CHRIS THOMPSON was born in England and raised in New Zealand. He returned to England, as a professional musician in 1973. His vocals made a permanent mark on the landscape of modern rock with the release of ‘Blinded by the Light’ with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in 1976, a No. 1 hit throughout the world then and still on worldwide constant radio rotation today. He enjoyed continued success with The Earth Band with 5 more top ten singles in England and Europe. They recently had two top five singles in Germany with remixes of “For You” and “Blinded by the Light”.
Well known for his high-energy vocal powers and moving ballads, his talents have been used by the likes of Jeff Wayne, Queen, Elton John, Tina Turner, Alan Parsons and Jan Hammer and Sarah Brightman. Chris recorded and toured with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band from 1974 to 1999 and has recorded 7 solo albums, including 2 albums with his band Night, with 1 top 5 singles in the USA, “If You Remember Me” and 1 top 20 single “ Hot Summer Night”.
In 1984 Chris worked with Doobie Brother, Patrick Simmons on his solo album “Arcade”.
Chris has written songs for or with The Doobie Brothers, Roger Daltry, Alan Parsons, Ray Charles, Rita Coolidge, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Tyler, Isaac Hayes, Jan Hammer, Jennifer Rush, Heart, John Farnham, Peter Maffey, Manfred Mann’s Earthband, Harold Faltermeyer, Oxenconect, David Foster, Night, Elkie Brooks, Jane Wiedlin and Starship.
Vocals on record with Tina Turner, Elton John, Roger Daltry, Brian May, Ozzy Ozbourne, Queen, Britney Spears, Def Leppard, The London Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Brightman, Toto, Ray Charles, Mike Oldfield, Alan Parsons, Bonnie Tyler, Isaac Hayes, Jan Hammer, Peter Maffey, Harold Faltermeyer. Jeff Wayne’s “The War of the Worlds, Manfred Mann’s Earthband, Mavis Staples and Night.
Performed Live with the following artists:, Elton John, Roger Daltry, Brian May, Queen, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, George Michael, Liza Minelli, Alan Parsons, The London Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Brightman, Ray Charles, The Doobie Brothers Huey Lewis, Rita Coolidge, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Tyler, Isaac Hayes, Anastasia, Miss Dynamite, Soweto Gospel Choir, Bob Geldof, Youssou N’Dour, Jan Hammer, Extreme, Jennifer Rush, Bonnie Tyler, Isaac Hayes, Heart, Mavis Staples, Paul Rogers, Starship, John Farnham, Peter Maffey, Joe Walsh, Seal and Zucchero.
Of particular note is the worldwide No. 1, ‘You’re the Voice’ recorded by John Farnham, of which Chris was a writer.
Chris wrote (with Harold Faltermeyer) and sang the anthem “The Challenge” which was used for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in 1989 and was # 1 in Germany. The next year he sang “ This is the Moment” at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth games in Auckland, New Zealand.
In 1992 Chris worked with the remaining members of Queen preparing for the Freddie Mercury tribute concert at Wembley Stadium in London at which he performed. He has continued to work with Brian May and Roger Taylor in various capacities since then, culminating in the 2003 Nelson Mandela 46664 Concert in CapeTown, South Africa, being responsible for rehearsing the band and the Soweto Gospel Choir, also singing “The Show Must Go On” with Queen at the concert. He provided vocal support for all the other artists.
In 2005, Chris again linked up with Manfred Mann for 22 sold out shows in Germany with “Night of the Proms”.
Chris has toured since 2004 with Jeff Wayne’s musical version of “The War Of The Worlds” in England, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Finishing December 2010 with 21 sold out shows in England.
Chris continues to work extensively in Europe with The Mads Eriksen Band, Spike Edneys SAS band as well as various other projects including Rock meets Classics in January 2011 with Steve Lukather and Ian Gillan.
Chris is releasing an album of songs from the 20s / 30s / 40s and 50s with Big Band and Orchestra entitled “ Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me” on 5th of October 2012.
He continues to work on his multimedia, musical, stage show – more about this in the news section soon!