A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Chad Welling is from an entertainment family that has left an indelible mark on the world of music and film. From his late father who recorded Garth Brooks’ first demo in the Welling home studio to his sister Gianna who is currently climbing the music charts in the U.K., the Welling name is synonymous with great music. In 1987 Chad ventured to Los Angeles and enrolled in the prestigious Musicians Institute's Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) which revolutionized contemporary music education with the first full-time program to offer hands-on professional training for the electric guitarist. While there he forged a network of friends and colleagues that have all played with a who’s who list of stars in popular music.
Other highlights include Chad serving as a judge to the 2010 “American Idol” contestant search show on the Fox TV affiliate in Beaumont, Texas. The next year he chaired the judge panel for “XFactor” in Beaumont, and began a second career in rock artist development. 2012 saw Chad joining the band made famous by the movie “Thunder Soul” as rhythm guitar player as they prepared to embark on a world tour. Most recently, he has spent most of his time bring ing to fruition his late father’s dream of starting a company that encompasses all aspects of entertainment. F.A.M.E or Film and Music Entertainment Company will produce the upcoming movie “Black and Blue – The Young Life of Louis Armstrong” and hopes to start production soon. Today Chad is a bona fide member of the highly acclaimed ThunderSOUL Orchestra taking charge on rhythm guitar.
"They [D&A Gigstands] are perfect! Exactly what I needed. Two of them fit neatly into my dual guitar gigbag pocket and added almost no weight. It definitely lightens my load when I travel. One less bag!”
- Chad Welling