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 classic radio rotation today. He enjoyed continued success with The Earth Band with 5 more top ten singles in England and Europe. Recently MMEB had two top five singles in Germany with Dance 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, Sarah Brightman, Brittney Spears and Toto.
Chris recorded and toured with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band from 1974 to 1999. With Manfred Mann together for Night of the Proms in 2005. Chris toured with Rock Meets Classics in 2012 and 2013. Also from 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. He is still actively touring Europe with The Mads Eriksen Band (his band of 14 years).
In 1979 Chris recorded 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 recorded solo albums since 1984 culminating in 2014 with the critically acclaimed ‘Toys & Dishes‘ and in 2015 ‘Jukebox, The Ultimate Collection’ a 36 song, 2 CD Set, that spans Chris’s career from 1975 to 2015.
He recently recorded 4 new original Christmas songs and ‘Silent Night’ for a Christmas EP “Get Ready for Christmas” released November 2015.
Chris has written songs for or with The Doobie Brothers, Roger Daltry, Alan Parsons, Ray Charles, Rita Coolidge, Michael McDonald, Patrick Simmons, Bonnie Tyler, Isaac Hayes, Jan Hammer, Jennifer Rush, Heart, John Farnham, Peter Maffey, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Harold Faltermeyer, Oxenconect, David Foster, Night, Elkie Brooks, Jane Wiedlin and Starship.
Vocals on record with Tina Turner, Elton John, Roger Daltry, Brian May, Ozzie 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 Earth Band, 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, The Doobie Brothers, Huey Lewis, Rita Coolidge, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Tyler, Anastasia, Miss Dynamite, Soweto Gospel Choir, Bob Geldof, Youssou N’Dour, Jan Hammer, Extreme, Jennifer Rush, Bonnie Tyler, Heart, Mavis Staples, Paul Rogers, Starship, John Farnham, Peter Maffey, Joe Walsh, Seal and Zucchero.
Of particular note is the worldwide No. 1 hit, ‘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 No. 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.
2016 looks like being another busy year for Chris, starting with German concerts 14th and 15th of January and a Benefit Concert in aid of Het Balanske on the 17th January in Leuven Belgium with friends Bonnie Tyler and Koen Buyse.