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Published: 5.29.2009
LW TW Artist - Song (Label) TWS LWS

1 1 MARK CHESNUTT - She Never Got Me Over You (Lofton Creek/Big 7) 2737 2548
3 2 BRAD PAISLEY - Then (Arista/RLG) 2103 2066
4 3 CHRIS FILER - So Much Love (Nason Music Group) 2032 2043
2 4 KEITH URBAN - Kiss A Girl (Capitol/EMI) 2025 2095
5 5 KENNY CHESNEY - Out Last Night (BNA/RLG) 2001 1992
6 6 TOBY KEITH - Lost You Anyway (Show Dog/Universal) 1924 1894
7 7 DIERKS BENTLEY - Sideways (Capitol) 1884 1862
8 8 REBA MCENTIRE - Strange (Starstruck/Valory/Big Machine/Universal) 1873 1782
10 9 REBEL HEARTS - Jesse Dunn (RHR/Nine North) 1870 1774
12 10 TAYLOR SWIFT - You Belong With Me (Big Machine/Universal) 1818 1737
9 11 SHELLEY LYNCH - You Can't Look Back (Ind) 1800 1781
11 12 TRINITY LANE - I'm Still Growin' Up (KMA/Leakelane/SCE/MPI) 1793 1761
15 13 BILLY CURRINGTON - People Are Crazy (Mercury) 1716 1634
16 14 JIM RUSS - Wore Out (WHP) 1671 1619
13 15 LADY ANTEBELLUM - I Run To You (Capitol) 1652 1737
20 16 BILLY MCKNIGHT W/MINDY MCCREADY - Sweeter (Kismet/Lofton Creek) 1627 1533
17 17 STONEWALL JACKSON - Standing Invitation (Ind) 1595 1564
18 18 RANDOLPH MICHAUD - Motorcycle Cowboy (WHP) 1591 1545
19 19 ZAC BROWN BAND - Whatever It Is (Big Picture Entertainment/Atlantic) 1581 1540
21 20 BLAKE SHELTON - I'll Just Hold On (WB/WEA) 1549 1530
26 21 ALLEN KARL - Can't Your Memory Find Somewhere Else To Go (Century II/WHP94) 1536 1454
28 22 DARIUS RUCKER - Alright (Capitol) 1533 1421
24 23 TEXARKANA - Lay A Little Love On Me (New Country) 1496 1481
23 24 RANDY HOUSER - Boots On (Universal South) 1483 1512
27 25 GLORIANA - Wild At Heart (Emblem Music Group/WB) 1476 1445
29 26 NIKKI BRITT - Do I Look Like Him (Rustic) 1475 1388
30 27 JACK INGRAM - Barefoot And Crazy (Big Machine/Universal) 1422 1324
32 28 MITCHELL JOHN - Peace In The Little Things (Ta Tanka) 1386 1300
34 29 MARK KNIGHT - Betty's Beauty World (Desert Sun) 1365 1286
14 30 MONTGOMERY GENTRY - One In Every Crowd (Columbia/Sony) 1351 1713
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- New Music Weekly


GARDEN CITY --- Chris Filer is getting his Christmas wish this year.

“It was always a goal of mine, to be a part of the music industry,” he says. “It was always a dream.”

In January, he will embark on a nine-state radio tour including his home state of Missouri promoting his debut CD titled, “When it don’t come easy.”

Filer grew up just south of Kansas City in Harrisonville. He was a self-proclaimed, city boy. He then met a farm girl.

“We were actually in a garage band together in high school,” says his wife, Kelly Filer.

“We were the prom king and queen,” Chris chimes in.

Chris and Kelly Filer of Cass County find their music dream coming true as Chris heads off on a nine-state radio station tour next month. The couple are co-owners of Neco Seeds in Garden City.
MFT photo by Mindy Ward

“Cheesy, I know. But we have been married for 15 years, 16 in January.”

Kelly introduced him to farming.

“She actually thought she was marrying a musician,” he says laughing.

