Chris began playing the piano at age seven, when his painter grandmother first got him interested in music. At age 14, he was earning money as a musician, participating in several rock bands during his high school years. Following his graduation from high school, he enrolled at the College of William and Mary where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music.

Chris' performance of Chopin's 2nd Concerto with the Richmond Symphony earned him a fellowship at the University of Richmond, where he acquired a Master's degree in Music. Additionally, while pursuing his degree, Chris was soloist with the Richmond Community Symphony Orchestra.

Upon graduation from the University of Richmond, Chris took his act on the road for six years, during which time he was featured at numerous supper clubs and resorts in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, West Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. When Chris returned to his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, he released his first album, ''Wind of Change," in 1990, which included eight original compositions, as well as Johnny Mercer's "Satin Doll and Antonio Joabim's "Wave".

Then, in 1993 Chris found his niche with the release of "Southern Charm & Swing," a tribute to the works of Johnny Mercer This selection of 10 songs, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and arrangements by the late Ken Palmer, thrust Chris into the spotlight, enabling him to develop a significant following in the coastal regions of the Southeast. In fact, this project formed the foundation for Chris' appearance as headline entertainer for the Gala Opening of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in September 1996. During this performance, he was accompanied by Connie Haines, former big band vocalist with Frank Sinatra, Harry James, and Tommy Dorsey, for a medley of Mercer favorites.

Following "Southern Charm & Swing," Chris became actively involved with The Friends of Johnny Mercer, where he served as Vice President and President. Through their efforts, April 19 was proclaimed Johnny Mercer Day in the state of Georgia by Governor Zel Miller. In this regard, Chris has organized and promoted many special events, including a collaboration with Set Sail for Savannah! to establish an annual festival series paying tribute to Mercer. During the 1994 Inaugural Festival, the Chris Chandler Connection opened for Mel Torme Chris also served as the Technical Production Coordinator for the concert and festival.

Chris is the 1995, 1996 and 1997 recipient of the ASCAP Popular Song Award for musical selections from his most recent recording project, "Lover's Holiday," released in 1997 Produced on Chandler's independent label, Playing Dude Records, "Lover's Holiday" is an eclectic mix of originals and includes tunes which may be termed jazz and adult contemporary. Mixed and mastered at Disney Studios in Orlando, Florida, the CD features Dan Toler, former guitarist with the Allman Brothers, on four of the 10 tracks. Additionally, the exceptional horn work (both trumpet and fluegle horn) of Dave Ferguson, 1996 Helen Hayes Award winner is showcased on the final two songs of the album. It also features the co-production talents of independent Polygram record producer Ken Hatley. Additionally, tracks from this project have been submitted to the Jonathan Krane Group for possible use in the soundtrack of the upcoming feature film "Lay of the Land." The proposed title track "Lay of the Land" is featured on "Lover's Holiday " The CD can be found at Blockbuster Music on Peachtree in the Jazz Room.

Chris Chandler is supported by as many as 10 musicians, with a band foundation that features Allen Murphy (toured with Count Basie) on drums/vocals, George Grier (featured on Curtis Mayfield's most recent album) on acoustic/electric bass, and Dave Ferguson (Helen Hayes Award winner and session player with the Stone Temple Pilots) on trumpet/fluegle horn. They can perform in various configurations. from solo to big band, to accommodate any event size, from intimate gatherings to gala affairs.







