Songwriter, musician, story teller, producer, touring artist, author and teacher, I am an Aussie, living and working in Los Angeles since 93′.
With 14 solo albums to date I divide my time between writing and producing (songs, music, film, stories, tutorials, blogs, podcasts and live workshops) and, performing either solo or in various versions of my band for audiences around the world. 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 Bürglen, a house concert in Rockwall and a concert in Denver to honor Pope John Paul’s visit to the US in ’93.
With a few friends I co-founded Sounds Dangerous, a music production and licensing company based in Hollywood. Some of our 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.
When I’m not making music I am coaching other creatives and have developed workshops on songwriting, production and performance for clients such as Apple, Line 6, Avid, Propellerhead, Warner Bros, EMI-Capitol and others.
I am also the President of Planted by the Water, an LA based non-profit organization; a collaborative of musicians, artists and story tellers, who’s shared ethos and mission it is to build and strengthen local communities; enriching the lives of everyday folk through music, art and hospitality.
Chris Falson hails from Sydney Australia and has been working in Los Angles since as ’93 as singer-songwriter, composer, studio musician, touring artist, producer, teacher and spiritual mentor.
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 composed music for film and Television productions. 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.
Chris’ mother Gill, a successful 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.
After graduating from High School (1977) Chris started playing guitar in local bands before going on to work as a sideman for such luminaries as Tiny Tim, The Platters, The Ink Spots, Little Pattie, The Drifters, Johnny O’Keefe, Daryl Braithwaite and John Farnham. From 1982-86 Chris worked a variety of music and production jobs including; music director for a touring theater company, band leader at a casino, a studio musician on various (country, pop, jazz) albums for local recording artists, a composer/producer of jingles, performer on live variety TV shows, musical arranger for a libretto and as a multi-instrumentalist in the orchestra pit for musical productions like Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ Cats.
In 1986, with a desire to sharpen his songwriting skills, Chris enrolled in a diploma course at the School of Creative Arts under the leadership of Nigel Compton. After graduating (87) Chris was offered the position of Music Director at C3 Oxford Falls where he would work until he moved to the United States.
Between the years 1987-92 Chris was a member of the Totally Radical band, along with Geoff Bullock and Darlene Zschech. Between 1988-92 he operated as the in-house writer-producer for the Seam of Gold label, responsible for such standout albums as ‘Stand’ and ‘War’. In 1990 Chris released his first solo album, a collection of instrumental pieces titled ‘For Dreamer’s Only’. In 1992 his self-titled album ‘Chris Falson’ was signed to Broken Records. On the back of the album’s success on US college radio, Chris moved (93) to Los Angeles.
1992 would be a good year for Chris. His song “All Honor” was a featured track on the platinum selling album ‘Lift Him Up’ by the gospel artist Ron Kenoly.
On arriving in the US, Chris started touring as the support act for recording artists such as Delrious?, Morris Chapman, Ron Kenoly, Crystal Lewis, Pat Boone, Love Song and Andre Crouch. He would go on to write songs and produce a series of albums for the Maranatha! Music label. The success of two such albums ‘Standing on the Rock’ and ‘Pure Joy’ caught the attention of the Vatican with an invitation for Chris and his band to perform for Pope John Paul.
1995 saw the release of 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 ‘We Need a King’ ‘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. Over the next few years he released 6 solo albums ‘A Tree By The Water’, ‘For Dreamers Only’ (Enhanced and re mastered), ‘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; a collaborative of musicians, artists and story tellers, its mission is to enrich the lives of others through music, art and hospitality.
In 2016 Chris wrote and produced the You Got Wings album featuring his band Rhythm Gospel & Blues,a unique collection of musicians and singers who imbibe many of the traditions set down by gospel, blues and soul performers like Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Andre Crouch and Eric Clapton.
Check out Chris’ podcast on writing songs and living and working in LA: ‘A Curious Child’