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Chris Golden, Entertainer

The new single 'ON THE SUNNY BANKS' is now #2 In CASHBOX, # 4 in Power Source.



2018 AGM Country Gospel 'Artist of the Year'
2018 ICGMA 'Male Vocalist of the Year'
2017 Gold Cross Award (ICGMA equivilent to Entertainer of the Year)
2016 'Crossover Artist of the Year' by both I.C.G.M.A. and Christian Voice Magazine
 #1 Songs 'Less of Me','A Different Light' - CASHBOX Magazine, 4 TOP 5 Songs
17 year member of The Oak Ridge Boys Band, stints with Alabama & Restless Heart
Appearances at The Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium, TBN's "Praise The Lord", more




Nashville, TN - July 17, 2018

Chris Golden - Applying the Golden Rule
by: Jade Harrison for SGNScoops Magazine

If anyone spends any time listening to, asking about, or reading over any material pertaining to Christian Country music, they will not get very far without discovering the name Chris Golden. It seems as though every song has some ties to this powerhouse of talent. In fact, there is a game in Hollywood called the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” (where the players attempt to link other actors to Kevin Bacon,within six steps of mutual works.) Maybe Nashville should consider playing “Six Degrees of Chris Golden.”

   Golden seems to have at least an indirect relationship to so many of the songs in today’s Christian country radio. Those connections become even easier to make when one learns of the many roles Golden has in the music industry. This son of William Lee Golden (Oak Ridge Boys) has worn the hat of booking agent, promoter, publicist, producer, session leader, photographer, art director, videographer, engineer, driver, sound man, roadie, caterer webdesigner, travel agent, road manager, and merchandise wrangler. He also adds, “I even get to sing and play from time to time. “

   Among the accomplishments of Chris Golden is that he has played with three of the longest running bands in country music: the Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, and Restless Heart. He also has mastered the ability to play an incredible number of instruments. On Golden’s past albums, he has played drums, piano, acoustic guitar, mandolin, electric guitar, organ, harmonica, and bass guitar.

   Golden expresses how blessed he feels to be successful in the music industry. In 2017, he was given the opportunity to perform for every living U.S. President, and was able to meet five of them. He has sung at the Ryman Auditorium and Opry House. This talented singer’s mantle holds many awards. Among them are awards for Country Gospel Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year,  and Crossover Artist of the Year awards from various Christian music organizations, and Golden is even a GMA Hall of Fame Inductee for his tenure with the Oaks. Amidst all of that, Chris has had two No. 1 songs and three other top five songs on the charts.

   Just how did Chris Golden become so multi-talented and saturated in Christian country music?


  Music has been an ever-winding thread in the fabric of his life. When he was in third grade, he began his on-stage appearances. Chris played guitar and sang “Friends” by Elton John, played “Saturday in the Park” by Chicago on the piano, played “Proud Mary” on drums, and even did a ventriloquist act. After many years of honing his craft of performing, Chris began to venture into the writing aspect of music. “When I was 19 years old rolling through Detroit, Mich., in the back of a bus, I wrote ‘Take Me Back To The Country.’ The next year I performed the song on Hee Haw, making my vocal debut. A few years later it became the first single and video from The Goldens (my brother Rusty and I) ‘Rush For Gold’ album on Capitol Records.”

   Growing up within a cornucopia of musical talent, Chris had an abundance of musical influence. The ties of family and their love for music has stayed with Chris throughout his life. However, when asked what held the most significance, he says his brother, Rusty, had the biggest impact on his life. Chris also recalls the advice of a local singer who once told him, “‘If you are in it for the money...get out.” Even though Chris was only 13 years old at that time, it left a lasting impression. “He was right. Do it for thelove, and to make a difference, and if you take care of
the music and take care of the business, it will take care of you.”

   Not only was music a resounding theme for The Goldens, Chris also was brought up in an environment of spiritual significance. His grandmother, Rutha Mae Golden, is given acknowledgement for her authority in his growth as a Christian. Chris was called to give his heart to the Lord around age 13 at a revival in south Alabama. He recalls that the pastor, Brother G.W. Birdsong, was preaching when he went down to the altar. As many adults sometimes do, Chris strayed from God’s path along his journey. However, Chris knew that God always had his hand on him.

   “I re-dedicated my life and faith in 1997. I was 45 when I got baptized. Although I do not consider myself a minister, I have seen firsthand the power of a song minister to people. “That being the case, I have known from a very young age that music came very easy and natural to me. It is
my gift, and I know where it came from. I am a musician, singer and entertainer, not an evangelist, and I am aware there is a fine line when we sing, to not make it about ourselves, but about the one we are singing about. “I do try my best to shine the light with songs and stories. I am not a preacher but I do hope people get the message.

   In 2010, I was told by what I believe to be an angel, ‘play for the one who gave you the gift.’ It has been my life’s mission since.” Chris says that he would extend the same advice to aspiring artists.He would also add, “It is the music business. Learn as much about the business part as you

  There are many great resources available today. A great song will last longer than your career.” When employing words to live by, what more fitting passage could Chris Golden apply to his life? He turns to his favorite verse. “The Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’” (Luke 6:31 NIV)
Nashville, TN - January, 2017

    Whether you’re watching Chris Golden perform on stage or chatting with him off stage, it’s obvious he has a passion for sharing the gospel and encouraging people. Golden is a gifted communicator and nowhere is that more evident than his latest album “Less of Me". He lends his warm, evocative voice to such classic tunes as “Life’s Railway to Heaven” and “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms”, infusing timeless songs of faith with a fresh sense of commitment and enthusiasm.  The highlights on this collection are numerous including the Glen Campbell-penned title track and his take on the Oak Ridge Boys hit “Thank God for Kids”, which he delivers with his father, The Oaks’ William Lee Golden.  “What Salvation’s Done for Me,” co-written by his brother Rusty, is a compelling number with an uplifting message.  It’s a powerful collection of songs, and a must have record for anyone who loves country gospel music delivered with authority and heart.       