Jerry Jeff Walker - Mr. Bojangles

  • Motown, R&B, Soul
    Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools
    Aretha Franklin - Natural Woman
    Aretha Franklin - R-E-S-P-E-C-T
    Otis Redding/Black Crowes - Hard to Handle
    Roberta Flack - I Feel Like Making Love
    Smokey Robinson - Just My Imagination
  • Standards, Swing, and Jazz
    Big Band & Swing - A Fine Romance
    Big Band & Swing - A-Train
    Big Band & Swing - And The Angels Sing
    Big Band & Swing - Autumn Leaves
    Big Band & Swing - Basin St. Blues
    Big Band & Swing - Blues In The Night
    Big Band & Swing - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
    Big Band & Swing - C-Jam Blues
    Big Band & Swing - Canadian Sunset
    Big Band & Swing - Choo Choo Cha Boogie
    Big Band & Swing - Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    Big Band & Swing - Don't Mean A Thing Ifá It Ain't Got Swing
    Big Band & Swing - Hello Dolly
    Big Band & Swing - Hey Jealous Lover
    Big Band & Swing - I Get A Kick Out Of You
    Big Band & Swing - I Remember You
    Big Band & Swing - I'm Old Fashioned
    Big Band & Swing - In A Sentimental Mood
    Big Band & Swing - Inthe Mood
    Big Band & Swing - Jeepers Creepers
    Big Band & Swing - Laura
    Big Band & Swing - Moonlight Serenade
    Big Band & Swing - My Funny Valentine
    Big Band & Swing - New York, New York
    Big Band & Swing - Nice N Easy
    Big Band & Swing - Night And Day
    Big Band & Swing - Peanuts Theme
    Big Band & Swing - Route 66
    Big Band & Swing - S'wonderful
    Big Band & Swing - San Francisco
    Big Band & Swing - Satin Doll
    Big Band & Swing - Satin Doll
    Big Band & Swing - Saturday Night Fish-Fry
    Big Band & Swing - Someone To Watch Over Me
    Big Band & Swing - Something's Gotta Give
    Big Band & Swing - St. Louis Blues
    Big Band & Swing - Stardust
    Big Band & Swing - Stompin' At The Savoy
    Big Band & Swing - Stormy Weather
    Big Band & Swing - Strangers In The Night
    Big Band & Swing - String Of Pearls
    Big Band & Swing - Summertime
    Big Band & Swing - Take Five
    Big Band & Swing - Tangerine
    Big Band & Swing - Tenderly
    Big Band & Swing - The Days Of Wine And Roses
    Big Band & Swing - The Way You Look Tonight
    Big Band & Swing - They Can't Take That Away
    Big Band & Swing - Things Ain't What They Used To Be
    Big Band & Swing - This Time The Dream's On Me
    Big Band & Swing - Tommy Dorsey Boogie Woogie
    Big Band & Swing - Tuxedo Junction
    Big Band & Swing - Wave
    Ella Fitzgerald - April in Paris
    Ella Fitzgerald - September in the Rain
    Ella Fitzgerald - Thats All
    Frank Sinatra - Come Fly Away
    Harry Belafonte - Jamaica Farewell
    Jazz Crusaders - Mercy Mercy
    Natalie Cole - Pink Cadillac
    Sade - Smooth Operator
    Sarah Vaughn - Someone to Watch Over Me
    Sarah Vaughn - They Cant Take That Away From Mr. Summertime
    Standards - 'Lil Darlin'
    Standards - Acheson, Topeka & Santa Fe
    Standards - Ain't Misbehavin'
    Standards - Alexander's Ragtime Band
    Standards - All Of Me
    Standards - All The Things You Are
    Standards - Alright, Okay
    Standards - Anything Goes
    Standards - As Time Goes By
    Standards - Autumn Leaves
    Standards - Baby, Baby I Love You
    Standards - Begin The Beguine
    Standards - Bill Bailey
    Standards - Blue Skies
    Standards - Caldonia
    Standards - Cheek To Cheek
    Standards - Cheek To Cheek
    Standards - Days Of Wine And Roses
    Standards - Deed I Do
    Standards - Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me
    Standards - Do You Know What Means Miss New Orleans
    Standards - Early Autumn
    Standards - Entertainer
    Standards - Everyday I Have The Blues
    Standards - Foggy Day
    Standards - Georgia
    Standards - Girl From Ipanema
    Standards - Goody Goody
    Standards - Got You Under My Skin
    Standards - Honeysuckle Rose
    Standards - I Could Write A Book
    Standards - I Got Rhythm
    Standards - I Wanna Be Around
    Standards - I've Got You Under My Skin
    Standards - It Had To Be You
    Standards - Its Alright With Me
    Standards - Jeepers Creepers
    Standards - Lady Is A Tramp
    Standards - Laura
    Standards - Laura's Theme
    Standards - Let The Good Times Roll
    Standards - Maple Leaf Rag
    Standards - Misty
    Standards - Moon River
    Standards - Moonlight In Vermont
    Standards - My One And Only Love
