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Meet Chris Chickering

Chris Chickering is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, musician, bestselling author, and social entrepreneur whose musical mission is to write and perform songs that uplift, unite, and inspire. His passion for personal growth inspired him to write songs that speak to the core of the human condition.

Chris grew up in San Francisco and has been influenced by artists such as Tom Petty, Jason Isbell, Cat Stevens, John Mellencamp, and Ray LaMontagne to create his unique message-driven sound.

He is an ideal choice to perform or present at any event related to wellness, personal growth, healing, empowerment, unity, psychology, consciousness, leadership, or raising awareness about a worthwhile cause.

Chris Chickering is an EmPower Music and Arts award-winner. His songs have been featured in the major motion picture Miles Between Us (“A Little More Heaven…”), endorsed by New York Times bestselling author Bob Proctor, and used by The Tony Robbins Foundation, as well as by prominent alternative medicine author, Deepak Chopra.


Chris’ albums include Shine (2012), Living in the Now (2013)The Resurrection of Me (2014), The Better Side (2015), Regeneration (2015), and The Hero’s Journey (2017). Chris’ albums and songs can be heard and downloaded on all streaming platforms such as Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and Amazon. CDs and Merch are available for purchase on Chris’ official store.

Shine was produced, engineered, and co-written by 2x Emmy-winning composer Ron Alan Cohen (Saturday Night Live, The Sopranos). His next five albums were produced by and co-written with 3x Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated composer Greg Barnhill (Tim McGraw, Chicago) with engineering overseen by Greg Bieck (Hall & Oates, Train) and Mills Logan (Toby Keith, Taylor Swift).


As a musician, he performs as a soloist, duet, trio, or with his full band, Chris Chickering and the Now at Festivals, Conferences, Seminars, Corporate Trainings, Retreats, Panels, High Schools, and Colleges (incl. commencements), Places of Worship, and Private Events.

Musicians who have played on Chris’ albums include Dan Dugmore (The Eagles), Tony Lucido (Keith Urban), Vail Johnson (Kenny G), Mike Durham (Dave Matthews), Greg Barnhill (Tim McGraw), Dennis Matkosky (“Maniac”), Ilya Tochinskiy (Carrie Underwood), Tim Lauer (Cheap Trick), Jimmy Wallace (The Wallflowers), Greg Bieck (Hall & Oates), Tim Galloway (Gary Allen), John Kurzweg (Jewel), Mike Payne (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Jim Hoke (Bob Seger), and many more…


Chris’ #1 bestselling books, Next Level Your Life and Persistence, Pivots and Game Changers are available free here (PDF downloads) and on Amazon. (Next Level…) (Persistence, Pivots…)

These personal development books bring you story after story of transformation and growth from Phil Collen of Def Leppard, Actor Glenn Morshower, Amberly Lago, Chris Chickering, Founder of Jim Rohn International, Marketer, and Speaker Kyle Wilson, Speaker, Author, and CEO of Ziglar.com Tom Ziglar, Spiritual Writer and Author of Vibrate Higher Daily Lalah Delia, Former Navy SEAL and Leadership Trainer TC Cummings, Top Global Speaker and 10x Author Simon T. Bailey, Producer, and CEO of The LA Tribune Moe Rock — and many more!


Chris holds an MA in Counseling with certifications and training in Solution-focused Brief Therapy, EMDR, NLP, hypnosis, accelerated learning, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, motivational interviewing, addiction recovery, and advanced leadership training with Tony Robbins.

Chris Chickering is passionate about helping people build upon their inner strengths and fulfill their untapped potential.  Chris is known for his collaborative, respectful approach, entertaining presentation style, and infectious enthusiasm for whatever he is doing. He delivers trainings and presentations and provides solution-focused coaching and therapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups.  As a speaker and trainer, Chris often uses humor, storytelling, and sleight-of-hand magic to educate, entertain, and engage.


Prior to becoming a mental health professional, he served as an EMT/Firefighter, television marketing executive, and director of business development for a premiere provider of self-improvement, education, and health programs.

In 2007, Chris founded Guru Authority, an online marketing agency that helped A-List personal and professional growth experts increase their profits and reach through lucrative joint venture partnerships. A few of Chris’ clients include Jack Canfield, Bob Proctor, Russell Brunson, and Brian Tracy.

In this role, Chris served as an agent and trusted advisor, curating over 300 relevant, high-quality, self-improvement programs for his clients to share with their lists, while connecting thousands of everyday people with extraordinary resources to help them live the lives they deserve.


Chris is a lifelong fitness enthusiast. He enjoys high-intensity interval training, hiking in the mountains of his hometown, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and migrating to warm-weather locations in winter.

To inquire about working with Chris as a musician or speaker, therapist/coach/consultant, or trainer, or to discuss potential partnerships, fill out the form on the Booking Page, email hello@chrischickering.com, or schedule a 15 to 20-minute call with Chris here.

Personal Statement

“I’ve picked myself up off the ground more times than I can remember. I stay on track by focusing on things I can control like putting in the work, getting off the bench, and on to the arena of life — as opposed to focusing on things I can’t control like what others think or how things will ultimately turn out. I keep the train moving forward by breaking challenges into the smallest possible steps and always strive to remember: the joy is in the journey.”

– Chris Chickering