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Chris Carmichael, Violin, Viola, Cello, Mandolin, Fiddle, Arranger

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Steve Conn
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Vince Bell
Will Kimbrough

Featured Artist:

Chris Carmichael
Violin, Viola, Cello, Mandolin, Fiddle, Arranger

Chris Carmichael is a musician and arranger born in San Antonio, Texas on July 6, 1962. The son of an Air Force fighter pilot, Chris moved extensively before taking up the violin while living in Hampton, Virginia. After moving to Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1975, he entered into more formal training - studying violin with Western Kentucky University professor Betty Pease (a former student of Ivan Galamian) for eight years. While in the university environment, Chris also studied music theory, composition, orchestral and chamber performance under teachers; Dr. David Livingston (a former student of composer Roy Harris), Vsevolod Lezhnev, (principal cellist with the Moscow Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras) and Leon Gregorian (head of Michigan State University's conducting program).

After his formal training, he began a career as a touring musician for various artists in several genres including outlandish entertainers Joe Savage and Jason D. Williams (RCA).

After moving to Nashville, Tennessee in the late 1980s, his group Fifteen Strings - a hard rock band - landed a major record deal with Atlantic Records in New York. A few years later, he signed as a staff writer for Warner/Chappell in New York, but remained a Nashville resident.

In the early 1990s, Chris transitioned in to full time studio work and arranging. His orchestral arrangements have been performed by major groups such as the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Carmichael's television and radio appearances include the 71st Academy Awards, The Tonight Show, The Academy of Country Music Awards, The Country Music Association Awards, CBS Morning Show, The View, A Prairie Home Companion, and many others.

Arrangements of distinction include the string quartet arrangement of Tim McGraw's "If You're Reading This" which originally aired at the 2007 Academy of Country Music awards show, and later became a single release.

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