Chris ‘KEATS.’ describes music making as “better than” therapy.
The Brighton born, 21st century folk raconteur and world traveller writes songs to heal both his audience and himself. He is a solo singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist inspired by his harmonica-playing grandfather.
Following Chris’ mother’s suicide he promised himself he would work every single day to be a better guitarist, singer, songwriter and human being. He has never looked back.
Citing Damien Rice, Ray Lamontagne, Ben Howard and Neil Young as his major influences, he is backed predominantly on guitar, describing his songwriting as a “natural process” turning his “stream of consciousness into melodies.”
Chris’ music has been described as having a “deep beauty to it, a simplicity that is poignant and has a reflective feel, far from urban life.”
He has organised charity concerts for The Umbrella Foundation (an orphanage in Nepal), Acid Survivors Trust International (assisting those affected by acid attacks), the Campaign Against Living Miserably (a suicide prevention charity) and RISE UK (a domestic abuse charity).
Chris released a cover of ‘LIVE FOREVER’ by Oasis for National Suicide Prevention Month in September ’20. A song called ‘LOVE IS SO SIMPLE’ in November ’20 for RISE UK, a domestic abuse charity based in Brighton and his third single ‘HEART GROWS COLDER’ in January ’21.
His new single ‘YEARS & YEARS’ is due for release this February. Sally Cranham, Chris’ long-term vocal collaborator again dedicated her time and talent to the record.
YEARS & YEARS is released this February as it marks the anniversary of the death of his friend, Jimmy, who the song is written about.