Chris Birkett Producer-Artist-Song writer Biography
Chris Birkett has been involved in producing, engineering, writing and playing music since the 1970s. His collaborations have sold more than 100 million records world-wide over the last 30 years. He started his musical career as a guitarist for well-known Memphis artists: Rufus Thomas, Ann Peebles, Gene Knight and King Floyd.....
He then signed a major deal as an artist with Tony Visconti's Good Earth records. His career has since expanded to include the production, engineering and mixing of many UK and international hits.
Working with A&R Legend Nigel Grainge of Ensign Records, (Bob Geldof,Sinead O Connor,The Water boys,Thin Lizzy), led Chris to Producing Sinead O Connor, Buffy Sainte Marie and Laurie Freelove.
His first solo artist single "Where Do We Go From Here", was included on the Polygram album 'One Voice One Love' alongside other artists U2, Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits, Bob Marley, Tears for fears and Queen. The royalties for this song were donated to raise money for the CARE international charity for Africa.
Chris is also the founder member of Cry Sisco (Affro Dizzi Act)........
Chris has received 2 Ampex Golden reel awards and many gold and platinum discs for his Production/Engineering work. The Etran Finatawa album recorded at his studio in France in 2006 was Nominated for the BBC 3 World Music awards and has also received an award for Best album of 2006 by Songlines Magazine.
The latest co-production by Chris for Canadian artist Buffy Sainte Marie 'Running for the Drum' won a Juno award for best aboriginal artist in 2009.
Chris has also collaborated, both in and out of the studio with the following: Led Zeppelin, The Kane Gang, Dexys Midnight runners, Hans Zimmer; Randy Newman, Jean-Baptist Mondino, Alain Chamfort, Zazie, Rod Temperton, Quincy Jones, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Osibisa, The Bible, Mica Paris, Trevor Horn, Mutt Langer, Mel Brooks, John Otway, Michael Winslow, Def Leopard and many many more.