Chris Alvarado is an award-winning singer/songwriter and recording artist who calls the beaches of Santa Rosa Beach his home. This year marks Chris’ 7th appearance at the 30A Songwriters Festival. For the past two years, Chris has been named as a finalist in the Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition. His song “This I Need You To Know” was a finalist in the 2014 American Songwriting Awards and a Semi-finalist in the Unsigned Only Music Competition that same year. In 2013, he was invited to perform at the 40th annual Telluride Bluegrass Music Festival in Colorado where he placed 3rd in the prestigious Telluride Troubadour Competition. In May of 2013, Chris competed in the Wildflower Music Festival's Songwriting Competition in Dallas, Texas and walked away with top honors as the Michael Terry People's Choice Award winner. In 2012, he won the National Recording Academy’s Florida GRAMMY® Showcase in Orlando, FL.
Songs from Chris’ self titled album are featured on Pandora Radio and have seen airplay on national web radio programs such as Indie Castle Radio and The Songwriters Network. He performed on NPR’s nationally broadcast program, “Radio Live” on 2014, and receives regular airplay on NPR radio WUWF. GigDog Radio, the official radio station for the 2016 30ASWF featured Chris on their Best Of 2014 Album. Chris’ newest album, "Home" was released in April of 2013, and is available on iTunes. "Home" has also been made available in a limited edition 150 gram vinyl pressing.
Chris Alvarado isn’t just a singer/songwriter along the beaches of 30A, he also owns and operates Driftwood Guitars®, a boutique handcrafted acoustic guitar company. This year Chris designed and handcrafted the 2017 30A Songwriters Festival Commemorative Guitar which will be auctioned off to benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. In 2015 his instruments took 1st prize in Garden & Gun Magazine’s “Made In The South Awards” in the craft category. He has been building his one of a kind guitars for over 9 years now and takes pride in performing his original music on instruments of his own creation.