21st century folk raconteur and world traveller, Chris ‘KEATS.’ is a solo singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist inspired by his harmonica-playing, grandfather, Roy. Returning from India, Chris came upon a newspaper article in which his grandfather had appeared in the 1960s. Roy was interviewed after winning a harmonica competition in Brighton and is quoted as saying his ambition was to form a band with two of his sons - one of which being Trevor, Chris’ father. Having been born after Roy died, Chris decided upon reading his grandfather's legacy it was time to accept his fear of solo performing and appear under the family name: KEATS.
Following Chris’ mother’s suicide he promised himself he would work every single day to be a better guitarist, singer, songwriter and person. Chris says he has never looked back.
Chris’ cites Damien Rice, Ray Lamontagne, Ben Howard and Neil Young as his major influences.
Chris’ aim is to empower his audience to ‘feel and heal’ through his music. Backed on guitar he describes his songwriting as a “natural process” turning his “stream of consciousness into melodies.” Chris describes music making as “better than” therapy.
Chris travelled to Valencia to play a Sofar Sounds gig in March. This was cancelled owing to Covid 19 and he found himself locked down in a city he barely knew. Fast forward 5 months and Chris has created a new life for himself in Valencia, collaborating with local artists, playing local residencies, growing his dedicated fanbase and recording new music for this and next year. He participated in a songwriting camp led by Chris Difford (from Squeeze) and sponsored by Help Musicians.
Chris has lived through and thrived after the suicides of both his mother and grandmother. He releases his first solo single, a cover of Oasis’ Live Forever, on September 11th in conjunction with The Calm Against Living Miserably (CALM), a leading UK movement against suicide. Chris describes this record as a Pro-Life, Anti-Suicide song. This campaign comes form the heart.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, National Suicide Prevention Week (6th – 12th in the US) and September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Chris will use this single as a platform to educate and inform people about the devastating impact suicide can have on individuals, families and communities and how to end it.
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