Through his unique and tasteful style, Grammy ® Award nominee Chris Maresh has firmly established himself as one of the most in demand studio and live performance musicians in Austin, Texas. Most recently, Chris was chosen to be interviewed in a promotional video as part of the 60th Anniversary of the Fender Precision Bass 2011.
As a virtuoso bassist and composer, Chris Maresh began his professional music career in Austin, Texas in 1984 after receiving a BM in Applied Double Bass Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz Performance from the University of Texas in Austin. Over the past 27 years, Chris has performed on more than 250 albums. A major career breakthrough was his 10 years association with guitar legend Eric Johnson and his side project Alien Love Child where his composition Rain was nominated at the 44th Grammy® Awar's for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 2002.
He has releasedtwo solo albums of original compositions, Tomorrow and Side Street. Over the years Chris has performed and recorded with artists and organizations including the Austin Symphony, Eric Johnson, Mike Stern, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Pinetop Perkins, Mitch Watkins, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Marcia Ball, Michael McDonald, Monte Montgomery, Ferenc Illenyi, Kellye Gray, Ellis Marsalis, just to name a few.
In 2002, 2005 and 2006 Chris was named Bass Player of the Year at the Austin Chronicle Music Awards at the SXSW Music Festival. He has appeared on Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival DVD and Eric Johnson's, Live at the Grove DVD. Recordings for movie soundtracks include Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids 2 and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Nora Ephron's Michael, Mark Illsley's Happy Texas, and Peter Howitt's Sliding Doors.
Between tours, Chris is living in Austin, as a session bass player, participating on major recording projects. Also he is a guest lecturer at the Austin MediaTech Institute and when there is time, Chris is appearing on the vivid live music scene in and around Austin.