Her family owned and operated Neco Seeds, a regional seed company that produces corn and soybeans, and food-grade soybeans for domestic and export markets.

Chris discovered he liked farming, particularly the production aspect of the seed industry.

Soon, he began working in the family operation alongside his brother-in-law, Mike Cook.

Chris became involved in ag groups throughout the state as a member of the Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT) Class 9 and the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers.

He represents District 4 as a board member of the Missouri Soybean Association.

The three Filer children came along, which drew his focus away from the music. He invested time in his children and work.

Today, he co-owns the seed business.

Still, his passion for music never left. It just became more difficult to find the time to pursue it. So, Chris became even more creative and efficient on his musical quest.

He found a captive audience with which to try out new song material in the farm fields of Cass County.

“I’d sing, literally, until I was hoarse on top of that tractor,” Chris says.

He tested songs he wrote with his brother, Bill Filer, first on the soybean fields, then on the public. The Filer family would perform at churches and a regional country music theater.

Chris credits his ag experiences for helping him connect to audiences.

“Those organizations helped me learn to communicate with anybody, no matter where I am,” he explains. “I can identify with them.”

Next, came song-writing sessions and instrumental recording sessions in Nashville. Chris records his vocals out of a music studio in the family’s renovated barn.

The first CD came together just one year ago.

“The songs are really positive,” Chris says. “It is something you can listen to with the whole family.”

The first single to be released to radio is titled “So much love (So little time).” It is written by J. DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and Regie Hamm, who wrote the No. 1 hit “Time of my Life” for American Idol winner and fellow Missourian David Cook.

However, Chris and his brother penned 5 of the 10 songs on the album. Kelly is also featured on the CD.

“In the music industry you have to have a promoter,” he says. “We are getting ready to go on a radio tour after the first of the year.”

That is a big step for the Filer family. The tour takes Chris away from the family business.

In typical farmer fashion he adds, “I just worry about others who will have to fill in for me. It is a great sacrifice they are making for me and my family.”

Chris has two CDs available. “When it don’t come easy” features his country songs, while “No room for doubt” features Christian music.

The title track from his debut Christian album is dedicated to his nephew who died at age 4.

“I write and sing about what I have experienced,” he says. “It can come from my family or the farm.”

Chris delights in being able to bring music to the masses, even if it is only in nine Midwestern states. Having radio listeners hear the songs is a wish come true for this father, farmer, seedsman and songwriter.

“We are just glad that people are getting to hear the music,” he adds. “We want them to experience the joy and fun we have.”
- Missouri Farmer Today


Discography

* WHEN IT DON'T COME EASY Country CD

* NO ROOM FOR DOUBT Christian CD
Featuring Kelly Filer

Music available on itunes or indieheaven.com

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Bio

Country music is an art form of stories… and country music artist Chris Filer has plenty to sing about. Raised in rural Missouri, Chris has always balanced the desire to work the land and to work the road. He started writing music in high school, fell in love with his wife of 15 years, Kelly, and eventually became co-owner of a regional seed company and 2000 acre farm in the beautiful Midwestern U.S.. Raising corn, growing soybeans, and long work days are part of everyday life for Chris. Of course, recording new songs in the studio he built at the back of a family barn and fishing with one of his three kids in the lake behind his house are also common place for Chris.

Chris Filer is passionate about life and that is reflected in his music. He has a natural ability to communicate with audiences and can’t wait to get on the stage as soon as he gets off the tractor. Chris sings about how he feels, what he sees, and what he’s learned from life experiences. So whether he and his band are bringing down the house at a local venue, doing an acoustic set at a big city coffee house, or entertaining the community at his families’ regional country music theatre – Colonial Hall @ The FARM – one thing stays the same, Chris Filer is genuine, honest, and his music tells a story.

FOR BOOKING:

Call 816-884-4460

Chris is available for:

* Country Concerts

* Motivational Speaker - Agriculture Related

* Christian Concerts with Kelly Filer