NASHVILLE, Tennessee, US
Artist / Band / Musician
Country / Folk Rock / R&B
Hailing from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and influenced by the likes of Jackson Browne, Neil Young, John Hiatt, and 90's country radio, Chris focused on developing himself as a professional songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist during his high school years in the marching band. Practice and hard work paid off, leading to full time keyboard work on demo sessions as well as co-writes with various writers in the Muscle Shoals area. Chris decided he and his songs belonged in Nashville, Tennessee.In the summer of 2000 at age 22, Chris made the move and got his first publishing deal.In 2004, Chris penned his first Top 20 hit single “ME AND EMILY”, co-written with friend and artist, Rachel Proctor. 2005 proved to be a promising year for Chris. American Idol winner Carrie Underwood recorded his song “BEFORE HE CHEATS” and it landed the 1 Spot on Country radio for 5 consecutive weeks and earned two grammy nominations, winning best country song of the year for 2007. It was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 2007 ACM and CMA Awards and was named ASCAP's 2007 Country Song Of The Year. Chris has had cuts by Daughtry, Jimmy Buffett, The Plain White T's, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Katherine Mcphee, Martina Mcbride, Kellie Pickler, Hank Williams Jr., Jack Ingram, Bo Bice, Whitney Duncan and Bucky Covington just to name a few. Chris is currently a staff writer for Big Loud Shirt Industries owned by mega-hit songwriter Craig Wiseman.
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