By age 17, Chris began his career playing with local bands throughout Los Angeles.
He then took his show on the road as a drum technician, and proved his versatility by touring with artists such as Madonna ("Blond Ambition" and "The Girlie Show" tours), Chicago, Art Garfunkel and George Benson.
Chris is currently playing with Pat Benatar and has also played with top recording artists such as, Kenny Loggins, Jimmy Messina, Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald, Don Felder, Poco, Dave Koz, Ambrosia, Badfinger, Percy Sledge, Maia Sharp, Peter & Gordon, Skrapp Mettle, Expose, Richie Furay, Barry Ryan, The Bay City Rollers and Dave Mason. He has made numerous television appearances on "NBC The Today Show," "The Tonight Show," "The Arsenio Hall Show," "The Dennis Miller Show," "ABC In Concert," VH1, TNN, The Disney Channel and CSPAN.
Developing a reputation for his professionalism, strong work ethic, and technical experience, Chris Ralles will consistently deliver a rock solid groove. When collaborating with a band, Chris is expert at taking direction, playing to complement the ensemble, and providing a creative angle to make the songs "feel good." He is a seasoned professional, and now considered one of the most talented and sought after drummers in the industry.
Here are some quotes from a few artists Chris has had the pleasure of working with:
"Chris Ralles is one of those rare combinations of a great guy and great talent. He has the musical sophistication to be able to morph into whatever style of drumming I might need to feel for each song, a particularly challenging request on my gig, as I range from R&B to Country to straight ahead rock within a two hour show." - Kenny Loggins
"Chris is a gifted player, with an innate sensibility for working with songwriters. His playing is dynamic, and stylistically unique, but he has a 6th sense for playing exactly what the song needs. A rare talent, reminiscent of my friend, the late, great Jeff Porcaro." - Christopher Cross
"Chris Ralles puts the song first. He's a great drummer who has the chops to take over the stage but he'd always rather serve the ensemble than his own ego. The huge bonus for musicians who tour with him is that he's like that offstage as well." - Maia Sharp
With so much musical experience behind him, Chris looks forward to the future, as a believer that his greatest musical accomplishments are still to come.