Chas Sandford is an acclaimed artist/songwriter/producer/engineer/guitarist and world-class studio owner. As a hit songwriter and publisher, Sandford is the recipient of 12 ASCAP "Most Performed Songs" awards, including the multi-platinum hits "Missing You" by John Waite, "What Kind of Man Would I Be" by Chicago and "Talk To Me" by Stevie Nicks. Most recently Chas wrote & produced the title track and single from Billy Ray Cyrus’ latest release “The Distance”. His songs have been recorded by: Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Melanie, Roger Daltrey, Berlin, Millie Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Alison Krauss, Rick Springfield, Sammy Hagar, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmy Barnes, Don Johnson, David Wilcox, Tyler Hilton, Sheila B. Devotion and many others. Chas is now a BMI writer/publisher.
The most recent check of airplay for "Missing You" alone has over 8,000,000 documented plays, making it one of the most played songs of all time.
As a producer, Chas has worked with Chicago, Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, Roger Daltrey, Berlin, Willie Nelson, Ron Wood, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gene Loves Jezebel, Jimmy Barnes, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan Hill, Gina Schock, Don Johnson and others.
Live highlights include opening for The Eagles on their "Hotel California" European tour, appearing in and recording live in the Robert Altman film, "A Perfect Couple" (including a show at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic); two months on Broadway in "Divine Madness" with Bette Midler (appearing in the film of the same name); and playing with the late, great James Brown for a charity concert at The James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia.
Sandford also owns Secret Sound a world-class recording facility.
A partial alphabetical list of artists who have worked at Secret Sound would include:
Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, Berlin, Belinda Carlisle, Tracy Chapman, Chicago, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltrey, Bo Diddly, Celine Dion, Def Leppard, DC Talk, Divinyls, Deep Purple, Melissa Etheridge, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Jars of Clay, KISS, K.D. Lang, Madonna, Richard Marx, Michael McDonald, Tim McGraw, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Harry Nilsson, Jeffrey Osbourne, Dolly Parton, Queen, Restless Heart, Rod Stewart, Take 6, Tina Turner, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Ron Wood & Wynonna.
Chas' latest CD, “Wag More, Bark Less” has received rave reviews from the L.A. Examiner Entertainment Section, Music Connection Magazine, Music Row Magazine, Artist Direct and many others. “Wag More, Bark Less” as well as Chas’ 1st record, “Parallax View”, are available from all major digital outlets. Look For “Life Is What You Think It Is” coming soon!