Champ Jaxon is an eleven-year-old aspiring blues-rock musician based out of Southwest Florida. Champ was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 2010 and his family relocated back to Florida in 2013 when he was three years old. Shortly thereafter, in the Spring of 2014, Champ attended the Wanee Music Festival, seeing the Allman Brothers Band on their farewell tour, which ignited the fire that has fueled his passion for music ever since.
Champ began studying the guitar around age six, although he'd previously had a ukulele and toy guitars. His father taught him a few basics to get going and he currently receives weekly guitar and vocal instruction at the Rock Box Music School in North Port, FL. He also takes remote lessons from Scott Sharrard, newest member of Little Feat and formerly lead guitarist and musical director of the late Gregg Allman's solo band.
Champ's debut performance came when sang one song at a youth talent showcase in May 2018 at age seven. That was followed by a handful of local open mic appearances, which led to his first featured gig at Big Storm Brewing in Cape Coral, FL in March of 2019 at age eight. Since then, Champ has appeared in over 80 paid performances at various venues throughout Southwest Florida, including opening the 2019 Big Orange Music Festival, where he shared the bill with Blackberry Smoke and The Allman Betts Band, among others.
Additionally, Champ has had the good fortune to sit in with the Allman Betts Band (Nov. 2020, Eric Gales, (Mar. 2021) and played "Can't You See" with the Marshall Tucker Band (May 2021). That lead to a performance as guest lead guitarist with the Marshall Tucker Band at Oak Mountain Ampitheatre in Birmingham, AL, opening for the band Alabama. (August 2021)
Champ's band mates include his father, Nate Winkler on rhythm guitar and backup vocals, Brent Adam on drums and Nick Rosado on bass guitar.