Chuk Peña Biography
A relative newcomer to the music scene, Chuk Peña is a singer-musician in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA whose music is comprised of covers and originals in several genres including folk ballads, light blues, and soft rock. Chuk is currently working in the studio preparing a variety of new music to share on his YouTube channel and reach as many ears as possible.
"Chuk Peña, Recording Artist" emerged from a corporate professional world that had little to do with music and creative expression. The process of finally being able to have his musical voice heard has been years in the making. Definitely, Chuk's career as “recording artist” has been one of “a dream deferred.”
Chuk Peña was born and raised Charles Nathan Blitzer in Toledo, Ohio. The youngest of seven children, Chuk had a penchant for singing, and eventually decided he wanted to try his hand at being a professional vocalist. This decision was met with great dismay from his parents, European immigrants who fled Hitler's Germany. Their criteria for their children was that they go to college and learn to play a musical instrument. Chuk's much older brothers and sisters had already accomplished these goals, playing concert piano, violin, trumpet, and more.
Faced with the dilemma of following his own music dreams or disappointing his parents by not going to college, Chuk reluctantly agreed to try school for six months in order to “keep the peace.” Not knowing what he wanted to do other than music, Chuk enrolled in pharmacy school “on a lark.” Working at a neighborhood pharmacy as a "soda jerk," he filled prescriptions under a pharmacy preceptor program.
Three degrees later (including an MBA and a Juris Doctor in Law), Chuk was on an unlikely detour down the path to a long, illustrious, and successful world-wide career in the public and private sectors of the pharmaceutical industry, law, and corporate business. While in college, Chuk had discovered a love of the guitar to accompany his love of singing. Though he continued to play and sing over the years, there was little time in Chuk's busy life to think about fulfilling "his dream."
Chuk never lost sight of his musical dream - he took early retirement and re-located to Las Vegas, where he finally had the time to re-visit his dream of becoming a singer-musician. After more serious guitar instruction with the namesake of Vince Lauria Studios, as well as vocal and performance lessons with Glenn Williams (both located in Las Vegas, Nevada), "Chuk Peña, Recording Artist" emerged. In addition to songs recorded elsewhere, Chuk is currently working with TriPops Music Production and Trimordial Studio Las Vegas to record and produce his debut album.
Though an electric guitar player, Chuk's preference is acoustic guitar. Among the many he owns and plays, he favors his 6- and 12-string Ovation "Adamas" and Gibson "J45 Hummingbird" guitars.
Chuk lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife, Veronica "Peña" Blitzer and son, Christian.
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