From Santa Monica, California, Chris Nordlinger is a professional songwriter and guitarist. His musical journey started at the age of seven, when his mom signed him up for classical piano lessons. After a short while, he found himself playing last at the recitals as the finale, and knew he wanted to play and perform the rest of his life. He eventually gravitated towards playing rock, pop and jazz styles, playing his favorite bands' songs. "My dad was a classic rock fan, always playing Eric Clapton, Elton John, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix in the living room and car stereo. He and my mom had so many stories of concerts they went to growing up in the sixties." He wanted to play guitar like his musical heroes, so at thirteen, his dad bought him a Mexican Stratocaster from Guitar Center in Hollywood. From there he played in the Jazz Bands at Crossroads School from middle school through senior year, and for two years,
he studied with the late guitar legend Ted Greene, who was kind enough to sell one of his telecasters before he passed. He was admitted into the Thornton School of Music at USC as a studio/jazz guitar major where he studied with the faculty of world-renowned guitarists, including session guitarist Carl Verheyen. After graduation, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he spent two years, co-writing and playing guitar sessions. He wrote with the late Mark Grey, former hit country songwriter, best known for Alabama's "The Closer You Get" and lead singer of Exile. He also worked with producer Josh Leo, playing guitar for one of his artists. After returning to Los Angeles, he has continued to write, gig, and work as a bandleader and session guitarist, with his main focus on writing and producing as many genres as he can. To date, his writing credits include spots for Honda, Pizza Hut, Got Milk, TikTok, and Banner Health.
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