A Grandmother's Prayer: Moments in a Music Life
By Chris Christian
Chris Christian grew up in Abilene, Texas, as Chris Smith before hitting it big in the music business in Nashville and Los Angeles. He tells his inspiring story in his new book, A Grandmother’s Prayer: Moments in a Music Life.
Chris started out as a singer, guitarist, and banjo player, and played with Wayne Newton in Las Vegas before going to Nashville and then LA to make his name as a songwriter, record producer, and recording artist. Hundreds of his songs have been recorded by some of the biggest names in pop and contemporary Christian music, including Elvis Presley, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, The Carpenters, B.J. Thomas, Dionne Warwick, Donnie and Marie Osmond, and Chris himself. He even recorded two Christmas albums with Coach Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s.
His book begins in Abilene with a grandmother’s prayer, a fourth grade teacher’s encouragement, and a father’s $100 gift, which put him on the track to a remarkable career in music.
Chris’s story shows how relationships formed early in his career led from one opportunity to another. At the end of the book, he offers a concise two-page summary of the most important lessons he has learned in his life, one of them being: “Despite what people say, it’s not who you know that leads to success. It’s who likes you.”
Hardcover, 246 pages. Black & white and color photography.