The other four finalists were: Cory Brammer of Lynchburg, Virginia; Nori Bucci of Niagara Falls, New York; Jack Civiletto of Buffalo, New York; and Jason Miller of Los Angeles, California.
Panels of music educators, musicians and industry representatives selected the five finalists in May from over 100 entries. To be eligible, entrants could not have (now or in the past) a contract with a major record label.
CHRIS McHARDY BIOGRAPHY
Chris McHardy, the 2002 North American Rock Guitar Champion, has been involved in the music business for over 25 years. At the age of seven, he picked up his first stringed instrument, a hybrid of the American Banjo and the traditional Hawaiian Ukulele. With Banjo Ukulele in hand, he was soon jamming in the basement with his father's Bluegrass and Country bands, instilling in him a deep appreciation for Roots Music that can be heard in his playing today.
This early musical exposure also showed Chris that he possessed a keen ear for rhythm and melody. He started composing his own songs while still a pre-teen, and by the time he finished high school he was working full-time as a Guitar Player/Song Writer. He started out performing at local area clubs with a number of Rockabilly and Country Bands and progressed to playing arenas and showcase venues throughout the United States and Canada, performing everything from Top 40 Rock & Roll to Classic Blues.
In the late 1980's, Chris moved to Toronto to continue his musical career. He played with several local Blues and R&B bands while hosting acoustic jams and guitar workshops. He also wrote and recorded an instrumental CD of original Jazz-Fusion songs.
In 1994, Chris decided to go to Europe to promote his CD. He toured France and the Benelux countries, performing his original music along with popular Blues/Rock covers for enthusiastic audiences. He sold out numerous concert venues, and appeared in several Summer festivals, quickly becoming a favored Guitarist with Western European music fans.
Chris is very excited about being the 2002 North American Rock Guitar Champion, and eagerly looks forward to performing for Rock & Roll fans across Canada and the United States in the coming year.