Christian Scheller is a local Ogden musician who grew up around music in the Ogden Valley. Scheller plays the guitar, but his favorite instrument: his voice. “If I could just focus on that and people could play with me, I would do it right now,” he says.
Scheller says he’s been a musician all his life but started playing gigs when he was 14. A favorite local band from Ogden helped him get started. Scheller worked at a local restaurant where Che Zuro played. “She knew I had just started taking guitar lessons,” he recalls. “She pulled me up on stage during one of her breaks and had me play the two songs I knew and then invited me to play at a farmers’ market.” Zuro said he could keep playing, but the catch was that he had to learn two new songs before every performance.
Scheller says the experience helped him build his setlist and that his first paid gig was for a business owner who saw him play at the farmers’ market. “I gave up my job as a dishwasher and started making music about a month later,” says Scheller.
“I wouldn’t be a musician without the Ogden community. Che Zuro [lit my] first spark, Scotty Haze and Korene Greenwood always invited me to play with them and helped me build my confidence and currently The Proper Way or more specifically Shane Osguthorpe inspired me to record and release my first EP ‘ says Scheller says.
Scheller has recorded and sung everything from country to rock, R&B, soul and pop music. His favorite, he says, falls somewhere between Folk/Americana and Soul. “[I just love] making music,” he says. “There’s something so fun and magical about getting together with a group of friends and creating something new and cool that’s my biggest driver.”
Scheller will release his first EP in the coming months. He says, “[It] features a host of Ogden musicians: Scott Rogers, Shane Osguthorpe, ZaZa Vandyke, Mike Mudd, Ryan Hawthorn and Randy Pasley. I know I might be a bit biased, but I think it’s pure magic.”
Stay tuned for Scheller’s EP, available soon at www.christianschellermusic.com and follow him on Instagram (@fruityasfolk)