best singer in England" Eddi Reader
has the heart of a poet and the eyes of a painter. Her writing is literate,
credible, forthright and honest. Her voice is beautiful, a term I very
rarely use when describing the deliveries of most singers. It is emotion
packed without ever being melodramatic, compassionate without being needlessly
sentimental, damning when she fervently believes certain issues need to
be confronted head on, but always making for compelling listening. A quite
superb album from one of the most notable women, currently living up to
the reputation she has quite painstakingly built over a number of years
in the contemporary folk scene.”
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People will try to compare Chris While's voice to others but as Folk Roots wrote of her, "She learns from many, takes from few and comes away her own woman.
She is quite simply a skillful, powerful and beautiful singer/songwriter and fine guitarist at the top of her game.
She was a solo performer from the age of fourteen, singing and playing round the folk clubs in Cumbria until she moved to Manchester when she was twenty.
In 1993 she joined The Albion Band as lead singer and the following years brought her voice and songs to a much wider audience both in the U.K. and in the international arena. Chris made four albums with the band writing or co-writing much of the material.
During this time she also co-wrote (along with Ashley Hutchings and Phil Beer) over forty new English folk songs for the TV series The Ridge Riders presented by Nick Knowles.
She left the band in 1997 to persue a full time career with her duo partner Julie Matthews. While & Matthews have been nominated nine times at the BBC Folk awards and in 2009, they won the best duo award. The have eight studio albumes and two live albums to their cridit and a 'Best Of' CD.
1999 at the first prestigious BBC Folk Music Awards, Chris's
song 'The Light in my Mothers Eye' was nominated in the best song category.