Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Producer Chris Walker
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 heroes, Jimi Hendrix. The Walkers 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 acceptance due to inability to pay the tuition. Fate however, would intervene. Chris was walking the New School halls and happened to come upon a jam session in need of a bass player. Happy to oblige, Chris took the stage just as the New School dean happened by and heard him play. Chris was offered a full scholarship on the spot and so began another chapter in his musical journey.
Chris has played with such Jazz greats as Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Bob James, Jimmy Heath, Cassandra Wilson and countless others. He was musical director for R&B songstress Regina Belle, toured with Ornette Coleman and is a successful solo recording artist. His singles include a top 40 pop hit, “Take Time.” He worked with the late seven-time Grammy Award winner, Al Jarreau for over 20 years. Chris was the 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.