About Chris Nole

Songwriter/composer, accomplished session musician, producer, and recording artist, Chris Nole performs both here in the United States and around the world. Chris has toured and recorded with numerous top recording acts including superstar Faith Hill, singer/songwriter icon John Denver, country-rocker Travis Tritt, Gospel-Pop-Country Music legends the Oak Ridge Boys, Don Williams, and acclaimed vocalist Shelby Lynne. Chris Nole's songs have been recorded by various recording artists ranging from Faith Hill to The Swamphonky's and have been used in such television productions as MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, HEROES, and E TRUE HOLLY WOOD STORY.  Read more...

  Career highlights:
• Chris Nole's music has had over 20 million plays on Pandora Internet Radio.
• Nov 1, 2017 - TOYLAND | a piano Christmas (Chris Nole)
• Aug 2, 2016 - IT BE WHAT IT BE (Chris Nole) 
• DON WILLIAMS 2013, 2014, & 2015 USA & UK Tours
• OAK RIDGE BOYS 2009, 2010, and 2011 CHRISTMAS Tours
• SWITZERLAND and ITALY CONCERTS May 2009 (Chris Nole / Mack Bailey / Pete Huttlinger Shows)
• CARNEGIE HALL - March 03, 2007 (with Mollie Weaver and Pete Huttlinger)
• THE WILDLIFE CONCERT John Denver’s A&E television special and platinum selling live record
• ALL ABOARD John Denver’s Grammy-winning record
• Travis Tritt’s ‘Burning Thunder’ Tour and CMT All Access television special.
• Faith Hill’s Grand Ole Opry, 'The Late Show' with David Letterman, and 'The Tonight Show' with Jay Leno debut performances.
• The CBS television movie special The John Denver Story
   (recorded with famed composer Lee Holdridge).
LET THIS BE A VOICE The PBS television documentary special Nature
• 2001 Holland/Belgium Chris Nole solo tour

”I feel I’ve been influenced by every great talent I’ve been fortunate enough to work
with - whether on the stage or in the studio. Every time I sit at the piano it seems I learn
something new – that’s what keeps me coming back for more! It never ceases to amaze me
the energy and fulfillment I receive from the creative process. Music fuels the fire inside of me” – Chris Nole

 



RECORDING & TELEVISION CREDITS:

All Music Recording Credits

TOYLAND | a piano Christmas (Chris Nole)

IT BE WHAT IT BE (Chris Nole)

GREENE MACHINE (with Ed Greene, Alfons Kettner, & Bob Marinelli)

ALL OF MY MEMORIES: THE JOHN DENVER COLLECTION (John Denver)

REFLECTIONS (Don Williams)

NOTHIN' LIKE THE SOUTH (Charlie Zahm)

UNSUNG HERO - A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF RON DAVIES (Various Artists)

LOVE SONG - A TRIBUTE TO JOHN DENVER (Cathy Gianfala Carriere)

KEEPIN' IT REAL (Charlie Wood)

ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW (Chris Nole)

EXPOSED SOUL (Barry Greenfield)

HEADIN TO THE MOUNTAINS (Christopher Westfall)

LIKE A BUTTERFLY (Brittany Allyn)

CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE (Mack Bailey)

LITTLE RUM BOOGIE (Chris Nole)

FLY AWAY - Piano Perspectives - The Music of John Denver (Chris Nole)

SONGS OF THE WIDE HORIZON (Chris Nole)

WHY I'M HERE (Mack Bailey)

SONGS OF THE HIGH COUNTRY  (Chris Nole)

THE HARBOR LIGHTS CONCERT (John Denver)

CAUGHT IN THE WEBB (A tribute to Webb Pierce)
with Emmy Lou Harris, Willie Nelson, Pam Tillis, Crystal Gale, Guy Clark, Gail Davies, The Jordanaires and others.

JOHN DENVER CHRISTMAS IN CONCERT

THE WILDLIFE CONCERT (John Denver)  live double Platinum CD for Sony Music.

THE BEST OF JOHN DENVER LIVE Sony Music. Platinum Record. Piano, synth, vocals.

ALL ABOARD (John Denver) Sony Wonder Music. 1997 Grammy Award Winning Recording

GAIL DAVIES ANTHOLOGY The Best of Gail Davies

THE HIT LIST (Jim Horn)

FAITH HILL/ALLTEL TV/Radio campaign - Nole songs: Freedom, Change, and The Sound Of Your Voice

A CHRIS NOLE CHRISTMAS (Chris Nole)

COLORS IN TIME (Chris Nole and Pete Huttlinger)
Musical memories of John Denver.

