Chris Waters

Chris Waters
Birth nameChristopher Waters Dunn
BornSan Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, culinary writer
Associated actsTerri Clark, Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw

Christopher Waters Dunn, known professionally as Chris Waters is an American singer and songwriter, record producer, and culinary writer. He is the brother of country singer Holly Dunn. Dunn has written and produced many of his sister's singles, and has written for acts such as Lonestar, Terri Clark, Rhett Akins, and Billy Dean among others.


Chris Waters Dunn was raised in San Antonio, Texas, and holds a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Denver. After graduation, he worked in Nashville, Tennessee, as a songwriter and record producer for over 25 years. He retired from the music business in 2005 to pursue other areas of creative writing. He graduated top of his class from the San Antonio campus of the Culinary Institute of America in May 2007. Chris is now a freelance culinary writer and adjunct instructor at the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio.

Dunn is a fan of the San Antonio Spurs.


Known professionally in the music business as Chris Waters, he co-wrote the number-one country songs "She Never Lets it Go to Her Heart" recorded by Tim McGraw, "You're Easy on the Eyes" and "When Boy Meets Girl" recorded by Terri Clark, "If Your Heart Ain't Busy Tonight" recorded by Tanya Tucker, "What I Really Meant to Say" recorded by Cyndi Thomson, and "You Really Had Me Going", which Waters co-wrote and co-produced with his sister, Holly Dunn.

Other BMI Award-winning songs he co-wrote include "Tequila Talkin'" recorded by Lonestar, "That Ain't My Truck" recorded by Rhett Akins, "Better Things to Do" recorded by Terri Clark, "Cadillac Ranch" recorded by Chris LeDoux, "Meant to Be" recorded by Sammy Kershaw, and "You Don't Count the Cost" by Billy Dean.[1]

He also co-wrote the inspirational song, "The Highest Praise", which was nominated for the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award Song of the Year in 1980. In the pop field, he co-wrote "Sexy Eyes" recorded by Dr. Hook and certified gold by the RIAA.[2]

He co-produced Terri Clark's first two albums for Mercury Records, Terri Clark [3] and Just the Same,[4] which were both certified platinum by the RIAA.

He was named Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Nashville, Writer of the Year in 1997 and a BMI Writer of the Century in 1999.[5]

Culinary writer[]

As Chris Waters Dunn, he writes articles as the "Chef's Secrets" writer who regularly appears in the San Antonio Express-News.[6]

He has written a book, with Cappy Lawton, entitled, Enchiladas: Aztec to TexMex,[7] published by Trinity University Press.[8]


  1. ^ "Tommy Lee James and Chris Waters", BMI
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2009). Top Pop Singles. Wisconsin: Recording Research, Inc. ISBN 978-0-89820-180-2.
  3. ^ "Terri Clark - Terri Clark | Songs, Reviews, Crs". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Just the Same - Terri Clark | Songs, Reviews, Crs". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  5. ^ "BMI Announces Top 100 Songs of the Century". 13 December 1999. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Chris Waters Dunn author page" San Antonio Express-News
  7. ^ "Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex" Trinity University Press
  8. ^ "Homepage". Retrieved 9 September 2021.