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Local songwriter Christian Lopez performs songs from his new album

By Staff | Apr 20, 2018

Samantha Gray/Chronicle Shepherdstown native Christian Lopez performs at the Opera House on April 13. Lopez played songs from his newest album, “Red Arrow,” as well as selections from his first album, “Onward,” during the concert.

Fans filled the Opera House on Main Street in Shepherdstown on Friday the 13th to see local star Christian Lopez perform.

Lopez was cool, charming and personable as he played several songs from his newest album, “Red Arrow,” and a few off his first album, “Onward.” Despite the warm temperatures inside the venue, fans sang along enthusiastically to Lopez’s songs.

Lopez told several stories about his journey in the music industry and about being a songwriter.

“There is only two types of people in the world when it comes to talking about the one that got away,” he said. “Singer-songwriters like myself, and serial killers.”

Lopez introduced the newest member of his band, Dan Cohen, from Murray, Kentucky. Cohen made his debut with the band during its performance at the Opera House.

“Adding that fourth member really changed everything,” Lopez said. “I really feel like it brought everything to a new level.”

Chelsea McBee, a longtime friend and previous banjo player in the Lopez band, maybe a special guest appearance.

Lopez repeated the words “I’m home” several times throughout his performance. He told his fans how special it was for him to be back at the Opera House, saying he feels like, in a lot of ways, that’s one of the places where it all started.

“He is just so good,” Brett Gallagher, a fan and Shepherdstown resident, said. “He’s young and modern but with a little bit of a vintage feel. I thoroughly enjoy his music.”

Lopez’s new music video for his song “Say Goodbye” was set to debut on Venmo on Thursday.

“It means so much to me to see him performing at home, in front of all of his family and friends and new fans who come out to support him,” Lopez’s mother, Lesley Lopez, said. “Every show he just gets better and better and I couldn’t be more proud.”

Derek Gallagher, one of Lopez’s former teachers from Martinsburg High School, said Lopez’s personality hasn’t changed since he was a student there.

“It’s cool to see him now, making it, but at the same time he is still the same humble kid I’ve always known, and I think that’s an amazing thing about him,” Gallagher said.

Lopez said he’s grateful to everyone who’s helped him get where he is today.

“I’ll never stop working hard to get to where I want to be,” said Lopez. “This has been my dream my entire life, and I will never give up on it. I just appreciate all of the people who have helped me along the way.”