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City

Toronto

State

Ontario

Country

CA

Website

http://www.chrisbirkett.ca

Bio

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 him a Canadian Juno and three 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 joined the pop group Love Affair, whose song “Everlasting Love” ruled the UK charts. The following year, he joined 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 John 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 creating new recordings for a range of talented
Canadian musicians.

Contact info:
Cell: +1 647 226 0414
Email: chrisbirkett@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.chrisbirkett.ca

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First Name

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Last Name

Birkett

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