Chad 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.
Right out of college, Chad spent a couple of years on the Gospel road with several acts. Two of these groups, Truth and The Imperials, were recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame
Chad landed a job as bass player for Ronnie Milsap in Nashville, Tennessee(1979) that lead to a year on the road and his introduction to 15 years with the Charlie Rich ensemble. During his years of touring the South, Chad also spent a year with Country Rock legends The Burritto Brothers. Chad moved to L.A. in 1984. His solo career found him opening concerts for Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ernest Tubb, Marshall Tucker Band, Nicollette Larsen, Tanya Tucker, and Donovan.
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 Grammy nomination for Best New Folk Album. Janis, Chad and Jim Brock(percussion) were also awarded Gold Records for work on Janis Ian's "Up 'till Now" CD. Concert highlights were Carnagie Hall, Budokan, Japan, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, England, Spain and an appearance on the Jay Leno Show.
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 Harkness, Lisa Lynne, John Wakefield, 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, Chris Montez, Freddy Fender, Billy Swan, Bijan Mortazivic, Kim Fowley, 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 Delaney Bramlett. 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 Katheryn Lorenzen, Lorin Hart, Susan Toney, Michael Eudy, Nancy Priddy, Mary White, Victor Lundin, 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 of Fame. 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, The Seeds with Sky Sunlight Saxon, The Shindogs, cosmic folk artist Jim Barile featuring Mickey Raphael, Pam Loe, Chad's wife and California Country Music Hall of Famer, and a brand new CD of his own compositions.