From Santa Monica, California, Chris Nordlinger has been playing music since the age of seven. He started with piano lessons, studying classical and jazz styles. While these genres were a great musical base, he was drawn toward classic rock and such artists as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. He wanted to play guitar like his musical heroes, so at thirteen, his dad bought him a Mexican Stratocaster, and from then on, he knew he wanted to do this for the rest of his life. He played in the Jazz Bands at Crossroads School for seven years. He was admitted into the prestigious Thornton School of Music at USC as a studio/jazz guitar major where he studied with their faculty of world-renowned guitarists. During his senior year at USC, Chris became very interested in songwriting. After graduation, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he immersed himself in its rich songwriting and live music scene. He spent two years there, co-writing and playing guitar sessions, mostly in the rock and country genres. One of his first writing sessions was 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 Josh Leo, a producer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alabama, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes among many others. After returning to Los Angeles, he has continued to write, gig, and work as a session guitarist. Writing credits include spots for Honda, Pizza Hut, and Got Milk. Along with composing, Chris works as a bandleader for multiple projects and bands.

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