Multiple CCMA & JUNO Award nominee Chris Cummings has been a successful singer and songwriter since 1994. With more than 2 decades in the business, he has achieved an impressive sixteen Top 20 radio singles in Canada, with 9 of those songs charting in the Top 10 and two reaching all the way to #1.
An accomplished songwriter, Chris has co-written with Nashville hit-makers such as Don Schlitz, Gary Burr, Mac McAnally, Kim Williams, and Phillip Douglas. He has also co-written with east coast Canadian songwriters and artists such as Larry Wayne Clark, Mike Biggar, Eloie Richard, and many others.
As a writer, his songs appear on over 1.5 million units sold and have been recorded by notable American Country music stars Alabama, Ricochet, Bobby Bare, Daryl Singletary, and David Frizzell.
His debut album "Somewhere Inside" released on Warner Bros. Nashville label. The first single "I Waited" peaked at #3 on the Canadian Country Music Charts. A position it held for 3 weeks. Follow up single "Sure Enough" became his first #1 single starting a streak of 4 more singles charting in the top 10 (Somewhere Inside #9, Almost Always #10, Kind of Heart #1) until the 6th single peaked at #16.
On June 30, 1998 the "Somewhere Inside" album was certified Gold with over 65,000 units sold.
Chris' sophomore effort "Lonesomeville" spawned 2 top 5 hits "That'll Teach Her" hit #4 and "No One Hurts Me" climbed to #5. The video for "That'll Teach Her" peaked at #1 on CMT Canada. During this same year American Country Music super group Alabama's recording of Chris' song 20th Century (co-written with the great Don Schlitz) was nominated for a GRAMMY Award.
His next album was the uniquely titled "Ooh...That Could Cost Him The Gold, Bob" The Album contained 3 top ten singles (Cowboy Hats #10, Betty #5, Benefit of Doubt #10) as well as #3 and #2 peak positions for videos on CMT Canada for "Cowboy Hats" and "Benefit of Doubt" respectively.
Next a "Greatest Hits" package was released, led by hit single "Lucy Got Lucky" and a #1 video at CMT.
Chris had a hand in producing the album "Who Says You Can’t?" with singles "Dixie Beauxderaunt" and "For The Music" bringing him back to the top 20 on the BDS chart. The video for Dixie peaked at #3 at CMT.
Chris' most recent CD called "Give Me Tonight" features the hit single "Leavings Not An Option" (another co-write with Don Schlitz.)
He has appeared on the cover, with a feature article, in worldwide music publication "International Musician Magazine". His music is featured in Alliance Films worldwide movie release called SERVITUDE and he has performed on network television programs including The Ralph Emery Show, Crook and Chase, Nashville Now, Music City Tonight, CTV’s Canada AM, CBC, CNN, CMT, CMT Canada, IWK Telethon for Children, Christmas Daddies and more.
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS:
Awarded the RPM Big Country Music Award for Outstanding New Artist
Nominated - JUNO Awards for Country Male Vocalist - Three (3) times
Nominated - Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) for Wrangler Rising Star
Nominated - Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) for Male Artist of the Year - Two (2) times
*The Don Schlitz / Chris Cummings penned Alabama recording Twentieth Century was nominated for a GRAMMY Award.