June 14, 2012
Chris Gantry (Christopher Cedzich) was born December 29th, 1942 in Queens, New York. He began his career as a singer/songwriter at age fourteen with a recording contract for Paramount Records. He moved to Nashville in 1963, after three years at Bethel College in McKenzie, Tennessee.
Chris has written more than 1,000 songs – some of them as collaborations with Nashville’s best – Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Shel Silverstein, and Eddie Rabbit.
Seventy of his songs were recorded by various artist; Roy Clark, Johnny Cash, Sonny Curtis, Robert Goulet, Wayne Newton, Johnny Lee, Reba McEntire, Billy Walker, Garry Pucket and Rhett Akins, including “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife”, by Glen Campbell. “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife” won three M.M.I awards plus the Millionaire’s Award for over two million Performances. It also won the Nashville’s Songwriter Award in 1968. Chris recorded five albums for Monument and ABC Dot Records.
Gypsy Dreamers in the Alley won’t help aspiring professional songwriters wanting to learn to network, to write for the charts or to co-write with speed and accessibility. It might help folks who want affirmation that it’s OK to burn for art, and who are energized by the suggestion that distinction and vulnerability are things to shoot for rather than things to brush under the rug. It can help people who start out great and want to learn how not to mess it up. Peter Cooper, The (Nashville) Tennessean
Singer-songwriter Chris Gantry, photographed Aug. 20, 2013 in Nashville, Tenn., is a remarkably creative writer who is celebrating his 50th year in Nashville and has written a book about songwriting life. (Photo: John Partipillo, The Tennessean)
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