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"The best singer in England" Eddi Reader
"She rises like an angel from the ashes with a voice to match" The Guardian
"The voice of her generation" Steve Knightley
"Chris While is the best singer in the UK" Barbara Dickson

“She 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.”
Maverick Magazine (five stars
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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.

In 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.

Chris has five solo albums, 'Still on fire' 1991, 'By Request' 1992, 'Look at me now' 1993, 'In the Big Room' 1997 and the critically acclamed 'Rosella Red' 2007.

Over the years Chris has made many appearances with Fairport Convention and in 2007 she was asked to take the place of the late Sandy Denny to re-create the classic Fairport album 'Liege & Lief' with the original 1969 line-up at Cropredy Festival in front of 30,000 fans.

Chris annually tours with her daughter Kellie While, lead singer with the Albion Band and E2k. They currently have 2 albums together, the eponymously titled Chris & Kellie While and their latest album Too Few
Songs.

www.chrisandkelliewhile.co.uk.

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