    Standards - My Romance
    Standards - Nightingale Sang In Barclay Square
    Standards - Old Black Magic
    Standards - Our Love Is Here To Stay
    Standards - Pardon My Southern Accent
    Standards - Rhapsody In Blue
    Standards - Since I Fell For You
    Standards - Skylark
    Standards - Solace
    Standards - St. Thomas
    Standards - Sunny Side Of The Street
    Standards - Sweet Georgia Brown
    Standards - Tangerine
    Standards - Tequila
    Standards - This Time The Dream's On Me
    Standards - Travelin' Light
  • Motown, Oldies, and Beach
    Ben E. King - Stand By Me
    Chuck Berry - C'est La Vie
    Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
    Chuck Berry - No Particular Place To Go
    Coasters - Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
    Dobie Gray - Drift Away
    Drifters - 39-21-40 Shape
    Drifters - Spanish Harlem
    Drifters - Under The Boardwalk
    Elvis - All Shook Up
    Elvis - Blue Suede Shoes
    Elvis - Can't Help Fallin' In Love
    Elvis - Don't Be Cruel
    Elvis - Heartbreak Hotel
    Four Tops - Can't Help Myself
    Jerry Lee Lewis - Chantilly Lace
    Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls Of Fire
    Little Richard - Long Tall Sally
    Nat King Cole - Route 66
    Otis Redding - Dock Of The Bay
    Ray Charles - Tell Me What I Say
    Ray Charles - You Don't Know Me
    Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
    Sam & Dave - Bring It On Hometo Me
    Sam & Dave - Soul Man
    Sam & Dave - Sweet Soul Music
    Sam Cooke - You Send Me
    Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg
    Temptations - How Sweet It Is
    Temptations - My Girl
    Wilson Pickett - Knock On Wood
    Wilson Pickett - Midnight Hour
    Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
  • R&B, Funk, and Disco
    Bill Withers - Lean On Me
    James Brown - I Feel Good
    James Brown - Living In America
    James Brown - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
    James Brown - Try Me
    Kool & The Gang - Celebration
    Marvin Gaye - Heard It Through The Grapevine
  • Acoustic, Folk, and Blues
    Billie Holiday - God Bless the Child
    Bo Diddley - Can't Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover
    Cat Stevens - Wild World
    Etta James - At Last
  • Modern, Alternative, and Classic Rock
    Average White Band - Pickin' Up The Pieces
    Beatles - Act Naturally
    Beatles - Back In The Ussr
    Beatles - Day Tripper
    Beatles - Hey Jude
    Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There
    Beatles - Lady Madonna
    Beatles - Let It Be
    Beatles - One After 109
    Beatles - She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
    Beatles - Something
    Beatles - When I'm 64
    Beatles - Yesterday
    Billy Joel - Baby Grand
    Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are
    Billy Joel - New York State Of Mind
    Billy Joel - Piano Man
    Billy Joel - Rootbeer Rag
    Billy Joel - She's Always A Woman
    Blues Brothers - Sweet Home Chicago
    Bob Seeger - Old Time Rook N Roll
    Credence Clearwater - Proud Mary
    Elton John - Crocodile Rock
    Elton John - Daniel
    Elton John - Rocket Man
    Elton John - Tiny Dancer
    Elton John - Your Song
    Eric Ciapton - I Shot The Sheriff
    Hall & Oates - Sarah Smile
    Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
    Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man
    Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville
    Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville
    Jimmy Buffett - Pirate Looks At 40
    Paul Simon - Bridge Over Troubled Waters
    Paul Simon - Late In The Evening
    Procol Harem - Whiter Shade At Pale
    Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately
    Steely Dan - Dirty Work
    Steely Dan - My Old School
    Steely Dan - Rikki Don't Lose That Number
    Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison - Domino
    Van Morrison - Moon Dance
  • Other Songs
    Joe Williams - 'Deed I Do
    Joe Williams - Alright, Okay
    Joe Williams - Drink Muddy Water
    Johnny Rivers - Bright Sunshiny Day
    Johnny Rivers - Rockin' Pneumonia
    Maurice Williams - Stay
    Michael Franks - Monkey See Monkey Do
    Michael Franks - Mr. Blue
    Michael Franks - Popsicle Toes
    Mose Allison - Live The Life I Love, Love The Life I Live
    Tony Orlando - He Don't Love You
    Weather Report - Birdland