A Brief History
I was born and bred in Sydney, Australia and after an unsuccessful tertiary education I was ‘apprenticed’ by my father into the music business. This was 1977. Over the next 14 years, playing guitar, bass (and some trumpet and keys) in clubs, theaters, orchestras pits, recording and TV studios, schools, concert and church halls, the occasional tour of NZ, Asia and Europe etc I learnt my trade. My songwriting skills were a little slower to develop but if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Eventually I had my first song published, and then another, and another and so on. And then one day I had a song on a hit record ‘in the States’…. and this changed my life…. because instead of me sending unsolicited material to labels and publishers around the world they started calling me hoping to sign me as a writer and recording artist.
And so I moved into the next phase of my career.
I arrived here in LA in 1993 with a recording contract and a publishing deal. The album entitled “Chris Falson” was released the previous year and though only moderately successful in terms of CD sales, it became my calling card and subsequently doors opened for me to write, produce and tour all over the world.
I don’t know how to describe my music. I cross over many genres, from gospel to rock, from folk to new age, from singer/songwriter to composer. Some of my songs are sung in Churches around the world while others are featured in network TV shows and feature films. I like to write for different audiences and mediums….. each provide a challenge and that makes writing music interesting to me. It can also make it difficult for audiences…. some are fans of one style and quite bemused by another.
Hey as Bing Crosby said “Don’t fence me in!”.
My 6th grade teacher described me as follows “…. if there is a difficult way of doing it, Chris will find it”. I loved to go fishing back then too…. my nick name was “tangles”. That about says it all.
I grew up in a very musical and creative environment. My father Ron Falson, in his younger days played trumpet with the likes of Stan Kenton, Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra and Shirley Bassey. He was a noted jazz player in Sydney and worked most everyday day in his home office writing and arranging music. My mother Gill Falson, worked as a night club singer, choreographer, dancer, actress and theater director….. and as the chief copier of my father’s manuscripts. Musicians and singers never really retire….. and so they are still both “entertaining the troops” now and then in Australia.
Here’s a track from my father’s most recent album with the Ozcats.
My Grandparents Jack and Elvie Daniels were also both musicians. When they were younger they were quite the entrepreneurs hosting radio shows and performing with their own dance bands. They were also educators fostering within each of their students an openness and appreciation for all kinds of music. There philosophy…… There’s beauty in everything if you are willing to look (or listen) for it.
My grandfather was also the one who a put a guitar and my hands and taught me how to play it. The first song I ever learnt was “Dream a Little Dream with Me”. Then I discovered Django and the rest is history!
It’s his old guitar, that Jack built in 1938 that’s featured on my recent album covers. Time has not been kind to this rustic creature of wood and steel and it is now unplayable however it’s a beautiful piece of art and it represents my past and the rich legacy passed onto to me.
Jack’s mother Ruby Daniels, was also a professional musician playing piano for the silent movies in Kempsey. It’s really all her fault….. And even now, 4 generations later her great, great grand children….. my sons Sam and James have joined the family business! They too are both writing and performing their own music in LA.