Songwriter of “Love Me If You Can," "Don't Blink," "I'm Tryin'," and "People Loving People"
With his unique gift for finding the extraordinary in ordinary life, Chris Wallin has established himself as one of Nashville's most sought-after songwriters.
For years, Wallin has topped the charts with classics-in-the-making for the industry's biggest stars. Some of his huge hits include “Love Me If You Can” by Toby Keith, "Don't Blink" by Kenny Chesney, “I’m Tryin’” by Trace Adkins, “Something to Be Proud Of” and “Speed” by Montgomery Gentry, "People Loving People" by Garth Brooks and many more. Wallin is in an elite club of songwriters whom have actually knocked THEMSELVES out of the number one Billboard spot.
Raised in the small town in East Tennessee, Wallin was influenced by the likes of Jim Croce, James Taylor and Merle Haggard as well as his own musical family – especially his mother, a singer herself. She recorded and performed in Nashville for a time, and the experience made an indelible impression on the seven-year-old Wallin. He and his mother lived in an apartment on top of the infamous bar called “The Turf” on Broadway in downtown Nashville. His mother sang there at night
Wallin began writing songs at age 12 and, perhaps inevitably, moved to Music City several years later, making the dues-paying rounds of writers’ nights and songwriting contests. He caught a break when his songs caught the ear of a small publishing company – King Lizard Music, helping to launch him on a professional career.
Wallin has worked hard to achieve his place on the “A List” of Nashville songwriters, and doesn't take his status for granted.
“Back then I used to buy 50 or so McDonald's .29 cent hamburgers a week and freeze them solid,” he said. “I could eat all week on $15. They weren’t bad, except the last few get a little crusty from freezer burn.”
Artists who have cut Wallin’s songs include Lorrie Morgan, Garth Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Sammy Kershaw, Tommy Shane Steiner, Trace Adkins, Michael Peterson, Anthony Smith, Jeffrey Steele, Confederate Railroad, Neal McCoy, Brian McComas, Brad Paisley, Joe Diffie, Diamond Rio, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and many, many more.