Christopher Holland

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Christopher Holland
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Holland playing as support act to Jools Holland in Thetford Forest
Background information
Birth name Christopher William Holland
Born 24 January 1966
Greenwich, London, England
Genres Boogie-woogie, blues, R&B
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments Piano, keyboards
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Christopher William Holland (born 18 September 1966)[1] is an English keyboard player, singer and songwriter. He is the younger brother of pianist and band-leader Jools Holland and is the twin of Richard Edward Holland, a professional drummer.

Early life and career[edit]

Holland was born in Greenwich, London,[1] the younger brother of Jools Holland. He took up playing piano at the age of seven. Recording his first song, "It's Getting Late", when he was just twelve, he used a vintage four-track reel to reel handed down from his elder brother Jools and his then band, Squeeze. By his early teens while still at school, Holland formed his own band, B Sharp, playing mainly organ and singing. The band made their first television debut when they were spotted by Mick Robinson for a new TV show at the BBC. Holland left school at the age of 16 to tour extensively around the country for a couple of years, before being signed to Miles Copeland III's I.R.S. Records label, releasing two singles: "While The Going's Good".[citation needed]

In between working on his own music Holland has also played electronic organ, recorded and written for Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.[2]

1999 saw the release of his first solo album, Cosmic Harmony Companion (on Beautiful Records BT003CD), containing some of his earliest compositions and featuring various guest musicians. A follow-up studio album Hoopatasso was released in 2002 in a limited number, which served as a taster for Brother Sun Sister Moon (BT004CD), which was issued in the summer of 2003.

Continuing to tour throughout 2004 with his band Cosmic Harmony, as well as playing solo shows, he released a one-off project with ex-B sharp member Lisa Covington, using a wide range of vintage keyboards, entitled Butterfly Effect was released in (2005).

During 2006 and 2007, Holland was in the recording studio, working on thirteen new songs featuring Edwina Hayes on vocals and Melvyn Duffy on lap–pedal steel guitar and Ash Soan on drums. The ensuing Everything You Can Imagine Is Real was released in 2007.

Between 2008 and 2012 while continuing to perform with the Rhythm and Blues orchestra Chris and sound engineer Ron Box worked on a double album released on Holland's own Cosmic Harmony Records label.

Discography[edit]

This is a list of the albums Holland has appeared on:

  • Squeeze - Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (1985)
  • Green On Red - Live at the T and C (1989)
  • Green On Red - Too Much Fun (1992)
  • Jools Holland R & B Orchestra - Live Performance (1994)
  • Jools Holland R & B Orchestra - Sex & Jazz & Rock & Roll (1996)
  • Jools Holland R & B Orchestra - Lift The Lid (1997)
  • Jools Holland R & B Orchestra - Best Of (1998)
  • Squeeze - Domino (1998)
  • Jools Holland R & B Orchestra - Sunset Over London (1999)
  • 'Christopher Holland' - 'Cosmic Harmony Companion' (1999)
  • Sam Brown - Reboot (2000)
  • Jools Holland R & B Orchestra - Hop The Wag (2000)
  • Paul Weller (DVD) Live at Albert Hall (2000)
  • Glenn Tilbrook - The Incomplete (2001)
  • Jools Holland - The Swing Album (2001)
  • Christopher Holland - Hoopatasso (2001)
  • Jools Holland R & B Orchestra - Small World Big Band (2001)
  • Stereophonics - "Handbags and Gladrags" (2002)
  • Jools Holland R & B Orchestra - SWBB Volume Two: More Friends (2002)
  • Squeeze - Big Squeeze: The Very Best Of Squeeze (2002)
  • Christopher Holland - Brother Sun Sister Moon (2003)
  • Jools Holland R & B Orchestra - Jack O The Green (SWBB Friends 3) (2003)
  • Christopher Holland's Cosmic Harmony - Butterfly Effect (2004)
  • Jools Holland - Tom Jones and Jools Holland (2003)
  • Jimmy Scott - Someone To Watch Over Me (2004)
  • The Fields - Down The Wire (2004)
  • Jools Holland R & B Orchestra' - Swinging the Blues, Dancing the Ska (2005)
  • 'Sam Brown' - Best Of (2005)
  • Ray Davies - "Thanksgiving Day" (2005)
  • 'Chris Difford' - Songs from the Weald (2006)
  • 'Jools Holland R & B Orchestra' - Moving Out to the Country (2006)
  • 'Christopher Holland' - Everything You Can Imagine Is Real (2007)
  • 'Jools Holland' - 'Best of Friends' (2007)
  • 'Jools Holland' - 'The informer' - (2008)
  • 'Ruby Turner' - 'I'm travelling on' - (2009)
  • 'Tom Jones' - 'Praise and Blame' - (2010)
  • 'Jools Holland' - 'Rocking Horse' - (2011)
  • 'Christopher Holland' - 'Corner Green' - (Aug 2012)
  • 'Jools Holland' - 'Golden Age Of Song' Dec (2012)
  • 'Ethan Johns' - 'If Not Now When' (Feb 2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ "Jools Holland Band website: Christopher Holland". Archived from the original on 13 June 2008.