The new ​​​​'Less of Me' album is now available. Listen & Download HERE

Deborah Evans Price,
Nashville correspondent for Billboard 

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"...it was more than a concert, it was a worship experience!"      Pastor Ed Robinson, Oak Grove Baptist

'He doesn't preach, but you get the Message''      Rev. Jay Jackson, Nashville, TN

"For some people making music comes as naturally as breathing, Chris Golden is one of those gifted souls"
                                                                                                                                           Deborah Evans Price, Billboard Magazine

"Music that is sturdy, sure-footed, and built for the long haul"   Tom Roland, Nashville journalist

​"Your program was professional, uplifting, and very spritual. Our members are still talking about how your
music blessed us all. Shiloh is looking forward to your return".     Pastor Matthew Rucker, Shiloh UMC

'It is refreshing when artists have a clear understanding of where their gifts come from''  
                                                                                                                                       Mike Holmes, The Farm

    At a recent appearance with Restless Heart at the CHRISTMAS 4 KIDS concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the band asked me to come down front and sing a song. Since it was a song made famous by my father, halfway through I asked him to come join us. It was a special surprize for the sold out crowd.  I also joined Marshall Tucker Band for the finale along with Restless Heart, Shenandoah and Craig Wayne Boyd.    
Nashville, TN - December 2105
Chris Golden, William Lee Golden, Oak Ridge Boys, Ryman Auditorium, Restless Heart, Chriistmas, Thank God For Kids, father and son, The Goldens
         Sold Out Crowd at The Ryman                               Together Again! A Golden Moment indeed!       Rockin' the tambo on 'Can't You See' with MTB 
Chris Golden on the red carpet at the IGMA Awards in NAshville, TN
Chris Golden performing at the ICMA Award Show
Chris Golden entertaining the crowd at the 2016 ICMA Award Show in Nashville, TN

ICM Awards 

                                                                                                                                                                                  Nashville, TN - October 27, 2016 /
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION ! Trinity Music City rolled out the red carpet for the 2016 Inspirational Country Music Awards. Hosted by Collin Raye and Megan Alexander, I was excited to perform before a full crowd of fans and industry folks alike. Broadcast dates and times TBA . Stay tuned! .

ICGMA 2016 'Crossover Artist of the Year'

Chris Goldn entertaining the crowd at the ICGMA Awards in West Plains, MO
 West Plains, MO - August 5, 2016 

    I was proud and honored to receive the 2016 'Crossover Artist of the Year award at the 60th Annual International Country Gospel Music Association Awards Show at the Civic Auditorium in West Plains, MO. I also performed a couple of songs and got to visit with many friends from the genre. 
Chris Golden accepting the 2016 'Crossover Artist of the Year at the ICMA Award Show in West Plains, MO

LIVE & UNPLUGGED @Dugger Mountain Music Hall
I was priviledged to make a trip to Duggar Mountain in the  beautiful hills  of NE Alabama to film a Alabama PBS television special which will also be seen on Blue Highway TV, Heartland Network, and in Great Britain and Ireland.  You can watch the whole episode below. This is the outreach of a ministry called 'Our Father's Arms' which helps men, women , and children. To learn more about this great ministry and Bob McCleod please take a look at this short video: OUR FATHER'S ARMS 

Chris Golden, Entertainer singing at Dugger Mountain Music Hall
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A true labor of love, I opened my own shoebox full of memories to put together this sentimental walk down memory lane.  Shoebox video was filmed at the Historic Palace Theater in Gallatin, TN and features family photos and home movies from the Golden vault. It aired coast to coast on ZUUS Country Network and was named 'Breakout Artist' being featured in the TOP 20 Countdown. It can now be seen on The Heartland Network, Blue Highway  TV and more.  Check your local listings.  
Chris Golden, album cover, Sunday Shoes, two toe shoes, Homburg hat, sharp dressed man
"Sunday Shoes"
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  • "Album Of The Month" - Power Source Magazine
  • "I LOVE this CD ! - Bill Gaither
  • "Music that is sure-footed, sturdy, and built for the long haul. A perfect journey in his Sunday Shoes" - Tom Roland
  • "For a select few individuals making music comes as naturally as breathing. Golden is one of those gifted souls". - Billboard
  • "A skilled multi-instrumentalist with a voice like warm honey, Golden's passion for music shines on every track" - Deborah Evans Price

Meet the Family 

Working with my children has been the highlight of this new chapter of my life. They do not always get to travel with me, but when they share the stage, it is magical. All three are extrememly talented and have music and CDs of their own available.  

Chris Golden and daughter Elizabeth
Chris Golden and family in concert
Chris Golden proudly watches daughter Elizabeth tearing up the fiddle.
Chris Golden, Elizabeth Golden, father daughter, fiddle, acoustic, Americana,
I am so very proud of the work we did together on Elizabeth's debut album.  God had his hand on it from the beginning. What started out as a little homemade gift of music for the grandparents turned into having her video played nationwide. With a borrowed camera we went to the farm down the road from our house to shoot a photo for the album cover. When the skies turned such beautiful colors we grabbed a boom box and started shooting video.  God provided a most amazing lightning show behind us as we filmed. We took the footage to a then college student Nick Eagles who helped edit the video. Within a week it was airing on ZUUS Country Network as their 'Breakout Artist' and was featured in the TOP 20 Countdown.  You can find out more about Elizabeth at  www.elizabethgolden.net

Elijah Golden - "I Wont Last A Day Without You"

My son Elijah has recorded a mini-EP which is also now available.