Born into a rich musical legacy, Chris began his musical career almost as soon as he could walk. "From an early age I was surrounded by music on both sides of the family, " recalls Chris, "and it was something that came very natural and easy for me." Chris never took any musical lessons and considers his ability to hear something a few times and then play it a "gift from God." In elementary school, Chris was already learning to play the drums, piano, and guitar. While growing up in Tennessee, Chris spent summers on his grandparents farm in south Alabama, working in the fields and singing in church. During this time he developed an appreciation for family harmonies and a steadfast work ethic.
At 15, Chris began playing piano for a group called the Telestials, touring the Southern Gospel circuit. The week he graduated high school, he started touring with brother Rusty in The Boys Band; the group recorded an album for Elektra /Asylum and had a pop hit that stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks. At 18 he joined the Canadian group Cedar Creek, which had Top 10 chart action on the Canadian country charts as well as the U.S. At 19 Chris stepped out from behind the drums and made his lead vocal debut on the hit TV show Hee Haw. In 1984 he teamed up again with brother Rusty and friend Marc Speer as Golden Speer and went to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to record demos for CBS with veteran "super drummer" Roger Hawkins and bass man David Hood. Already a "road scholar" this is where Chris "got my master's." In 1987, the brothers began recording as The Goldens, charting with a couple of singles released on CBS/Epic and produced by James Stroud. In 1989, on Capitol/SBK Records, the Goldens released the album "Rush for Gold," which racked up more chart singles and spawned three music videos, one of which Chris produced and directed. During this time he was constantly touring and continued to work as a session musician.
In 1995, he began performing with The Oak Ridge Boys playing "whatever's left;" guitar, mandolin, harmonica and filling in on keyboards and drums. From 1997-2014 this multi-talented man, who also has charted songwriter credits, became the Oaks full-time drummer. He has been the voice of Heinz 57 as national radio spokesman "to support my music habit," has played a variety of instruments on a multitude of recordings over the years, produced various projects for clients such as Polygram and EMI Records, and has also enjoyed a brief stint with country-rock legends The Flying Burrito Brothers. In 2000 Chris produced his father William Lee Golden's CD Box Set My Life's Work. Chris can also be heard on the Oak's latest CD's From The Heart, Inconvenient Christmas and The Journey, and LIVE.
However it's his recent solo work that best showcases Golden's gifts. He has released five critically acclaimed solo projects including CenterStage, which garnered rave reviews from Billboard magazine, and his gospel offering Sunday Shoes which was named Power Source Magazine's 'Album of the Month.' In 2011, Chris stepped back in the spotlight as a television host, filming 13 episodes before a live audience for a web based series called Late Night Nashville with Chris Golden, and continues to host his annual Family and Friends concerts. His latest album entitled Shoebox was released in the Fall of 2013 with the first video Shoebox now in rotation on ZUUS Country Network and featured as 'Breakout Artist of the Week" and appearing in the TOP 10 Countdown. Most recently, Chris garnered his first number one song in Cashbox Magazine with 'A Different Light' and was named Christian Voice Magazine's 2016 'Crossover Artist of the Year".
"Music is my life, my gift, my love... and I feel like I would be turning my back on my calling if I didn't keep doing this," he says. "I love and live to entertain."
He and his children Elizabeth, Rebekah, and Elijah live near Nashville.
West Plains, MO - August 5, 2016
I was proud and honored to receive the 2016 "Crossover Artist Of The Year" Award at the 60th Annual International Country Gospel Music Association Awards show at the Civic Auditorium in West Plains, MO. I also performed a couple of songs and got to visit with many friends from the genre.
LIVE & UNPLUGGED @Dugger Mountain Music Hall
I was priviledged to make a trip to Duggar Mountain in the beautiful hills of NE Alabama to film a Alabama PBS television special which will also be seen on Blue Highway TV, Heartland Network, and in Great Britain and Ireland. You can watch the whole episode below. This is the outreach of a ministry called 'Our Father's Arms' which helps men, women , and children. To learn more about this great ministry and Bob McCleod please take a look at this sh
Chris Golden sings "Thank God For Kids" with The Oak Ridge Boys!
Chris sings "When He Sets Me Free" with the The Blackwood.
The Golden's Live On Ralph Emery Show - TNN
For the last part of 2015 and the first part of 2016, I was honored and excited to have been asked to join my friends Restless Heart on the road. It is the all original line-up celebrating 32 years of making music. I played drums and sang while member John Dittrich healed from back surgery. I was still doing solo dates and working in the studio when time allowed. To keep up with the Restless schedule, go to restlessheartband.com
Backstage with Restless Heart during a recent appearance at The Grand Ole Opry.
L-R: Dave Innis, Adrian Innis, Greg Jennings, myself, Larry Stewart, Paul Gregg.
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