Chris Waters

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Chris Waters
Birth name Christopher Waters Dunn
Born San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, culinary writer
Associated acts Terri Clark, Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw

Chris Waters (born Christopher Waters Dunn) is an American singer and songwriter, record producer, and culinary writer. He is the brother of country music recording artist, Holly Dunn


Chris Waters was raised in San Antonio, Texas, and holds a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Denver. After graduation, Chris worked in Nashville, Tennessee, as a songwriter and record producer for over 25 years. He retired from the music business in 2005 to pursue other areas of creative writing. He graduated top of his class from the San Antonio campus of the Culinary Institute of America in May 2007. Chris is now a freelance culinary writer and adjunct instructor at the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio.


Known professionally in the music business as Chris Waters, he co-wrote the number-one country songs "She Never Lets it Go to Her Heart" recorded by Tim McGraw, "You're Easy on the Eyes" and "When Boy Meets Girl" recorded by Terri Clark, "If Your Heart Ain't Busy Tonight" recorded by Tanya Tucker, "What I Really Meant to Say" recorded by Cyndi Thomson, and "You Really Had Me Going", which Waters co-wrote and co-produced with his sister, Holly Dunn.

Other BMI Award-winning songs he co-wrote include "Tequila Talkin'" recorded by Lonestar, "That Ain't My Truck" recorded by Rhett Akins, "Better Things to Do" recorded by Terri Clark, "Cadillac Ranch" recorded by Chris LeDoux, "Meant to Be" recorded by Sammy Kershaw, and "You Don't Count the Cost" by Billy Dean.[1]

He also co-wrote the inspirational song, "The Highest Praise", which was nominated for the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award Song of the Year in 1980. In the pop field, he co-wrote "Sexy Eyes" recorded by Dr. Hook and certified gold by the RIAA.[2]

He co-produced Terri Clark's first two albums for Mercury Records, Terri Clark [3] and Just the Same,[4] which were both certified platinum by the RIAA.

He was named Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Nashville, Writer of the Year in 1997 and a BMI Writer of the Century in 1999.[5]

Culinary writer[edit]

As Chris Waters Dunn, he writes articles as the "Chef's Secrets" writer who regularly appears in the San Antonio Express-News.[6]

He has written a book, with Cappy Lawton, entitled, Enchiladas: Aztec to TexMex,[7] published by Trinity University Press.[8]