Chris Biggs — Welcome
Chris was born in 1958 in Kansas City, the youngest of five children. His parents, John and Bernice, also lived in Abilene, Kansas for much of their lives and eventually moved to Manhattan, Kansas where Chris went to school, including Kansas State University. For most of Chris' life his mother was a secretary at KSU and his dad worked at a hardware store. Chris loved to fish in the Big Blue River, play basketball and pick the banjo. He still does. Chris learned to sing, write songs and play instruments from his older brother, John, who had a successful career as a touring professional for many years.
Chris is noted for his rich voice and skills on the acoustic guitar — particularly when it comes to flatpicking fiddle tunes. He was strongly influenced by guitar greats Doc Watson, Norman Blake and Dan Crary. Chris has written many songs, a number of which he regularly performs with the bluegrass band Kansas Heart. He also performs in a duo with Steve Hinrichs and plays banjo with a gospel group, North Forty, headed by his long-time friend, Al Bowyer. He also performs with Scott Tichenor, a friend and renowned mandolin player from Lawrence, Kansas. Chris loves the tone of his old guitars.
Chris also has a successful life in public service. He graduated from KU law school in 1983. He was Geary County Attorney for almost 15 years, prosecuting the most serious criminal cases. He served as the Kansas Securities Commissioner from 2003–2010 and as the Kansas Secretary of State from March 16, 2010 until January 10, 2011.
Chris takes pride in his humble beginnings. He worked his way through
college and law school playing music and giving guitar and banjo lessons. Music provides a wonderful balance to his professional life.