HymnCharts Arranger Works With Producer Brown Bannister

Brown Bannister

Chris Sligh went from singing HymnCharts demos in my spare bedroom to making the top 10 of American Idol. After all that crazy excitement Chris moved to Nashville, got a record deal and ended up working with the top Christian producer of all time – Grammy award winning producer Brown Bannister. This guy has been around since the early days of Christian music – he actually co-produced Amy Grant’s first recording back in 1977!

Brown produced Chris’ debut CD which spawned the top 10 Christian single Empty Me. Because I had orchestrated some songs on Chris’ independent recording Brown decided to use me to orchestrate them on the new CD. I also worked on the new songs Loaded Gun and Vessel.

One of my favorite string arrangements was for the song Loaded Gun – Chris wanted it to sound similar to the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby. That one really gave the session players a workout. Hear some soundclips below.

LISTEN: Loaded Gun
LISTEN: In a Moment

Here’s a video of Chris singing Empty Me with me playing the piano for him at a church:


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