Chris Falson is a story teller, songwriter, studio musician, music producer, touring artist, author and teacher based in Hollywood. He is also the President of Planted by the Water, an LA based organization stirring up spiritual creativity amongst musicians, artists, performers and communicators.
Chris divides his time between writing (songs and stories) and performing (music and telling stories) for audiences of between one and one hundred thousand. Some of the highlights so far include The Stravinsky Auditorium Montreaux, The LA Coliseum, Shea Stadium, Wembley Stadium, The Fools Club in Amriswil, a bell tower in Burglen, a house concert in Rockwall and for Pope John Paul’s visit to the US in ’93.
He is a founding partner of Sounds Dangerous, a music production and licensing company based in Hollywood. Some of his production credits include Blast 23, Immortals, Cats and Dogs 2, October Road, Cover Me, Men in Trees, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, Without a Trace, Star Trek, Castle, Brothers and Sisters, Las Vegas, Yes Dear, Punk’d, Avon Breast Cancer, Bloodwork, Tavis Smiley, CSI, CSI NY, NCIS and CSI Miami.
Chris is an Australian born singer-songwriter living and working in LA and earning a living as a songwriter/composer, studio musician, touring artist, producer and teacher.
Chris was born into a show business family in Sydney, Australia. His father Ron Falson played trumpet with Stan Kenton, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra and wrote arranged music for film and TV. Before Ron’s passing in 2008, he produced an album with his band “The Ozcats“, a wonderful showcase of his talents as an arranger and musician.
His mother Gill, a nightclub singer, dancer, choreographer and actress, continues to act, direct and sing (at the drop of a hat) and currently has her own show on East Side Radio in Sydney. Chris’s grandfather (Jack Daniels… true name) was also a professional musician and teacher, his grandmother a piano teacher and his great grandmother a pianist for the silent film industry.
Chris worked in Australia as a studio singer and musician, record producer, stage actor, songwriter, vacuum cleaner salesman, janitor, store man and packer, record label executive and music director before moving to LA in 1993. Chris also wrote music for TV, documentary films, stage plays and radio jingles as well as playing guitar on tour for artists such as Tiny Tim, The Platters, The Ink Spots, John Farnham and Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ Sydney production of Cats.
For several years Chris was a member of the Totally Radical band along with Geoff Bullock and Darlene Zschech and produced several albums for the Seam of Gold label including ‘Stand’ and ‘War’. In 1992 Chris released his self-titled album on Broken Records with the single ‘Good People’ receiving steady airplay on mainstream radio across America.
After moving to LA in 1993 he joined Maranatha! Music as a songwriter and producer, writing, playing, arranging and singing on two projects: ‘Standing on the Rock’ in 1993 and ‘Pure Joy’ in 1994. Subsequently he was invited to perform in Denver for World Youth Day to honor Pope John Paul’s visit to The United States.
1995 saw the release by Chris Falson and The Amazing Stories (musicians and singers from the bands of Andre Crouch, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and the soundtrack to Disney’s The Lion King) with a live CD and video reprising some of Chris’s better-known gospel/worship songs, including ‘All Honor’, ‘I Walk by Faith’, ‘Standing On The Rock’, ‘Come To The Waters’ and ‘I See The Lord’.
From 1994 to 1998 Chris wrote songs, played guitar and sang with the Maranatha! PK Band in over 30 stadium events across America. In 1997, along with Delirious?, Matt Redmann and Noel Richards, Chris participated in the Champion concert at Wembley Stadium, London.
In 1997 Chris formed ‘The Orchard’ label and released 6 solo albums ‘A Tree By The Water’, ‘For Dreamers Only’, ‘The Quiet’, ‘Prisoner of Hope’, ‘Flesh & Bone’ and ‘Rescue Me‘ and a ‘how to’ book for the Church musician and worship leader entitled ‘Planted By The Water’.
In 1999, working along side writer-director James Alexander Langteaux, Chris co-hosted and composed music for the award winning documentary “The Rest” (Won Best Documentary Rose d’Or Festival). Subsequently, James, Chris and a band of vagabonds started having Church in a bar in LA. The ‘bar-church’ idea has since gone viral with ‘branches’ in North America, Europe and beyond.
From 2002 to 2013, after Hollywood discovered Chris’ songwriting and production talents he began writing and producing songs and music cues for NBC, CBS, Fox, Disney, Warner Bros Sony etc. His production notoriety caught the attention of Apple who hired Chris to develop a series of online tutorials for Garageband, Logic and Aperture and in 2011 he formed Sounds Dangerous LLC, a full service audio post production and music licensing company with offices in LA, Sydney and Switzerland.
In 2013 Chris officially launched Planted by the Water, a non profit organization based in Los Angeles; its mission is to awaken musicians, artists and storytellers to both the richness of God’s creative spirit and His desire to use their music, art and stories to carry love, life, healing and restoration to their communities.
In 2015 Chris gathered his friends from the Amazing Stories days to form Rhythm Gospel & Blues, a band that carries some of the sounds of Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Etta James and early Clapton albums. In 2016 the band will release their first album entitled “You Got Wings”.