ABOUT CHRIS

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. 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 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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