Watson is a Missouri native and began learning the bass from his
father and continued to study at the Music Conservatory of the
University of Missouri, Kansas City. More study at William Jewell
College and the Eastman School of Music in New York.
out of college, Chad spent a couple of years on the Gospel road with
several acts. Two of these groups,
were recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame
Chad landed a job as bass player for
in Nashville, Tennessee(1979) that lead to a year on the road and his
introduction to 15 years with the
ensemble. During his years of touring the South, Chad also spent a year
with Country Rock legends
Chad moved to L.A. in 1984. His solo career found him opening concerts
In Hollywood, California, Chad joined the
Janis Ian trio
and was featured both in concert and on the Breaking Silence album as a
unique and innovative bass soloist. This CD received the 1993
for Best New Folk Album. Janis, Chad and
were also awarded Gold Records for work on Janis Ian's "Up 'till Now"
CD. Concert highlights were
and an appearance on the
Since 1986, Chad has been involved with New Age pioneer and recording
artist, David Arkenstone.
Consequently, Chad has recorded several CD's with David and other
artists in the New Age/Smooth Jazz arena. Among these are Sean
and Liz Story,
all performing artists in the last several
Windham Hill Winter Solstice Tours.
Other interesting tour and recording situations for Chad in the last few
years have been with artists Paul and Paula,
John Andrew Parks
with Chris Spedding.
Chad was the Music Director
for Last of the Honky Tonk Angels
at The Globe Theatre,
Hollywood, CA., and the last three solo albums of
The time with Delaney has had a deep impact on Chad's direction as an
artist and producer. Delaney's love of horns caused Chad to resurrect
his history from the 60's as a trombone player and his study of theory
and arranging in college. Chad's California
Earthquake Horn Sections
are heard on albums he has produced by artists
and musical father figure Delaney Bramlett.
Chad now divides his time between performing and producing artists in
L.A., Kansas City and Nashville. As a performer, Chad was recently
inducted into the Idaho Cowboy Entertainer Hall
Since 1974, Chad's track record as a producer includes over 30 albums.
Gospel, Folk, Jazz, Country, Musicals, and Soundtracks. Currently, Chad
is in the studio producing projects on the 60's icons,
with Sky Sunlight Saxon,
cosmic folk artist Jim Barile
featuring Mickey Raphael,
Chad's wife and California Country Music Hall
of Famer, and
a brand new CD of his own compositions.