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Chris Marion - Contributing Editor

 

Chris Marion is an American musician best known as a member of Little River Band and for his contribution to the gospel and country music industries.

Born in Belton, Texas and growing up in rural Chilhowie, Virginia, Marion started his musical career as a pianist for his traveling family gospel group. He started taking piano lessons at age 4 and continued classical training on piano, trombone, and voice through college.

After graduating with honors from Chilhowie High School in 1980, he passed up an engineering scholarship to a Georgia Technical Institute to pursue a degree in Music at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee although eventually graduating with a degree in Psychology. It was the time at Carson Newman that made end roads and relationships that led Marion to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue music professionally.

Since moving to Nashville in 1987, Marion has toured with the likes of Steven Curtis ChapmanTony ElenburgShenandoahBeth Moore and Jeannie Seely of the Grand Ole Opry. In 1994, along with Danny Myrick, Marion founded the country rock band Western Flyer on the Step One Record label which garnered four charting Billboard singles in the country genre along with critical praise.

As the writer and producer of a variety of children's musical projects, Marion has received 4 Gospel Music Association Dove Award nominations. He has been involved in projects involving Lifeway Christian Resources VBS and other religious products for Word RecordsBenson Records and others. As a producer, Marion was part of team that worked with Garth BrooksDoug Stone, the Oak Ridge Boys and Charlie Chase.

At the end of 2004, Marion was invited to join the famed classic rock band, Little River Band in which he is a keyboardist and sings, touring internationally.

In 2011, Marion founded TourPRO, a touring personnel resource that facilitates personnel placement with artists and tours.

In 2014, Chris joined the team at Harmony Central as a contributing editor providing expert reviews, industry articles and artist interviews.

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