Christopher Walters

New Orleans born pianist/singer/composer Chris Walters relocated to Nashville to tour
as Music Director & pianist for Barbara Mandrell. Upon her retirement in 1997 he
became pianist for the band Alabama, touring and recording with them from 1997-
2004. He toured as Music Director/pianist for Sony Music Masterworks Recording Artist
& Hall of Fame Songwriter JD Souther, opening each show with a set of his own original
music. He also tours as keyboardist with The Alison Brown Quartet, The Peter Mayer
Group, 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 Downbeat magazine. His debut album,
“Strange Fruit”, was featured on National Public Radio’s “Jazz South” program. Chris
followed that with “Cool Blue Swing” (2003) and “Yay! Everybody, Yay!” (2012),
recordings that include his original compositions as well as works by Alberto Ginastera
and Cole Porter, and feature orchestral arrangements around his small band
performances. He has released two recent albums, “Boneyard Thieves” (2018), an
album of original songs and the Grammy nominated “Whisper & Howl” (2019), an
album of original instrumental Surrealist Pop. He is also an award-winning animator.
Two of his animated shorts won first place at the 2005 Key West IndieFest Film Festival.

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