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Please pardon the mess. This site is a work in progress, just like me.    
Who I Am
I'm an entertainer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and sinner saved by grace. Music is my life, my gift, and my love.  
Chris Golden, musician, entertainer, #chrisgolden #ChrisGolden
(My official bio is on the next page,) 
I was born in Alabama, the son of a paper mill worker, and raised in Tennessee along with two older brothers by a loving mother. By the third grade I had already taught myself to play several instruments and have always considered my musical abilities a gift from God. In my time I have pulled weeds, sold balloons, hosted a television show, and even once hauled moonshine. Although I love to travel, to me there is no place like home. Anyone who knows me knows that my three children are my world, and we have a big ol' outside dog named Scout. I love Jesus, my family, coffee, two-toned shoes, and Homburg hats. Outside of music and traveling, my hobbies include photography, video, growing tomatoes and canoeing. 
  I spent the first part of my life scuffing my Sunday Shoes...literally and deep. I have spent the last part of my life trying to shine them back up.  After 17 years on the road with The Oak Ridge Boys, I finally found myself…on a solo musical journey which I hope will bring me to a town near you to sing the rest of my story.  If you browse these pages you will learn a lot more about me. I hope you will leave me a message so I can get to know you as well. Thanks for stopping by.        

God's best, Chris

ICGMA 2016 'Crossover Artist of the Year'

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 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. (photos by: Angela Rowe)customers.
    Nashville, TN - August 15, 2016 / Many thanks to Scot England for writing the story which is featured in the latest edition of Larry's Country Diner newsletter.
  2. NEW ALBUM RELEASE - ' Less Of Me'
    Nashville, TN - June 25, 2016 / The much anticipated new project is here! This 12 song disc release on 24k Records is now available. Highlights include 'Love Is A Cross', 'On The Sunny Banks', 'Show Me The Way To Go' and 3 generations singing 'Thank God For Kids'. ORDER TODAY! Send $20.00 to Chris Golden Music, 'Less of Me' PO BOX 114 Hendersonville, TN 37077. Postage is included. As always, there is a money back guarantee.
    Saturday, June 4, 2016 / Country and gospel artist Chris Golden will be the headlining performer at this year’s Blueberry Festival. Now in its 36th year, the festival will be held on Sat., June 18, beginning at 8 a.m. While Golden’s specific performance times will be announced in the coming days, the singer said he is thrilled to be headed back to Brewton. And so is Brewton Chamber of Commerce director Judy Crane. “I think (Golden) will draw a lot of people to Brewton,” Crane said. “I’ve had people calling from Nashville that follow him around, so that is going to bring great exposure to Brewton – which is exactly what we hope for each year.” The Golden name is a known in Brewton – and across the nation – as one of a musical background. “From an early age I was surrounded by music on both sides of the family, and it was something that came very natural and easy for me,” Golden said. Golden said he never took any musical lessons and considers his ability to hear something a few times and then play it a “gift from God.” While growing up in Tennessee, Golden spent summers on his grandparents farm in south Alabama, working in the fields and singing in church. During this time he developed an appreciation for family harmonies and a steadfast work ethic. From playing in a band at 15 to making his lead vocal debut at 19 on “Hee Haw,” the years have seen a musical journey for Golden. He began playing with his father – William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys – and the band in 1995 and has gone own to release five critically-acclaimed solo albums. His latest album entitled Shoebox was released in the fall of 2013 with the first video “Shoebox” now in rotation on ZUUS Country Network and featured as “Breakout Artist of the Week” and appearing in the TOP 10 Countdown. “Music is my life, my gift, my love, and I feel like I would be turning my back on my calling if I didn’t keep doing this,” he said. “I love and live to entertain.” This year’s festival will also feature a number of local performers as well as arts and crafts and food vendors. For more information on the festival, visit the “Alabama Blueberry Festival” Facebook page. -Stephanie Nelson
    Sommerset, Ky - May, 21, 2016 I was beyond honored to receive the 2016 'Crossover Artist of the Year' at the Gospel Music Fan Fair Award Show held at the Center For Rural Development in Sommerset, KY. Other Artists nominated included Carrie Underwood, Jason Crabb, Larry Gatlin, T. Graham Brown, Michael English, and others.
    Nashville, TN - May, 2016 / Christian Country singer, Chris Golden, has been in Christian and Country Music behind the scenes for a while, but has come out of the shadows to make his own mark with his first Number 1 song, “A Different Light” on the CASHBOX Christian Country Chart. Chris commented, “Thank you to my award winning – songwriting brother, Rusty Golden, and Dianne Wilkinson for writing such a great song. Thank you also to Chris and Darrell Freeman for sharing their special vocal gifts to make the sound so incredible. I’m reminded of an old saying that fits me right now. It says, ‘It’s never too late to be what you might have been.’ THANK YOU LORD!” The song is being promoted to radio by Double E Promotions. The song will be sent to over 700 radio stations by AG Publicity via MP3s in E-mails. ‬Deborah Evans Price of Billboard Magazine stated of Chris “For a select few individuals, making music seems as natural as breathing. Chris Golden is one of those gifted souls. A skilled instrumentalist and intuitive songwriter with a voice like warm honey, Golden’s passion for music shines on every track of his latest project.” If you would like to interview Chris Golden contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com .
  6. M.A.C. Records Welcomes Chris Golden To The Production Team
    Columbus, MS – Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records announced on the HLE Radio Morning Show with Hunter Logan that the music industry veteran, Chris Golden, will be partnering with M.A.C. Records as a Producer for select music tracks using some of the top studio musicians in Nashville. “I met Chris about a year ago at an event. We had the chance to visit and talk shop. Over the past several months we have developed a genuine respect for each other and brotherhood. Chris is a great producer and his projects are top notch. He brings another level of expertise and an excitement to the M.A.C. Records team. We look forward to producing some great stuff” remarked Dennis McKay, Owner of M.A.C. Records. Chris Golden is probably most widely known as a son of the legendary Oak Ridge Boys’ William Lee Golden, and as a long standing member of The Mighty Oaks band. However, Golden’s talents and expertise in the music business spans 30 plus years as an artist, entertainer, musician, vocalist, producer, and as a sideman for acts as various as The Flying Burrito Brothers and Restless Heart. In addition to touring and recording with the Oak Ridge Boys, Chris has produced a number of his own solo projects which showcase his talents. He has also produced projects for various clients such as Polygram, and EMI, as well as a box set for his father, William Lee, called ‘My Life’s Work’. Chris has had a number of releases in both the Country and Gospel markets, and he currently holds the #1 position in the Cashbox Christian Country Charts with ‘A Different Light’, which he produced. Recently, he was awarded the 2016 ‘Crossover Artist of The Year’ by Christian Voice magazine’s Gospel Music Fan Awards. “I am proud to be carrying on ”My Father’s” business, and excited to be a part of the M.A.C. Records production team and I look forward to working with Dennis. My main focus is to provide a personal touch to songwriters and artists to help them sound their best while maintaining their own personal style and delivering a finished piece of magic at an affordable price. There are many places you can go to record these days, but remember…it is not the place or studio you go that creates the magic, it is the people. In my mind there are no such thing as demos…only masters!” commented Chris Golden. M.A.C. Records makes its home at Studio 115A (the McKay’s recording studio) in historic Columbus, Mississippi. M.A.C. Records was a record label owned by Dennis’ father, Robert McKay, back in the 60’s. The label laid dormant for about 50 years until Dennis and Leslie McKay revived it in 2011 to carry on the tradition of gospel music. The label consists of two divisions: Magnolia Records (Southern Gospel/Contemporary Christian) and Route 82 Records (Christian Country). Through the wonder of technology, Dennis and Chris will be able to share tracks and work together to produce music whether in Columbus, MS or Nashville, TN. For information about M.A.C. Records, contact Dennis McKay at 662.889.2829 or email info@macrecords.net. For information about Chris Golden, visit www.chrisgolden.net Share this:
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Nashville, TN - December 2105
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.    
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         Sold Out Crowd at The Ryman                           Together Again! A Golden Moment indeed!       Rockin' the tambo on 'Can't You See' with MTB 
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For the last part of 2015 and the first part of 2016, I was honored and excited to have been asked to join my friends Restless Heart on the road. It is the all original  line-up celebrating 32 years of making music. I played drums and sang while member John Dittrich healed from back surgery. I was still doing solo dates and working in the studio when time allowed. To keep up with the Restless schedule, go to restlessheartband.com  
Backstage with Restless Heart during a recent appearance at The Grand Ole Opry.
L-R: Dave Innis, Adrian Innis, Greg Jennings, myself, Larry Stewart, Paul Gregg.

