Singer – Composer – Musician – Producer
Born and raised in Houston TX, Chris Walker began singing before he began speaking. He got his start in the church as a member of his family gospel group, The Walker Brothers. Chris plays the bass upside down like one of his early hero’s Jimi Hendrix. The Walker’s raised their children with a strong hand, and once Chris graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, he was all too happy to high-tail it to New York, with only forty dollars, in pursuit of his dreams of doing his own music. With aspirations of attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he sold his bass amp and bought a one-way ticket to New York; despite being denied due to inability to pay the tuition. Fate, however, would intervene as Walker was walking the halls and happened to come upon a jam session in need of a bass player. When he took the stage the school dean just so happened to hear him and offered him a full scholarship on the spot and so begun another chapter in his musical journey.
In his tenor at the school, Chris was afforded the opportunity to play with such Jazz greats as Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Bob James, Jimmy Heath, Cassandra Wilson and countless others. His musicianship garnered him a position as the musical director for R&B songstress Regina Belle as well as touring with Ornette Coleman. For the next two years, he juggled between the two tours until forced to have to choose between conflicting schedules; and with his own desire to sing and do music burgeoning, he chose to stay with Ms. Belle, which ultimately led to a successful solo debut project on Pendulum Records.
Chris Walker’s first release “First Time” produced two top five singles; “Giving You All My Love” and “Take Time,” which crossed over to become top 30 on the pop charts. His second release entitled Sincerely Yours, included the classic song, “How Do You Heal A Broken Heart,” written by Chris and Carole Bayer Sager, which has received over 40 million views on YouTube. As a student and lover of jazz music it was an opportunity that came via a former teacher, Gil Goldstein, that would bring to fruition a longtime dream of Walker to work, as Musical Director, with seven-time Grammy Award winner Al Jarreau. Chris was Co-Executive Producer for Bossa Nova Noites, which produced shows for the USOC, French, German and Japanese Houses during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, featuring Daniel Jobim and Alexandra Jackson.
In 2014 Chris co-founded and serves as President of “DocFest,” a non-profit organization that raises scholarship funds for deserving High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA/Houston) students attending The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NY. Chris has served as the Music Administrator at the Abundant Life Center for the past 6 years and made guest appearances at Second Baptist and Lakewood. He is currently working on a tribute CD to honor the life and legacy of his mentor and friend, Al Jarreau.
Chris has worked with the following Artists and more…
Al Jarreau, George Benson, FourPlay, Yolanda Adams, Regina Belle, Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum, Lisa Fischer, Gerald Albright, Jeffrey Osbourne, Ornette Coleman, Bob James, Alexandra Jackson, Boney James, Cassandra Wilson, Diane Reeves, Jimmy Heath, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Daniel Jobim, Helen Sung, Peter White, Alex Bugnon, Candy Dulfer, Midi Aber, Shelia E. & Rick Braun.