With his unique gift for finding the extraordinary in ordinary life, Chris Wallin has established himself as one of Nashville’s most sought-after songwriters. He is in a very small club of songwriters that have knocked themselves out of the billboard number 1 position.
Wallin has topped the charts with classics-in-the-making for the industry’s biggest stars: “Love Me If You Can” by Toby Keith, “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney, “I’m Tryin’” by Trace Adkins, “Something To Be Proud Of” and “Speed” by Montgomery Gentry and “People Loving People” by Garth Brooks .
Raised in the small town in East Tennessee Wallin was influenced by the likes of Jim Croce, James Taylor and Merle Haggard, as well as his own musical family – especially his mother, a singer herself. She recorded and performed in Nashville when Chris was only 7 years old, and the experience made an indelible impression on Chris.
He began writing songs at age 12 and, perhaps inevitably, moved to Music City several years later, making the dues-paying rounds of writers nights and songwriting contests. He caught a break when his songs caught the ear of a small publishing company called King Lizard Music.
Since then Wallin has worked hard to achieve his place on the “A List” of Nashville songwriters, and doesn’t take his status for granted: Chris says “Back then I used to buy 50 McDonald’s 29 cent hamburgers at a time and put them in the freezer. I could eat all week on $15 … They weren’t bad, except the last few get a little crusty from freezer burn.”
Artists who have cut Chris’s songs include Lorrie Morgan, Kenny Chesney , Garth Brooks, Aaron Lewis, Montgomery Gentry, Sammy Kershaw, Trace Adkins, Confederate Railroad, Neal McCoy, Brad Paisley, Joe Diffie, Diamond Rio, Toby Keith and many more.
Just Some Of Chris’s Major Label Recordings
Kenny Chesney – Don’t Blink, Got A Little Crazy Last Night
Garth Brooks – People Loving People, Cold Like That, Fish
Three Days Grace (Rock group) – Time That Remains, Expectations
Trace Adkins – I’m Trying, Proud To Be Here, Metropolis & My Heaven
Montgomery Gentry – Speed, Something To Be Proud Of, All I Know About Mexico
Confederate Railroad – That’s What Brothers Do
Diamond Rio – The Box
Lorrie Morgan – 3 Seconds
Toby Keith – Love Me If You Can
Sammy Kershaw – Metropolis, 3 seconds
Brad Paisley – Famous People
Joe Nichols – Baby Your In Love With Me
Ray Benson – Killed By A .45
Craig Morgan – Being Alive And Livin, Summer Moon
Neal McCoy – Biggest Fan
Earl Scruggs – Heaven Is A Small Town
The Roosters – Kill The Mullet
3 Bridges – Satan And Grandma
Michael Peterson – Good Thing When Its Gone, Grave To The Cradle
Borrowed Blue – I Shouldn’t Love This
Julie Roberts – One For The Road
Brian McComas – You’re In My Head
Anthony Smith – Metropolis, That’s What Brothers Do, Venus, John J. Blanchard, Impossible To Do, Up To The Depth, I Lived That Song, Natural Disaster
James Otto – Soldiers and Jesus, Just Like Sunshine
John Schneider – Even The Snow
Lucy Angel – Serious
Keith Anderson – Adaliene
Jeffrey Steele – Swamp Thing, I Was Younger Then
Tommy Shane Steiner – John B. Blanchard
Joe Diffie – Good News/Bad News