Chris Howard

FRESH: ‘Little Black Dress’ – Chris Howard

Chris Howard releases his second single, “Little Black Dress”

After spending the last 10 years singing, writing and recording with many bands and artists as a session musician, multi-instrumentalist Chris Howard is now centre-stage and releasing music under his own name. His first single, “Fool For You”, received great reviews and a good amount of radio play, and his latest single, “Little Black Dress” aims to build on that positivity.

Bringing in lush live strings as well as two drummers, it showcases a softer and more soulful side to his writing. Working with producer Alec Brits in The Cabin studios in Liverpool, Chris arranged all parts and plays almost all instrumentation on this track aside from drums and strings. Falling in love with the piano aged two sat on his father’s knee, Chris plays several instruments and has played music for almost his entire life.

He formed his first band (as a drummer) aged 12 with Danny Jones (now of McFly), and over the years he has sang, played, written and recorded alongside many varied acts including Albert Lee (Clapton/Everly Brothers), Neil Fairclough (Adam Lambert’s QUEEN), jazz guitar pioneer Oz Noy, Tony Levin (King Crimson/Peter Gabriel) and 90s girl-pop icons B*Witched.

In 2011 Chris was awarded a composition scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston but was unable to re-locate due to his father being terminally ill. After the death of his father, Chris moved to Liverpool and established himself as an in-demand session player, but a long battle with alcoholism and poor mental health (two causes Chris is open with and feels strongly about) made these years difficult. Chris is now sober (six years and counting), healthy and has quite a few stories to tell!

For more about Chris, check out his BANDCAMP page and his FACEBOOK page

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!