Chris Waters

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Chris Waters
Birth name Christopher Waters Dunn
Born San Antonio, Texas, U.S.[1]
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Labels Rio
Associated acts Terri Clark, Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw

Christopher Waters Dunn (born in San Antonio, Texas) is an American country music singer and songwriter, known professionally as Chris Waters. The brother of singer Holly Dunn, Waters has co-written singles for other artists, including Number Ones for Tim McGraw and Cyndi Thomson.

Biography[edit]

Christopher Waters Dunn was born in San Antonio, Texas.[1] He is the older brother of country music singer Holly Dunn.[1]

In 1980, he began recording under the name Chris Waters. He released the single "My Lady Loves Me (Just as I Am)," which he wrote with Keith Stegall. This song spent three weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles (now Hot Country Songs) charts, peaking at number 82 in November.[1] Billboard gave the song a positive review in its October 18, 1980 issue, saying that it "merits country airplay out of the box."[2] A second single, "It's Like Falling in Love (Over and Over Again)," peaked at 89 on the same chart in March 1981.[1] Waters also co-wrote "Sexy Eyes" for Dr. Hook in this timespan.[3]

After leaving the Rio label, Waters worked with Dunn,[1] who was recording on the MTM Records label at the time. Waters played acoustic guitar for her and co-wrote several of her songs with her, including the Top Ten hit "Daddy's Hands"[4] and the Number One hit "You Really Had Me Going," which he and Dunn wrote with Tom Shapiro.

Waters began writing songs for other artists in the 1990s and 2000s, including the Number One hits "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" by Tim McGraw, "You're Easy on the Eyes" by Terri Clark and "What I Really Meant to Say" by Cyndi Thomson, all of which won him awards from Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI).[5] Other songs for which he was awarded include Clark's debut single "Better Things to Do" and "That Ain't My Truck" by Rhett Akins,[5] both of which peaked at number 3. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Waters also served as vice president of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.[6]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions
US Country
1980 "My Lady Loves Me (Just as I Am)" 82
1981 "It's Like Falling in Love (Over and Over Again)" 89

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 449. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Top single picks". Billboard: 69. 18 October 1980. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Guinness. p. 748. ISBN 1-882267-01-X. 
  4. ^ Jack Hurst (14 August 1986). "Industry says youths do lend an ear". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Tommy Lee James and Chris Waters". Broadcast Music Incorporated. 14 April 2002. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  6. ^ John Goodspeed (26 April 2002). "Dunn returns with renewed drive". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 12 February 2010.