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|Birth name||Christopher William Holland|
18 September 1966 |
Greenwich, London, England
|Genres||Boogie-woogie, blues, R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
|Associated acts||Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra|
Christopher William Holland (born 18 September 1966, Greenwich, London, England) is an English keyboard player, singer and songwriter. He is the younger brother of Jools Holland and twin of Richard Edward Holland (drummer).
Holland took up the 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" (produced by Dennis Herring, who has produced Elvis Costello and Ben Folds), and "Tell Me Straight" (produced by Pascal Gabriel, the producer of S-Express, Inspiral Carpets and EMF).
In between working on his own music he has continued to tour, record and write with various other artists including Green On Red, Squeeze, Stereophonics, Paul Weller and Paul Carrack Tom Jones, Ethan Johns. Holland has also played electronic organ, recorded and written for Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
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 including Pino Paladino, Gilson Lavis and Kim Lesley.
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 to critical acclaim, featuring Ash Soan (ex Del Amitri, Faithless) Robbie Williams on drums, Lisa Covington and Ron Box on guitars, Dave Swift on bass and Sam Brown (background vocals); this was partly produced with Laurie Latham and Box.
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 have been working on a double album released on Holland's own Cosmic Harmony Records label it features singers Katy Shotter, Edwina Hayes and Siobhan Parr. Corner Green includes 24 original compositions a beach boys cover and one co written with Chris Difford it is set for release on 13 August 2012
June 2012 Holland performed with brother Jools and Ruby Turner and at the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II alongside Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Shirley Bassey, Cliff Richard, Annie Lennox, Madness and many other notable performers.
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)