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Meet Chris Chickering

Chris Chickering is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, and #1 bestselling author. His passion for personal growth, and career as a psychotherapist, inspired him to write songs that cut to the core of the human condition.

A song can open the heart. A song can heal. A song can even unite those who are deeply divided. Chris’ songs and live performances are born from those beliefs.

Chris grew up in San Francisco and has been influenced by artists such as Cat Stevens, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Van Morrison, and Ray LaMontagne to create his unique message-driven sound.

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…”), and used by The Tony Robbins Foundation, as well as by prominent alternative medicine author, Deepak Chopra. He enjoys performing at events related to personal growth, healing, wellness, empowerment, unity, psychology, leadership, or raising awareness about a worthwhile cause.


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). His songs can be heard on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and Amazon, and are available for licensing and purchase through all major distributors and on Chris’ official store.

Shine was produced, engineered, and co-written by 2x Emmy-winning composer Ron Alan Cohen (Saturday Night Live, The Sopranos).

Chris Chickering’s 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).


For each of his albums, Chris is honored to have collaborated with many highly-acclaimed musicians including Dan Dugmore (The Eagles), Tony Lucido (Keith Urban), Vail Johnson (Kenny G), Mike Durham (Dave Matthews), Dennis Matkosky (“Maniac”), Ilya Tochinskiy (Carrie Underwood), Tim Lauer (Cheap Trick), Jimmy Wallace (The Wallflowers), Shawn Fichter (Tim McGraw),  Tim Galloway (Gary Allen), Mike Purcell (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Paul Scholten (Montgomery Gentry), John Kurzweg (Jewel), Alison Prestwood (Faith Hill), Ben Phillips (Blake Shelton), Austin Hoke (Chris Stapleton), Mike Payne (Red Hot Chili Peppers), JoAnna Janet (Dreamworks), Dane Bryant (Clint Black), Pat McGrath (Luke Bryan), Elton Charles (The Steel Woods), Richard Hardy (Kenny Loggins), and Jim Hoke (Bob Seger).


As a licensed psychotherapist, Chris Chickering helps people build upon their inner strengths, break through barriers, and fulfill their untapped potential. He provides solution-focused therapy and coaching, trainings, workshops, and keynotes.

As a speaker and trainer, Chris often uses humor, storytelling, and sleight-of-hand magic to educate, entertain, and engage. His presentation topics include solution-focused brief therapy, leadership, leadership development, mental health ethics, personal growth, business development, archetypal psychology, and cognitive behavioral therapy.


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, 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’ road to becoming a mental health professional has been long and filled with many adventures. Along the way, he “sold everything under the sun,” served as an EMT/Firefighter, television executive, and director of business development for a premiere provider of self-improvement, education, and health programs.

Then, 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.

As an agent and trusted advisor, he curated relevant, high-quality, self-improvement programs for his clients to share with their lists and represented their programs to the masses. In this role, Chris connected thousands of everyday people with extraordinary resources to help them live the lives they deserve. A few of Chris’ clients include Jack Canfield, Bob Proctor, Russell Brunson, and Brian Tracy.


Chris holds a master’s degree in Counseling from Southwestern College and has additionally completed certifications and training in solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), EMDR, NLP, hypnosis, accelerated learning, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), motivational interviewing, addiction recovery, transcendental meditation, and advanced leadership training with Tony Robbins.

Chris Chickering 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.

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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.”