Garry Christian Songwriter & Vocalist of The Christians Biography
Garry Christian is a Triple Platinum, multi-million selling award winning musician and songwriter, known as the lead vocalist of The Christians, an international chart hit band from the UK.
In his established career Garry Christian has not only sung with The Christians, but other artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers) and Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), collaborating on number 1 singles. As The Christians lead vocalist, Garry and the band also enjoyed a run of 8 consecutive UK top 40 hits (10 in total) with top ten albums in the UK and Europe.
Being described as ‘….The Temptations in Ripped Jeans’ by one rock critic, their multi-platinum debut album ‘The Christians’ hit the UK Album Charts at nunber 2, featuring Top 30 hits, ‘Hooverville’, ‘Forgotten Town’, ‘Ideal World’, and ‘Born Again’. This album holds the record for the highest ever recorded sales for a debut album at Island Records.
The bands’ name was drawn from the three brothers from the original line-ups’ surname, and also coincidentally the middle name of songwriter/guitarist/keyboards player Henry Priestman. As part of The Christians Garry has appeared not only on ‘Top of the Pops’ five times but also several times on iconic music show ‘The Tube’, and many international shows including flagship UK television show ‘Wogan’.
In 1988 The Christians released a cover of the ‘Harvest for the World’ (Isley Brothers) which entered the UK Top Ten singles chart and all proceeds going to British Third World charities.
In 1989 as part of The Christians Garry performed with fellow Liverpool artists Sir Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) and Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers) on a version of ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’. This single was released in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough football disaster, topping the charts in numerous countries to become an international hit.
Second Album ‘Colour’ | The 90’s
Second album ‘Colour’ went straight to the number one spot on the UK Album Charts, replacing ‘No Jacket Required’ (Phil Collins). ‘Words’ (the most successful single from the album) was an international hit, reaching number 1 in France.
In 1992 ‘Happy In Hell’ (1992), their third album, reached No. 18 in the album charts and included the singles ‘What’s In A Word’ and ‘The Bottle’.
In the early 90’s The Christians continued to tour and also released a greatest hits album, ‘The Best Of The Christians’ (1993) which also featured new track, ‘Perfect Moment’, and a version of Bob Marley’s ‘Small Axe’.
Garry moved to Paris in the mid 90’s to produce solo album ‘Your Cool Mystery’ (1998), with The Christians reforming and touring at the end of the decade.
The early years of the new Millenium saw The Christians performing numerous acoustic sets across the UK whilst working on their studio album ‘Prodigal Sons’, released in 2003 and showcased on a UK tour. This was released in 2003 and showcased on a nationwide tour. Garry Christian also released a second solo album ‘How Does It Feel’ in 2004.
Garry, accompanied by a number of guest musicians, continued to tour and released several live albums during this decade.
The Christians fifth studio album, ‘Soul From Liverpool’, featured a number of new songs plus noteworthy versions of other artists’ songs including Bob Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’, The Beatles’ ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and a powerful ‘Where Do The Children Play’ (Cat Stevens). This confirmed the band’s ability to reinterpret other’s work to great effect.
2012 saw the 25th anniversary of The Christians debut album’s success, and The Christians released ‘Speed Of Life’ to mark this milestone. Deluxe versions of both their debut album ‘The Christians’, and second album ‘Colour’ were also released, including a number of bonus tracks and remixes.
The Christians have continued to tour extensively in the UK, Spain and France receiving rave reviews for their live performances. Chris Evans described The Christians set on air in December 2013 as ‘the best gig I’ve ever been to’. Another album, ‘We’, was released in late September 2015, and a double-header tour with Roachford followed where the new material was promoted. 2017 saw The Christians touring extensively to mark the 30th anniversary of their debut album.
Additionally, the album ‘Sings & Strings’ was released which featured the reworking of 8 of their best known songs (plus ‘Harvest For The World’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’) with a gospel choir accompanied only by a string quartet and piano. Shortly after, The Christians embarked on a 30 day Triple Header Tour with Altered Images and Midge Ure.
As a member of The Christians and also as a solo performer, Garry has toured Internationally, and Garry has also released solo albums including ‘Your Cool Mystery‘ and ‘How Does it Feel‘. Garry continues to tour both as a solo artist and with The Christians and release albums, including an extensive tour in 2017 to mark the 30th anniversary release of their debut multi-platinum album.
Garry is available for solo bookings and also for bookings as part of The Christians.