About Chris Walters
New Orleans born pianist/singer/composer Chris Walters is an independent artist who has resided in Nashville since 1989. He served as Barbara Mandrell’s Music Director from 1989-1997 and then toured as keyboardist with the country supergroup Alabama till 2004. When not touring with his own band, Chris can often be seen performing with other groups, including JD Souther, Peter Mayer, and the Jeff Coffin Mu’tet. He’s performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and recorded the soundtrack for a documentary film scored by Bela Fleck. At the age of 18, he was a finalist in the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra’s Gershwin competition. Chris attended the Jazz Studies Program at Webster University in St. Louis and was listed by them as a notable alumnus in a recent Downbeat magazine article. His debut album, “Strange Fruit”, was featured on National Public Radio’s “Jazz South” program. Chris’ second release, “Cool Blue Swing”, offers 11 tracks of original music. His third album, “Yay! Everybody, Yay!”, available now for CD purchase and downloadable purchase, includes new songs he’s written over the past few years as well as works by Alberto Ginastera and Cole Porter, featuring orchestral arrangements around his small band performances.
What Others Are Saying…
“This is music that makes you want to write poetry, not a review. Walters’ pallet is so colorful it’s like a stroll through the world’s largest museum, or cocktails at a sidewalk cafe.”
-Austin Belmear, Jazz & Blues Beat
“Imagine a late-night session with Tom Waits mixing drinks for Randy Newman and Rickie Lee Jones."
-Jack Silverman, "Nashville Scene" (July 2004)
“He's out of his mind and it's beautiful enough to make us want to go there too.”
-Annie Sellick, Jazz Chanteuse
“His influences remain elusive, uncategorized. If you get too close you’ll get some on you. Scrub it off or let it change you. Change you so you are textured, ripe with nuance, beautifully marked with many truths. Careful what you say…he’ll make it his own just to show you that you spoke a thread of truth. Saint Saëns, Ginastera, Cole Porter, Walt Whitman, a little girl, the rhythmic pulse of machinery, and you.”
-Danny Coots, May 21, 2011
“Pianist and singer Chris Walters’ Yay! Everybody Yay! is one of the most enchanting albums to cross my desk in some time. Walters released a strong solo effort in 2007 titled Cool Blue Swing. But Yay! ups the ante considerably, displaying astonishing stylistic breadth and compositional complexity . . . whimsical dollops of world pop reminiscent of Paul Simon . . . a playful blend of lounge exotica and hard bop. Walters’ piano work is fabulous throughout. In the most entertaining liner notes I’ve read in years, area drummer Danny Coots writes, “It was as if
with his solo he had successfully impregnated his lover through a hole he had made in her side. Hardly orthodox, but their consummation was complete and their child was beautiful.” If that sounds crazy, listen to the record — it’ll make perfect sense.”
-Jack Silverman, "Nashville Scene" (February 2012)
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