Chris Haugen


Chris Haugen is a staple in the San Francisco music scene, having performed and published music with Phil Lesh, Ken Kesey, and Sean Penn. He has also published 50 commissioned songs on the YouTube Audio Library.


Chris’ music draws deeply on his 30 year yoga practice, and surfing in Northern California. His personal hi-light is having performed with surf legend and yogi Gerry Lopez. Chris plays several stringed instruments, and is best known for slide guitar. His new release “First Light” comes out June 5. Although originally intended as a surfing reference, when you wait on the beach for enough light to paddle out, the idea of darkness turning to light has taken on new meaning with the changes in our world. This album is a deep meditation steeped in hope and vision, with the intent of bringing a sense of calm and connection to listeners. 


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First Light – Album Reviews

ALBUM REVIEW – ‘First Light’

A feeling of warm optimism runs throughout the music, providing a gentle massage for the mind and spirit. 

Kathy Parsons,


ALBUM REVIEW – ‘First Light’

Lovely guitar turns darkness to light with Chris Haugen’s newest album, “First Light” There’s no question but that we are all looking for a relief from the darkness that surrounds us in these ever-more troubled times, and Chris’s lovely guitar helps turn darkness to light…

Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Reviews


ALBUM REVIEW – ‘First Light’

For a coastal dweller like me, ‘First Light’ is a magical time, fishing boats hit the sea, birds flock to gather for an early morning snack, and a hazy sun might well catch a surfer or a swimmer on their personal embrace with the ocean, and the title track off this album sums those thoughts up perfectly.

Steven Sheppard, One World Music Reviews


ALBUM REVIEW – ‘First Light’

When Haugen stays connected to the ocean, his language of music is always more fluent. His invitation to join us there at first light – which includes a softly caressing invitation to experience the “Waves” as he does – couldn’t have come at a better time.

Jonathan Widran, The JW Vibe


ALBUM REVIEW – ‘First Light’

Chris Haugen is no stranger to success. He has released four albums before the latest release First Light. The list of collaborations and performances on his website is very impressive and reading that you come to realize you are listening to one of the finest six-string benders that are actively recording music. 

Keith Hannaleck, New Age Music Reviews


ALBUM REVIEW – ‘First Light’

Do you love the ocean? This is the album for you. Not because of its ocean sounds, because there are none added, but because of its clear, calming, timeless, peaceful guitar vibe that gives us a heavenly feeling from the first notes.

Dyan Garris, New Age CD