Monday, April 13, 2009


Today I turn 31.  Wow.  31.  

My dad had 2 kids by the time he was 31.

Paul McCartney sold 100 million records and had literally conquered the world by the age of 31.  Oh, yeah, and his band had broken up already by the time he was 31.

Bono had made his most successful record (Joshua Tree) and was working on releasing his (and U2's) greatest artistic achievement (Achtung Baby) by the age of 31.

Jimi Hendrix had changed his name, changed the world of music and overdosed before he ever came close to 31.

Stevie Wonder had been signed for almost 20 years by the time he reached 31.  The 70's brought Stevie unbelievable success and his albums changed the landscape of R&B music.  And he didn't turn 31 until 1981.  Sick.

I could continue to go on...but the point is this...I've been incredibly blessed thus far.  But I have so much to do!  And I'm excited to see what the future holds.

Here's to 31!


Carmen said...

First off "Happy Birthday!". Take it from someone who is way older than 31, you are always going to feel like there is more you want to do in life no matter how old you are. The important thing is to enjoy the sucess that you have had, and as you said, "Look forward to the future." I have a pretty good feeling that you have a very bright future ahead of you.

You have been blessed with many gifts.
Delight in this day, your birthday.
Cherish who you are.
As we who know you treasure you.


risalea said...

I remember my 31st birthday very well. It's the only one that has ever bothered me....not 30, 40, or 50. (I know, I know, you thought I was just 30 something, didn't you? LOL) Blame it on the teacher in me, I guess, but 30 was ok, cause it was next to 29, but 31, well, it was no longer touching the 20's on the number line. : )

Carmen's right...there's always more to do, no matter your age, and when there's not, well, that's when you start getting old, IMHO.

Two Dove nominations, hit song for Rascal Flatts, songwriting and singing talent out the wazoo, beautiful wife, adoring fans, yep, I'd say you've got it going on at 31.

Learn from the past, enjoy your present, anticipate the future! Have a WONDERFUL birthday!!

Kel6270 said...

I hope you have a great day and Happy Birthday!!!

Cathy Storms said...

Happy Birthday Chris..
Hope it is a great day for you.

DJ in AL said...

Dude, Happy Birthday! I think I've told you this before but with the "to do" list that exists in that head of yours, let's face it, one lifetime may not be long enough to get it all done.

I think you have much to be proud of at this stage in your life, enjoy today, your tomorrows are only gonna get better!

Sending you much Happy Birthday love from DJ in AL!

EmilyBoo said...

Happy birthday Chris!!! 31 is going to be a great year for you!

Caetie said...

!Happy Birthday!

rosalee said...

Happy Birthday, Chris!
Have a good one!

Just remember:

"Hey now, you're an All Star, get your game on, go play
Hey now, you're a Rock Star, get the show on, get paid
And all that glitters is gold
Only shooting stars break the mold"

(Smash Mouth - All Star)

robyn said...


A very Happy Birthday to a sincere, sweet, talented, down to earth and totally rockin' guy!!!
You're heart's in the right place! You have the drive and the will to achieve many more of the goals on your growing list!! And I'm sure there are SO many things already checked off of that list...the list that will never end!!! I hope not anyway...more for us fans!!!!
and wee just love it! Can't wait to see you this friday!!


Bully said...

Happy Birthday Chris!
(and well-said, Carmen)

I think you are well on your way to doing great things with your life! So much already accomplished, and so much still ahead! How fun for you to know that! :-D

God Bless you in the year to come-- I hope it's a wonderful one.

Hischild said...

Celebrate BIG today! Know that we are all thinking of you and wishing we could be picnic-ing w/ya right now instead of taking care of Monday business.

Evaluate your current life in light of your place/position when you wrote Are You Pleased. From my view, you are WAY down the road. Keep being emptied and filled, brother.

Oh, and be sure you check your FB today. There's a little somethin' from a few of us there.

Blessings from AZ.


rosalee said...

And speaking of achievements,
according to's Mediabase stats and USAToday/Idol Chatter, "Here Comes Goodbye" has reached #1 on the Country Music charts!

risalea said...

WOO HOO, thanks for the good news, Rosalee...I'm doing the happy dance! Doves in April, CMA's in November?!
The Blogger Girls love a roadtrip!

#1 on your birthday, Chris? PRICELESS!

Carrie said...

Happy Birthday! And thanks for making me feel so young! ;) Haha, just kidding.

Victoria Sandberg said...

Happy 31st Birthday Chris.

I'm contemplating ways to get you to Northern CA for a concert. Just to let you know.

Victoria Sandberg said...

Emily posted a birthday blog for you Chris. . .

Victoria Sandberg said...

a direct link.

Badly Done Emily: Chris Sligh

HstryQT said...

Happy Birthday Chris - be sure to check your facebook!

Congrats on Here Comes Goodbye reaching #1!!! What a great birthday present!

Kara said...

Good for you! Happy Birthday Chris!

-Di. said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Every day is a gift and an opportunity to do something great. The point is not to waste it.

Anyways, I hope that you had an awesome day!


Nique's Nana said...

Happy belated birthday Chris. I can't even remember being 31, it's been so long, lol. Hope your had a wonderful day.

Amy's Purple Poodles said...

HAPPY BELATED B-DAY! You have accomplished so much in 31 years. You're nominated for two prestigeous Christian music awards, have been on a national TV show,have traveled abroud,have a #1 song on the Country charts etc. You are awesome!

One hundred years from now it won't matter how many records you sold, how much money you made, what kind of car you had, how big your house was, how many children you had. All that will matter is that YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF ANOTHER PERSON.
Believe me, you have made a difference in SO many lives with your music, your humbleness, your ability to reach out to others, and your love for your wife and fans (sharing your experiences in music with your fans). I can't wait to see you in July.

I wish my 31st b-day had been like yours!

Risa-did you get my info and check?
I hope you have a blast at the doves! I want to hear all the dirt-I guess pictures are out of the question since they'll probably confiscate your camera-I'd love to see you in your beautiful dresses! I'll be thinking of you on the 23rd.
If you get to see or meet Amy Grant say "Hello" from me. I would love to meet her. If I saw her and Chris at the same time I'd probably pass out! Tell Chris Good Luck!