Singing Praises

- AMARILLO -- From the bright lights of New York to the bright night stars of the high plains, Chris Bohannon's singing career reached heights few have seen. He now spends his time in Amarillo, instilling his professional experiences into the next generation.

    "I knew I could sing, I'd been singing since I was like three years old," said Bohannon. "I got into theater my sophomore year in high school, up until that point i was really interested in nothing but just football."

    This former jock hits pitches some linebackers can only dream of. But Chris Bohannon's future was on Broadway, a destiny he wouldn't realize till years after graduating from Texas Tech.

    "Life kind of took over, I got married to my high school sweet heart and we started having kids." said Bohannon. "But I really missed music."
    A family friend snagged Chris an audition in New York, and the rest is history.

    Chris performed in the Phantom of the opera for nearly five years, followed by another play and another performance in a Sister Act.

    The Panhandle prodigy found himself in a new high profile world, with high profile talent.

    "I met Morgan Freeman, Keifer Sutherland, Raven Symone," said Bohannon. "Probably the most famous person, Prince has won the most Tony Awards out of anybody."
    But soon the curtains would close, for Chris craved the high plains lifestyle for he and his family.
    "We still have a lot of family here, we have two kids, and we just really missed our family," said Bohannon. "We wanted them to be close to their grandparents, and let them grow up around cousins."

    The Bohannon's moved home, Chris is now the Director of Children and Youth Choirs for Saint Stephen's.

    "I think of all the people that shaped me, and what they meant to me," said Bohannon. "The thought of getting to be that for someone else is humbling."

    One of a kind lessons, from the Big Apple and back.

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