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Grammy Award winning composer/musician Chip Davis is one of the most successful innovators and entrepreneurs in music today. He is the creator of Mannheim Steamroller, the #1 Christmas music artist in history and one of the top 50 best-selling artists of all times with over 40 million records sold, 28 million in the Christmas genre alone.

More than 30 years ago, Davis transformed popular instrumental music by combining classical compositions, rock rhythms, harpsichords and recorders with electric bass and synthesizers. He is credited with creating the New Age music genre and went on to revolutionize the sounds of Christmas, transforming the holiday music season into the huge industry it is today.

His sold-out Christmas concerts have become a holiday tradition and today, the 27th year for the concerts, require two traveling troupes to meet continued demand. In addition to their usual tour stops this year, Chip and Mannheim are heading to the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas for their first ever Vegas show. As part of the hotel’s “Winter In Venice” program, Mannheim will headline at the Palazzo theater for a six week limited engagement.

Though Davis enjoys one of the most intriguing careers in the music business, he has largely remained an enigma. One explanation for his relative anonymity -- despite 19 gold records, eight platinum and four multi-platinum records -- is that he's not based on the east or west coasts but right in the middle of the country in Omaha, NE. His 140-acre farm includes rolling hills and forested areas, providing natural inspiration for his music.

Since the groundbreaking success of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, the band has released 18 more Christmas albums and compilations. Davis commemorated the 25th anniversary of his first holiday album by releasing Mannheim Steamroller Christmas - 25th Anniversary Collection, a two CD set featuring 25 of the group’s famous holiday classics. Spanning the group’s entire Christmas catalog, the album includes “Joy To The World,” “The First Noel,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Silent Night.” The album became his 19th gold record a short time later.

All told, Davis has created a remarkably varied body of work: he has written, arranged and recorded over 35 albums, including eight in the Fresh Aire series; 18 Christmas albums; four Halloween albums, and a range of other albums. Davis is also the author of five children’s books and creator of an entire line of food and bath products bearing the Mannheim Steamroller name.

Blog Entries by Chip Davis

The Sounds of Santa: Part 2

(2) Comments | Posted December 25, 2012 | 5:30 PM

Last week I posted an entry where I touched on the origins of Mannheim Steamroller. Since then, I have to say I'm amazed and touched by the kind words and feedback I've received.

As I sit here at my home in Omaha and watch the winter-like weather...

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The Sounds of Santa

(3) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 3:42 PM

Over Mannheim Steamroller's long career, we've been called everything from a "holiday staple" to the "sounds of Santa." It's a distinction we don't take lightly as the holiday season has always been one of my favorite times of the year.

As we approach this Christmas, I'm incredibly thankful for a...

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A Very Mannheim Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 6:13 PM

Over my career I've accomplished so many things that I'm immensely proud of, but, as any parent will tell you, my proudest achievements are my children. I'm even more excited that my daughter Kelly has decided to come aboard the Mannheim Steamroller express and handle our growing social media endeavors....

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Halloween Is a Night Like No Other

(21) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 4:07 PM

I love Halloween.

I know how strange that must sound coming from a man who's made his livelihood off selling Christmas music, but it's the truth. I love all holidays to be honest... Valentine's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, did I mention Valentine's Day?

So what is it about Halloween? Well,...

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