LIVE & UNPLUGGED @Dugger Mountain Music Hall - October 2015
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 

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ICGMA Awards - West Plains, MO -  8/8/15
with friends Ava Kasich, Dennis McKay, and Gena Hamilton
This past August at the West Plains Civic Center I was priviledged to perform at the ICGMA Awrds Show and host the first portion. A few minutes before the show I asked omy friends to join me for an impromtu version of a couple of old gospel standards. . We called ourselves "Big Little Town''.
Now playing on The Heartland Network and 'Nashville Country Revival'
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.  
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  • "..it was more than a concert, it was a worship experience!" Pastor Ed Robinson, Oak Grove Baptist
  • "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 nice when Christian artists have a clear understanding of where their gifts come from" Mike Holmes, The Farm
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Sunday March 8 was a real treat. I was invited to sing and share at two services at our home church, First Baptist Hendersonville in Tennessee. What made it extra special was being joined by my daughter Elizabeth on fiddle. 
If you looked real close, you may have seen me recently on ABC's 'Nashville'. I was chosen to play a role in a band which was being signed to 'Rayna's' new record label.  It took most of the day to film 20 seconds which were then cut down to 5 for the show. It was another opportunity and I am thankful for each one along the way. 
For the second year in a row I was asked to be part of the annual Teddy Gentry Birthday Bash in Nashville along with Jamey Johnson and many others. Teddy is a founding member of the super group Alabama, and when not on tour, he hosts a series of concerts at the Alabama headquarters in Ft. Payne, AL . I am proud to go play drums for them each month.  
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"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.  

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Elizabeth Golden - 'Fields Of Gold' 
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"

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