Chris Marion (born January 8, 1962) is an American musician best known as a member of Little River Band and for his contribution to the gospel music industry.
Born in Belton, Texas and growing up in Chilhowie, Virginia, Marion started his musical career as a pianist for his traveling family gospel group. He started taking piano lessons at age 4 and continued classical training on piano, trombone, and voice through college.
After graduating with honors from Chilhowie High School in 1980, he passed up a full scholarship to a technical institute for engineering to pursue a degree in music at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee (although eventually graduating with a degree in Psychology). It was the time at Carson Newman that made end roads and relationships that led Marion to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue music professionally.
Since moving to Nashville in 1987, Marion has toured with the likes of Steven Curtis Chapman, Tony Elenburg, Shenandoah, Beth Moore and Jeannie Seely of the Grand Ole Opry. In 1994, along with Danny Myrick, Marion founded the country rock band Western Flyer on the Step One Record label which garnered four charting Billboard singles in the country genre along with critical praise.
As the writer and producer of a variety of children's musical projects, Marion has received 4 Gospel Music Association Dove Award nominations. He has been involved in projects involving Lifeway Christian Resources VBS and other religious products for Word Records, Benson Records and others. As a producer, Marion was part of team that worked with Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Doug Stone, The Oak Ridge Boys and Charlie Chase.
At the end of 2004, Marion was invited to join the famed classic rock band, Little River Band in which he is a keyboardist and sings, touring internationally.
One mainstay in the professional and personal life of Chris has been his involvement in church ministry. Since moving to Nashville in 1987, Chris has been a member of Two Rivers Baptist Church, now called the Fellowship at Two Rivers. Starting out as a bassist for the orchestra but quickly moving to a keyboard accompanist position, Chris has been on staff for almost 26 years now. They've put up with his touring schedules and he has enjoyed a church home.
In 2011, Marion founded TourPRO, a touring personnel resource that facilitates personnel placement with artists and tours.
In 2013, Chris adds orchestration to his collection of resume entries as he develops full symphonic adaptations of Little River Band hits for a series of Pops Concerts with metropolitan symphonies around the US.
|1976||A Servant's Heart||Gospel Melody Quartet||keys, vocals|
|1977||All-Region Sampler||Virginia All-Region Choir||tenor vocals|
|1977||All-State Sampler||Virginia All-State Choir||tenor vocals|
|1978||All-Region Sampler||Virginia All-Region Band||trombone|
|1981||Something Special '81||C-N Something Special||keys|
|1983||Something Special '83||C-N Something Special||keys|
|1989||Compassionate Heart||Tony Elenburg||keys/bass/voc/production|
|1990||Dr. Newheart's Christmas Cure||Kathie Hill||keys/arrangement|
|1993||The Don't Be Afraid Brigade
|1993||My Wife, My Life
|1994||Hans Branson's Gold Medal Mission||Kathie Hill||keys/arr.
|1994||Western Flyer||Western Flyer||keys/vocals/prod.|
|1996||Nic at Night||Kathie Hill||keys/arr.
|1996||Back in America||Western Flyer||keys/voc/prod.|
|1997||The Christmas Family Tree||Kathie Hill||keys/arr.|
|1997||In The Middle of It All||David L. Cook||vocals|
|1998||Dr. Newheart's Neck Up Check Up||Kathie Hill (Dove nom)||keys/prod.|
|1999||Split Personality||David L. Cook||vocals|
|1999||The Oasis Project||Marion/Myrick||keys/voc./prod.|
|1999||Pop Culture||Pop Culture||vocals|
|1999||Disco 2000||Polyester Rules||vocals/composer|
|2000||Worship the King (Psalm 150)||Psalm 150 Project||vocals|
|2000||Black and White||Chris Marion||keys/voc./prod.|
|2000||Fishtales||Kathie Hill (Word)||keys/arr.|
|2000||Made for Praise (Younger Children) Vol 11||Made for Praise||keys/prod.|
|2000||2001 Vacation Bible School Project||Lifeway VBS||keys/voc/arr.|
|2001||Esther-Ordinary Faith||Kathie Hill (Word)||keys/arr.|
|2001||Sketches||Chris Marion (NCS)||keys/voc./prod.|
|2001||Operation Christmas Child||Kathie Hill (Word) (Dove nom.)||keys/arr.|
|2001||Twelve: A Journey Through the Life||Various||bass|
|2001||Spiritual Rhythms (vol. 2)||Various||vocals/comp.|
|2002||Woven in Time||Steve Green||vocals|
|2002||Good News From A Grave||Kathie Hill||keys/arr.|
|2003||Pieces||Chris Marion (NCS)||keys/voc/prod|
|2003||Made For Praise (younger children) vol. 13||Made For Praise (Lifeway)||keys/voc/prod|
|2003||Christmas SOCCER Team||Kathie Hill (Word) Dove nom.||keys/arr.|
|2004||Unashamed Love||Travis Cottrell||keys/voc|
|2004||2005 Vacation Bible School||Lifeway VBS||keys/voc/prod|
|2005||321 Broadway||Fannie Grace||keys|
|2005||2006 VBS||Lifeway VBS||keys/voc/prod|
|2006||Rearranged||Little River Band||keys/voc|
|2006||2007 VBS||Lifeway VBS||keys/voc/prod|
|2007||Standing Room Only||Little River Band||keys/voc|
|2007||We Call It Christmas||Little River Band||keys/voc|
|2007||2008 VBS||Lifeway VBS||keys/voc/prod|
|2008||2009 VBS||Lifeway VBS||keys/voc/prod
|2009||Outback||Little River Band||keys/voc|
|2009||2010 VBS||Lifeway VBS||keys/voc/prod|
|2010||Bridgette Tatum||Bridgette Tatum EP||keys|
|2010||2011 VBS||Lifeway VBS||keys/voc/prod|
|2011||A Little River Band Christmas||Little River Band||keys/voc/arr.|
|2012||Aaron Loy Band||Aaron Loy Band||keys/voc/prod|
|2012||2012 VBS||Lifeway VBS||keys/voc/prod|
|2012||TN Weather||Grits from Dumplin Valley||keys/voc/prod|
|2012||OffRoad||Samantha Agee and Off Road||keys/voc/prod|
||Cuts Like a Diamond
||Little River Band||keys/voc|