Biography

 

CHRIS EATON

BIOGRAPHY 2015

Since the early 1980s Chris Eaton has developed a profile as one of Britain's classic songwriters. His unique brand of 'white soul' song writing has made him a favourite of the world's pop aristocracy. SIR CLIFF RICHARD has led the pack, recording more than 20 of Chris' songs since 1981, and taking 'Saviour's Day' to No. 1 in the UK singles chart over Christmas 1990. 'Saviour's Day' has now become a Christmas 'standard' and has been recorded by a growing number of artists.

In 2003 Chris has various songs on Cliff's Christmas 'Greatest Hits' which went to # 9 in the UK charts, including Cliff's # 5 Christmas single "Santa's List". Continuing this 20-year association, Chris co-wrote 4 songs for Sir Cliff's Nashville album, "Something's Goin' On", released in 2004, and penned the classic Cliff track 'Golden' to commemorate 50 years in the business.

Chris has also enjoyed a special working relationship with US superstar AMY GRANT - since Amy first recorded his song 'Little Town', he has played and/or had his songs performed, on most of her major recordings. Including 'Hats' on the Multi-platinum album 'Heart In Motion' and two songs on her No 2 pop album 'Home For Christmas'. 'Breath Of Heaven' from this album was voted US CCM song of the year in 1994 in Billboard. Amy recorded 'Christmas Lullaby' and 'A Christmas To Remember' for her 2000 release 'A Christmas Album'. In 2003 Amy's album 'Simple Things' included a song she co-wrote with Chris 'Out In The Open'. Another Grant/Eaton co-write "Third World Woman" featured on Amy's 2010 album 'Somewhere Down The Road'. Chris has also toured with Amy as her keyboard player.

"Breath Of Heaven" was also included on JESSICA SIMPSON'S 2004 platinum-selling Christmas album, "Rejoice". The song has also been recorded by US country superstar VINCE GILL as title track of his 1998 album, which reached No. 5 in the US Country chart. Other notable mainstream artists to cover Chris' songs include JANET JACKSON with "Hold Back The Tears"; SHEENA EASTON with "All I Ask" and "Dance Away The Blues"; PATTI AUSTIN - "Stars In Our Eyes" on MCA/GRP ; DONNA SUMMER - "Breath Of Heaven"; MICHAEL BALL - "All For Nothing"; ROCH VOISINE - "Dance With A Stranger"; and, COLIN BLUNSTONE - "Everlasting Love" and "What Is Love". EMI / Electrola artist CLAUDIA JUNG covered "Saviour's Day" in a duet with CLIFF RICHARD on her Christmas album. Also in 1997 GROVER WASHINGTON JNR. recorded "Breath Of Heaven" as title track for his Christmas album (Columbia Records). Warner US act, BONEY JAMES has recorded an instrumental version of "Breath Of Heaven". Sony Spain artist, MONICA NARANJO has recorded a Spanish language version of "Live For You" on her 2002 album.

Chris has had an incredible run of No.1 radio hits in the US in the huge Contemporary Christian music market over the past two decades. Artists such as JACI VELASQUEZ ('Flower In The Rain'), WAYNE WATSON ('Be In Her Eyes'), Chris' own EMI/Sparrow single 'Everlasting Love', SUSAN ASHTON ('Body and Soul') and, 4 HIM ('Lay It All On The Line'). In October 1998 Jaci Velasquez' recording of Chris' song 'God So Loved The World' went to No. 1 across every Christian radio format. Jaci

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performed this song to open the 1998 DOVE AWARDS, which were televised nationally in the U.S. The song was nominated in the Best Song and Best Record categories of the 1999 Dove Awards in the U.S. Jaci's 2001 Christmas album includes 'The Angel Song'.

Chris had five songs on the debut smash hit RACHAEL LAMPA album 'Live For You' on Word records. The title track and first single off this album (written by Chris Eaton and Chris Rodriguez) shot straight to No.1 in Billboard's contemporary Christian singles chart. Rachael recorded 'No Greater Love' (co-written with Margaret Becker) for her 2002 album 'Kaleidoscope'. 'No Greater love' was No. 1 at CCM radio, also released to US pop radio. Chris has had songs recorded by other major US CCM acts as POINT OF GRACE ('When Love Came Down'), MARGARET BECKER ('Friend For Life', 'What Kind Of Love'), SHEILA WALSH ('That's What Faith Is For') and AVALON ('Hide My Soul'). Chris also co-wrote two songs, 'River Of Life'(performed by REBECCA ST JAMES) and, 'Heaven And Earth' (performed by NICOLE NORDEMAN) for the 'HEAVEN & EARTH' project on Sparrow Records.

In October 2002, Chris won an unprecedented (for a single non-US writer) 3 BMI US airplay awards for "Live For You", co-written with Chris Rodriguez and recorded by RACHAEL LAMPA; 'Adore' recorded by JACI VELASQUEZ; and, 'Lift Me Up' recorded by Rachel Lampa.

In that same year, Chris joined forces with his two long-standing business associates, Valerie Jannsen and Stuart Ongley in a co-publishing venture, based in Nashville. The fruits of this collaboration include a # 1 US CCM single; 2 tracks on the million- selling WOW compilation; a BMI award; 4 co-writes on the aforementioned Cliff Richard album, "Something's Goin' On"; "Golden" being chosen by SIR CLIFF RICHARD as the theme for his 2009 50th anniversary World Tour; a performance at London's Royal Albert Hall; songs recorded by Pop Idol finalist, CHRIS SLIGH; SELAH; CECE WINANS, AMY GRANT and BUILDING 429; an Eaton co-write, "All For You" on country superstar KEITH URBAN'S 2010 album, 'Get Closer'; Universal recording artist MARY-JESS recorded 2 songs co-written with Chris on her 2011 album 'Shine'; 2012 Christmas radio hit with "Thinking about you (This Christmas)" a song Chris wrote with the artist, PAUL CARRACK; and, 2014 Top 5 chart action in Japan with "Dream You Back" by W-INDS.

2014 saw Chris working on two musicals, either side of the Atlantic - 'Blue Christmas', a brand new mini musical written with Allison Allen in the USA, and 'The Snow Queen' written with Sue Pomeroy in the UK. Chris produced a Christmas project for the amazing Uk female artist, Mary-Jess. Chris's latest christmas hit is "1914, A Silent Night" commemorating WW1.

2015 has begun with a bang where many of Chris's brand new arrangements of old hymn classics are flowing freely through the worship world, and Chris, who writes constantly for specific worship projects for his local church, is developing his teaching side, leading seminars on songwriting/ worship leadership etc.

From 2015,Chris, along with his wife Abby, have teamed up with 'la creme de la crème', total lifestyle brand, 'Temple Spa', who specialise in luxury 5 star skin care product. They are working together to create an exciting, innovative music programme to enhance temple Spa product.

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Chris is currently producing a record for the acclaimed 'pop-opera' male vocalist, USA's David Ask. There are also plans afoot for Chris to write the music score for a brand new independent movie due for 2018 release in the UK.

For further information contact:
Valerie Jannsen at JO Music Services
- j@jomusicservices.com Stuart Ongley at JO Music Services - o@jomusicservices.com