‘..boundary breaking is routine for Collister and makes her one of the finest grown-up vocalists on the planet…’ – Q
Christine’s career now spans an incredible 29 years! Over that bridge of time she has released 19 albums … a DVD celebrating 20 years in the business and a single with the BBC : the theme tune for “The Life and Loves of a She-Devil” in 1984.
Throughout, she has mesmerized and astounded with her unique blend of soul, blues, pop, jazz, country and folk, and today she remains as powerful, subtle and effortless as ever.
‘..so much soul you think she’d been signed by Motown’ – Q
Solo albums recorded over the past decade or so have seen her convincingly interpret Smoky Robinson, Nick Drake, Robert Wyatt, Tom Waits, Paul Simon, U2 and Lal Waterson, amongst many others – whilst with every year, her own self penned or cowritten compositions have developed in depth and expression.
“Christine Collister can sing the birds down off the trees and send them back with a tiny flick of her vocal chords.” Mojo
Christine Collister grew up on the Isle of Man. Her professional recording career began in the mid 1980’s but she first came to national attention singing the 1987 theme for the BBC Television series The Life and Loves Of A She Devil. Following a fruitful association with The Richard Thompson Band, Christine enjoyed a period of critical and commercial success in a seven-year partnership with Clive Gregson. She also toured and recorded with the female super group Daphne’s Flight.
“ … a voice personally delivered by God.” The Times
Over the course of her career Christine has become a familiar name on the UK ‘live’ scene and at all major festivals from Glastonbury to Winnipeg to Cambridge. With a gravity defying voice, assured and impressive live performances and great personal charm she is a magical live performer.
‘Christine Collister has a killer voice. As full as Dusty Springfield or as blue as Alison Moyet’ – Froots
Christine has always enjoyed the collaborative process and has been an integral part of various musical projects over the years, harmonies a strong point in all of them. Hell Bent Heaven Bound, alongside Barb Jungr, Michael Parker and Ian Shaw in 1992 was part of “Pick of the Fringe” series at the South Bank following a great run at the Edinburgh Festival. Helen Watson replaced Ian Shaw for Hell Bent Heaven Bound II in 1993 . Both projects were themed collections of songs given effective and often unusual arrangements and harmonic twists – both shows were highly successful and played to packed houses both in the UK and Canada.
Christine has also worked closely with Dave Kelly, acclaimed British Blues man and long standing member of the highly acclaimed Blues Band. They have enjoyed several successful tours with a full band and most recently in 2011 with a more acoustic set-up, working with long time friend and collaborator Pete Filleul.
Christine performed as a solo act for many years but has been working with fellow Manxman Rob Cross since 2009. Rob brings a more sophisticated musical approach and his subtle use of Loop Station has brought great excitement and fun to the proceedings.
Christine’s natural warmth and intimate connection with audiences coupled with her stunning voice, make her concerts delightfully memorable events.
‘…one of the world’s finest..’ – Q
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