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!