He adds: '''T-Bone Burnett is a frequent client of the Village Recorder so I have been able to collaborate with his engineers Jason Wormer and Mike Piersante many times in the past few years. Jason started out his engineering career at The Village so he is very familiar with the studio. I really enjoyed the mixes of the songs that Jason put together and his attention to detail during recording and mixing.''
Flipping through Modern Drummer, he saw an ad for the Berklee College of Music.
''As much as I loved Kentucky, in 2002, I made the move to Boston to pursue a degree in Music Production and Engineering,'' Chris recalls.
Three years later, ''my degree and I moved to Los Angeles to supplement my college education with actual hands-on experience in the music industry capital.''
This was when he embarked on his new career at the Village Recorder, quickly moving up to senior engineer.
''With my technical background and love of music that grew from a childhood soundtrack of bands such as Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Van Halen, and Pink Floyd, it quickly became clear that Music Engineering and Mixing was my obvious career path....and I really don't miss Kentucky.
''Besides Elton, I have had the pleasure of working with artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay, the Smashing Pumpkins, Ben Harper, Stevie Nicks, the Cars, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, Seal, the Chieftains, Kris Kristofferson, Joe Bonamassa, Daniel Powter, and Smokey Robinson . . . to name a few!
''So I've found my current career to be much more rewarding both personally and professionally. The opportunity to work with incredible musicians and incredible songwriters has been far more inspiring than any desk job I ever had.''