Chris Birkett

Chris Birkett

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Chris Birkett album biography "Be Creative". Chris started his recording career in the 1970's with producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, Moody blues, Marc Bolan, Thin lizzy etc). He worked for many years with international artists and became a multi award winning record producer/arranger and composer.

Biography

Chris Birkett is a multi-talented, award winning producer, singer/songwriter,
composer and sound engineer. His music collaborations with A-list artists like
Sinead O’Connor, Alison Moyet, Dexys Midnight Runners, Talking Heads, The
Pogues, Bob Geldof, Quincy Jones, Mel Brooks, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Steve
Earle have sold over 100 million records and earned a Canadian Juno and Polaris
Music Prize and three international AMPEX Golden Reel Awards for excellence in
the music business.
His career began as a guitarist, playing in London clubs before touring with Memphis
artists Rufus Thomas, Ann Peebles and King Floyd. At 23, Chris was performing
with the pop group Love Affair, whose song "Everlasting Love" ruled the UK
charts. The following year, he joined the band Omaha Sheriff who had just signed a
major recording deal with Tony Visconti, manager of Good Earth Records and
producer for David Bowie and the Moody Blues.
With Visconti as a mentor, Chris expanded his career to include producing,
engineering and mixing many UK and international hits including Sinead O'Connor’s
#1 hit "Nothing Compares 2 U". His London studio was a beehive of activity that
was rated #2 in the world on Billboard’s top studio charts.
At the same time, Chris’ own single “Where Do We Go From Here?” was picked by
Ed Bicknell (Dire Straits’ manager) to play alongside U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob
Marley, Tears for Fears and Queen on Polygram’s “One Voice One Love” album
with proceeds going to CARE International’s African famine relief fund.
In 1993, Chris left the UK for France and built a recording studio inside his chateau
near Bordeaux. There he produced albums with the Buena Vista Social Club and
other world-class musicians, including Etran Finatawa, whose album received the
best world music album in 2006. He then moved his studio to Paris, where he
released his second album, “Freedom” and received growing acclaim for his work
with world musicians like Algerian sensation Ali Amran.
Chris is no stranger to Canadian music, having produced three albums for Canadian
artist Buffy Sainte-Marie, including her Juno award-winning album “Running for
the Drum” in 2009. In 2012, he moved to Canada, opened a recording studio in
Toronto and finished work on his third album "Be Creative" featuring performances
from many talented Canadian artists including Glen Milchem (Blue Rodeo) and
Rick Emmett (Triumph).
Now a permanent resident of Canada, Chris’ latest credit is co-producer of Buffy
Sainte-Marie’s fourth album “Power in the Blood” (including the title track) with Jon
Levine and Michael Wojewoda for True North Records. Chris is currently busy
performing at venues across Toronto, speaking at industry conferences (including
Indie 101 in Manchester and Toronto), and creating new recordings for a range of
talented Canadian musicians.
Contact info:
Cell: +1 647 226 0414
Web: www.chrisbirkett.ca

Lyrics

Freedom

Written By: Chris Birkett

Freedom

When morning comes around again I'll try
as others do to keep up on my toes
but as the shadows slowly grow
I find my mind is closing against the world

Holding on to what you should believe
You will fight your way down every street
You will not believe in what you see
When you look into the eyes of one who's free

Freedom like the birds that fill the sky
Freedom from the tears that filled my eyes
I'll blow away the clouds that cover me
Then you'll see the eyes of one who's free

The wall of darkness I have built around
shuts out the light, keeps out the cares of friends
Why do I toss and turn around in sleep?
One day I'll be forever free

Holding on to what you should believe
You will fight your way down every street
You will not believe in what you see
When you look into the eyes of one who's free

Freedom like the birds that fill the sky
Freedom from the tears that filled my eyes
I'll blow away the clouds that cover me
Then you'll see the eyes of one who's free
Then you'll see the eyes of one who's free
Then you'll see the eyes of one who's free
Then you'll see the eyes of one who's free
the eyes of one who's free

Fly

Written By: Chris Birkett

Fly

What I'm trying to say
is make a new direction
Who said nothing changes
underneath the heavens

Turn on the light
The age of darkness
Those old ideas

And maybe we can learn to fly
And maybe we can fly together
And maybe......

I believe in light
light is every color
falling from the sky
Shine on one another

Turn on the light - for the one you love
The age of darkness - is over now
Those old ideas - are gonna' drag you down

And maybe we can learn to fly
And maybe we can fly together
And maybe we can learn to fly

You belong to me

Written By: Chris Birkett

You belong to me

I don't know if I can do wrong
I don't know if I'm right
I only know that I belong
between your arms tonight

You belong to me, I belong to you
We belong together you and I
You belong to me, I belong to you
and I know together we can fly

You showed me how to find my way
through life's eternal night
There's nothing else that touches me
like your eternal light

You belong to me, I belong to you
We belong together you and I
You belong to me, I belong to you
and I know together we can fly

So many things you've done for me
You took me as I am
You painted a new life for me
Now I know I can
Now I know I can

You belong to me, I belong to you
We belong together you and I
You belong to me, I belong to you
and I know together we can fly

Call Me

Written By: Chris Birkett/James Birkett

CALL ME

I believe that something good
is coming round to show me
Even when I do something bad
You'll be there to control me
Like the sun gives the morning light
You can unfold me
Leaving out all those dreams behind
When I was lonely

'cause Your love drives me crazy
I'll be waiting for you to call me

Like a light in the distance
so tall in a crowd
I have no resistance
I don't wanna be proud
'cause you're love's got a hold on me
I don't want to break free
Put your chains around me
I aint no Hudini

'cause Your love drives me crazy
I'll be waiting for you to call me
Because Your love drives me crazy
I'll be waiting for you to call me

MSN will do
you can send an email if you want to
Myspace.com will get you where you wanna go

'cause Your love drives me crazy
I'll be waiting for you to call me
Because Your love drives me crazy
I'll be waiting for you to call me

Discography

Album - Come hell or waters high- Omaha Sheriff- Good earth/RCA Produced by Tony Visconti

Single - Affro dizzi act- Cry sisico - Virgin
Single - Where do we go from here- Chris Birkett- Polygram UK One Voice-One Love album with U2, Dire Straights, Peter Gabriel, Lenny Kravitz, Queen, Tears For Fears.

Album - Freedom - recorded in Paris featuring Tony Visconti, Andrea Ceccarrelli, David Hykes

Album - Be Creative - Recorded in Toronto featuring Rikk Emmet (Triumph), Rosita Stone, Glenn Milchem (Blue Rodeo), Fergus Hamilton, Jeremy Edwardes, Steve Bowen, Bryant Didier, David Bray


Set List

Chris Birkett solo set list with Covers 2016

Hurt (Johnny Cash)

Ocean Waves

You belong to me

Copperhead Road (Steve Earle)

Fly

One Step Closer

Nothing Compares 2U (Sinead O’Connor)

Syros

Savior

Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Rolling Stones)

Call Me

Be Creative

The Stealer (Free)

Sticks and Stones

A Perfect Night

Homeward Bound (Simon and Garfunkle)

Without Love

When You’re in Love

Dock of the Bay (Otis Reading)

Wake Up

If

I can’t stand the rain (Ann Peebles)

Somebody Wants You

If I had a million dollars (Bare Naked Ladies)

Four Strong Winds (Ian Tyson)

Cripple Creek (Buffy Sainte Marie)