Chris Marion Bio

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.

         Chris Marion Discography

A fairly comprehensive discography of recorded works and contributions

                    To purchase any title, please click on the hyperlink and you will be magically transported to the appropriate retail outlet.                 Obviously, stuff that i played on 30 some years ago is impossible to purchase and it's probably for your protection.

  Year                                    Title                            Artist    Contribution
 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
Kathie Hill keys/arr.
 1993 My Wife, My Life
Charlie Chase keys/vocals/production
 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.
 1998 Legacy Chris Marion keys/voc./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 Rama Discorama vocals/bass
 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 Pearl Brick
Pearl Brick
 2006 Rearranged Little River Band keys/voc
 2006 Marvelous Light Elevate bass
 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

For a comprehensive song list of titles by Chris Marion on Song Select by CCLI

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