ARTIST NAME: The Chris White Experience
SONG TITLE: Make The Lady Smile
ALBUM TITLE: Volume Two
RELEASE DATE: 30.08.2019
GENRE: Classic Rock
State your history.
I am a member and writer with The Zombies, and later producer and writer for a variety of artists…
Describe yourself as an artist.
I am a songwriter, fortunate enough to have been in The Zombies and produced albums with Argent and Colin Blunstone.
Tell us the genre of your music.
Tell us the story behind your song.
In 1977 I began writing with Tim Renwick who played guitar with Elton John, Clapton, and Pink Floyd amongst others. This was one of our songs.
Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.
Musicians always face the same problem – Making enough money to survive.
Discuss the recording of the song.
Recorded at Pathway Studios in London during the ’70s and never released until now. An unused demo!
List the names of blogs, radio, or television stations that have supported you so far.
Skylight, Pop Culture Classics, Strange Brew Podcast, Ace Records.
Elaborate on your music career, experience, and future goals.
I have been in the music industry for over 50 years as a musician, producer, and writer.
This year The Zombies were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which was an incredible honor.
Now my goals are to continue to create and continue to find and release these hidden gems with The Chris White Experience.
Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
It’s nothing more than the need to create.
Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.
Write what you know. If there is a secret, nobody has ever told me.
Tell the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Write, write, write, and write! And then write some more!
Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have received.
I began my career in The Zombies. We were together for two albums, our last release being Odessey & Oracle which has been praised a lot over recent years after being ignored upon release.
With The Zombies I was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, which will probably remain as the highest recognition we will achieve.
After The Zombies, I produced Argent (with Rod Argent) and wrote the hit Hold Your Head Up. Other albums I particularly enjoyed working on were for Colin Blunstone (One Year, Ennismore, Journey) and Matthew Fisher (Strange Days).
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I wish I knew. It is hard to schedule creativity, and it can strike anywhere and from any source. When it does come there is never a set way to write or record a song. Much depends on the situation you are in, and the tools available.
Name your favorite artists for collaboration.
Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Tim Renwick, Matthew Fisher, John Verity…
Share your press release and reviews with us.
In March of this year (2019) The Zombies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a British invasion alongside Radiohead and The Cure.
On stage with Rod Argent, Hugh Grundy and Colin Blunstone were Chris White; the man who co-produced and wrote more than half of the seminal Odessey & Oracle album, who composed (the now standard) This Will Be Our Year and who penned and co-produced the worldwide hit Hold Your Head Up for Argent.
His acceptance speech from the night, widely quoted in Rolling Stone, beautifully summarized the golden age of recording: “Music and songs are the bookmarks in all our lives; it’s the language that binds us all together”.
The Chris White Experience is an incredible collection of unreleased recordings from the last 50 years.
After The Zombies, Chris White co-produced albums for both Colin Blunstone (including Say You Don’t Mind) and Argent (including God Gave Rock And Roll To You).
The popularity of his songwriting has been celebrated by diverse artists (Beck, Paul Weller, Tom Petty, The Foo Fighters) recorded in a number of languages, and reached number one worldwide (Japan, Europe, and America).
Yet much of his work from 1976 onwards has remained elusive. This collection of demos co-writes, and unreleased gems are the second in a planned series detailing his work as a songwriter between 1976 – 2019.
Most of these songs have never been heard, genuinely unreleased until now, which is exciting considering the caliber of talent involved.
With collaborations and contributions featuring Tim Renwick (Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Elton John) Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone (The Zombies) Kevin Finn and Eve Graham (New Seekers) Jim Rodford (The Kinks, Argent) Stuart Elliott (Cockney Rebel, Kate Bush) and many more.
Following on from the acclaimed Volume One, it is a brilliant and vital document in the history of British music and analog recording.
The Chris White Experience – Volume Two features 13 tracks to showcase more of his considerable songwriting catalog, with so much beyond to discover.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.
We don’t spend a lot on promotion but do send digital promos out when we release a new album. Aside from the usual social media channels, I am fortunate enough to receive a small natural boost from being in The Zombies and am currently on tour with them and Brian Wilson in America.
Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.
Things mostly take care of themselves. My sons manage the output for The Chris White Experience.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
The Chris White Experience: For anyone interested in experiencing me. I didn’t pick the name…
State the title of the song and the meaning.
Make The Lady Smile – a man realizing how he has used someone badly and trying to make up for it.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
Volume Two – It’s the second volume in a series of albums I am releasing containing a number of never-before-heard songs I have written over the last 50 or so years and some wonderful collaborations.