With two Big Band musicians as parents and melodies filling his childhood home, it was nearly inevitable that Chris Browning would find his way to a musical instrument, and he did. After a year of piano lessons encouraged by his mom, Chris knew without a doubt he had no desire to tickle the ivories. Instead, his true love and natural talent was … the guitar.
Inspired by the music of favorite bands like the Beatles, Cream, and Led Zeppelin, Chris asked for an electric guitar for his 13th birthday—a gift that changed his life forever. Hours upon hours of practicing led to joining his first band which ignited a love for playing music that accompanied Chris throughout his life.
Joining the Band
Though his childhood had been filled with music, his teen years saw Chris creating it. Along with junior high friends Greg Anderson, Doug Adams, and Billy Warren, Chris started writing and performing music as the electric guitar player in his first band, The Emblems. The band wrote and performed several songs, and thanks to Chris’s dad who worked at RCA records, they were able to record a couple 45’s that received great local acclaim.
In 1975, Chris along with former bandmates Billy and Doug joined Rich Gootee and Greg Anderson as part of the band Good Seed. For more than a decade, Good Seed recorded several albums and played live shows across the nation. Eventually, life called the guys toward different directions, but Chris never stopped pursuing his passion.