Chris Garrison was born and raised in Perryton, a small town in the Texas panhandle. He grew up in a musical family. His father sang in gospel quartets, performing on live radio shows throughout West Texas. His mother was a gifted actress and singer, who released a solo album in 1975. While growing up, Chris was primarily exposed to gospel, classical and bluegrass music. All through his childhood he sang in church and school choirs. After high school graduation, Chris pursued a music scholarship at LSU. In Louisiana, Chris was exposed to a whole new world of music; everything from jazz and folk, to blues and rock and roll. These new influences ignited Chris’s passion, and they prompted him to start writing music. Chris started playing his music at solo acoustic gigs in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and in 1992 he formed the band “Meantree”. The following year, the band released their critically acclaimed, self-titled cd. They toured on the southern college circuit with the likes of Better than Ezra, Blues Traveler, The Connells, Dash Rip Rock, and others. In the mid 1990’s he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he played with several bands and continued honing his songwriting. Chris became a regular and a fan favorite at songwriter venues like the Bluebird Café and Douglas Corner. In 1996 he released a solo album “Year”, an ambitious 14 song debut CD that received radio play on Nashville’s Lightning 100. He also sang on several radio and TV jingles, and performed backup vocals for artists Billy Droze and Lacey Atchison. After a 6 year hiatus, Chris has returned to music with his 2012 E.P. release “Wooden Nickel” and he soon followed up with the 2013 release of “Two”. Chris is currently working with a new band, and gearing up for a fall tour and studio album.
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