COLORS IN TIME, VOLUME 2 (Chris Nole and Pete Huttlinger)
Musical memories of John Denver

BARREL HOUSE BOOGIE PIANO (Chris Nole)

THREE SEASONS (Chris Nole)
 



TELEVISION CREDITS:

NBC's HEROES - Season 1 (episode 20) Chris Nole & Bonny Moon's song YOU DO

E TRUE HOLLY WOOD STORY (Nicole Kidman) Chris Nole & Bonny Moon's song RIVER'S RISING

THE JOHN DENVER STORY CBS Television movie soundtrack

THE WILDLIFE CONCERT (John Denver)  Arts & Entertainment Channel

CMT ALL ACCESS (Travis Tritt)

ON THE VERGE Cyndi Thomson CMT television special

LET THIS BE A VOICE - PBS special with John Denver featuring songs from Colors In Time
 



PRESS & REVIEWS

IT BE WHAT IT BE

Review by Brett Stewart | Independent Spotlight

"Every note resonates with purpose and is executed with laser-sharp precision.The recordings sound spectacular, too. From the title track to the contemplative finale,  Nole and company sound absolutely fantastic. Each mix is perfectly organized and each master is a pleasant experience on any set of speakers. Nole sets the gold  standard for independent artists."

ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW
Review by Radioindy.com / Sean B.

"Another Point of View" is the latest CD from Chris Nole. It is an album that features piano songs that spring from the blues and jazz but come out in a funky and contemporary style. In the opener, "Careless Love", Chris expounds upon love in a toe-tapping, yet mellow, bluesy song which features some great expressions on the keys. On "When the Saints Go Marching In," Nole offers up a fresh approach to a classic tune in a fun, creole-jazz manner. "When You Go" might be the best song as Chris croons alongside his synthesizer and strings in a pleasant low tempo. This album is really a gifted piano player taking jazz and blues foundations and building upon them in a groovy, almost pop-like fashion. Whether you enjoy Randy Newman or the piano-based songs of Billy Joel, Chris Nole’s CD, "Another Point of View," is something that could be just right for you.

LITTLE RUM BOOGIE
Nothing little about it...Huge WOW!!
Review by Stephanie Dubick - CMT / Treehouse Music NetWorks
Rating: 5 out of 5 STARS

"Chris Nole’s originality as an artist continues to escalate with his latest release and first vocal record Little Rum Boogie (Sound Works Music Group, Inc., 2006). Little Rum Boogie is Nole’s music on an entirely new level that will not leave you disappointed. I was instantly drawn to Nole’s ruggedly incomparable vocal sound that is integrated with a distinctive blend of blues, jazz, soul, and ballads that define the style of this record. This combined with the right songwriting ingredients cook up the red-hot result of Little Rum Boogie. The music takes you on a journey through life’s ups and downs, and the record is structured the same way. The tracks are arranged to bring to light universal changes in one’s life, alternating from songs that bring to mind that it is okay not to take life so seriously (“Little Rum Boogie,” “Down Home Time,” “Foo Foo Food,” “Can’t Take It With You When You Go”) to those that give you the freedom to feel the bumps in the road (“Slow Road,” “Tears Tell on You,” “Saint Christopher and Me”). The songs have a deep simplicity that take you through the growth and progress of what life is about with the honest sentiment you are both on the same ride. It is exciting to hear Nole venture beyond his instrumental recordings to confirm what he can do as a songwriter. He is definitely one to pay attention to."

FLY AWAY
Yeah - I Remember The Music
Review by R J Lannon - New Age Reporter.com
Rating: GOOD

"I have to be honest. I wasn’t going to review this album. It’s just that I have this thing about covers. I remember music the way I first heard it and I don’t want any other variations spoiling my memories. But fair is fair and I put the CD in the player and I was… spellbound. The simplistic beauty of Chris Nole’s solo piano and the memory of John Denver’s music took me back to when life was different for me"

SONGS OF THE WIDE HORIZON
I am in love with this album!
Review by Bill Binkelman - Wind and Wire
Rating: "my highest recommendation"

"Songs of the Wide Horizon easily earns my highest recommendation. Grab this one before fall arrives, because when the leaves turn red and gold, the skies is that comforting blend of sun and clouds, and the breeze carries a hint of frost, you're going to want it when you set off in search of that perfect two-lane highway running all the way to the setting sun. Can't you just feel it in your bloodstream? I sure can!? 

BARREL HOUSE BOOGIE PIANO
destined to become a classic
Reviewed on Amazon.com
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"You cannot be in a bad mood while listening to good boogie piano, just like its hard
to be in a bad mood while wearing a colorful Hawaiian shirt. Chris Nole has created a masterpiece of good boogie, which is amazing because few artists (beyond Johnnie Johnson) are making current boogie piano music. This CD is original, well performed, professionally mixed, and destined to become a classic in this fabulous genre of music." P Quillen - Amazon.com

"Boogie is like fuel to me...I've got to have it to live. After cutting my teeth on Claude Bolling and other great piano players, Nole stands out as a modern star. Unlike the re-released recordings from the 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s, the quality of the recording is excellent-all the better to hear Nole's handywork. Not only is he exceptional, but each cut is a little different...some a bit funkier, some with gospel roots, etc. Some cuts feature artists on drums, bass, guitar and juice harp, but these players never overpower the black-and-whites. Fantastic addition to any boogie collection...my current new favorite (sorry Mr. B from Ann Arbor... you've been displaced)." R Roy - Amazon.com