based in his hometown of North Manchester, IN, whose mission is: An intergenerational cultural celebration emerging at the crossroads of music, social justice, and spirituality. Serving to restore and inspire the heart, mind, and soul. In the original proposal for the festival, plans were made to begin booking talent and launching pre-ticket sales as we headed towards our inaugural festival in October 2020. As the COVID-19 crisis firmly took hold across the United States in the early weeks of March 2020, we were inspired to completely reorient this timeline and create an experience unlike anything that we could've imagined even just a couple weeks before by offering an online festival in Spring 2020 that featured more than 35 dynamic musical acts and inspiring speakers. Sing Me Home is currently in the midst of their first season of in-person programming with the Sing Me Home Fall Festival scheduled for October 8. Chris serves as the co-coordinator of Sing Me Home along with his longtime collaborator and Friends with the Weather bandmate, Seth Hendricks.
A longtime community organizer and activist, Chris is part of the team that launched the Michigan-based nonprofit organization Title Track on Earth Day 2019, who's mission is engaging creative practice to build resilient social-ecological systems that support clean water, racial equity, and youth empowerment. Chris serves as communications director for Title Track and its program the Clean Water Campaign for MI. Chris also serves on the facilitator team of Title Track's program, Understanding Racial Justice, an intro course for white folks interested in deepening their knowledge and commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression.
In 2016, Chris launched the project, Friends with the Weather, with longtime collaborators Seth Hendricks and David Hupp. Friends with the Weather released its debut album in September 2016 as part of the Earthwork Music Collective. Chris also occasionally performs as a solo artist as well as with his ever rotating cast of Ann Arbor based bandmates under the name Chris Good & The Sweet Insurrection.
In fall 2012, Chris celebrated the release of his debut solo album, Beautiful, which features an all-star band of many of Michigan's finest musicians including members of the Macpodz and Ragbirds as well as indie luminaries Theo Katzman and Matt Jones. The album also features some of his bandmates from Mutual Kumquat, his soul-folk-pop band of 18 years, which released 6 self-produced albums and performed across the country culminating in a July 2018 finale concert.
In late 2013, Chris celebrated the release of "Buy Local" a community supported single & music video project that he spearheaded and is a collaboration of 14 Ann Arbor area musicians and more than 40 local businesses & organizations. the project gained both local, regional, and national buzz from media and organizations involved in the 'Buy Local' movement.
Good kicked off 2015 with the music video release of "For the Ancestors." A longtime favorite song, the video features footage from a concert at Song & Story Festival 2013 as well as many images contributed by friends and fans honoring their ancestors. In March 2015, Chris released the music video for his song, "Beautiful," featuring a live performance from The Sweet Insurrection in a kale bed, dynamic animation and artwork from Grace Rother & Chelsea Jordan, as well as many images of local residents celebrating the message of the song..."you can be anything. you can love anyone. you are beautiful!"
Chris is also the co-writer (along with his longtime writing partner Seth Hendricks) of the song "Was it You." The song, which was recorded by the Boston-based new-acoustic/bluegrass group Joy Kills Sorrow on their 2013 EP Wide Awake, has garnered critical praise and was included on NPR Music and Folk Alley's best songs of 2013 lists.