Based in Cairns, professional singer Chris Lloyds travels the country performing the jazz standards. He performs as a solo performer, with a pianist or guitarist, a trio or a Big Band.
In 2016 Chris and Art Phillips released an acoustic swing version of "Forever and Ever" as a tribute to Demis Roussos who passed away in January 2015. Art was demis's musical director for 3 years in the 80s.
Chris released his 3rd solo album, “Chris Lloyds Sings Matt Monro” on Fanfare Records through Ambition/Universal Music in 2013. He appeared on Channel 7s ‘The Morning Show’ promoting it during his Flashback Friday segment. Australia's most popular talkback presenter, Alan Jones named it album of the week in April that year.
In 2011 Chris released “So Good So Far” with guitarist Art Phillips. 10 standards and 2 original songs were recorded live in the studio as Perry Como and Tony Mottola had done in the 1960s. Art Phillips was Barry Manilow’s and Demis Rousos’s MD during the 80s.
Chris was born in Melbourne and started singing at the age of 7. He became head chorister at Christ Church in South Yarra. His professional singing career began in the late 1970s as lead singer of the touring band Skintite. In the 80s Chris fronted the jazz/rock outfit Big Red who were signed to Mercury/Polygram and released the top 10 hit ‘The Traveller’ and appeared on Countdown, Sounds and Simon Townsend’s Wonder World. The late 80s saw Chris move to Los Angeles where he remained for 2 years writing songs and recorded at Pasha Studios, Studio West, Salty Dog Studios and Herbie Hancock’s private studio in Hollywood.
On returning to Sydney, Chris became one of the country’s busiest session singers and was one of the most heard voices on Australian radio and TV and sang on many overseas commercials. He also sang the theme songs ‘Carry On’ and ‘Runaway’ for the TV series “The Henderson Kids” starring Kylie Minogue. Chris signed to Mega/Sony records and released the stirring duet ‘Sometimes When We Touch’ with Laurin James (Lori Balmer) and later the single ‘It’s Driving Me Crazy’.
In 1995 Chris achieved success in Malaysia with his first solo album ‘Caught in the Magic’ released through Pony Canyon/Devine Music. Whilst performing in Kuala Lumpur, his original song ‘Forever’ went to number 5 on the charts.
Chris is a regular face on TV and recently appeared on 'Mornings' with Larry and Kylie singing a duet with Kylie Gillies, 'The Daily Edition', Ernie and Denise’s ‘In Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane Today’, ‘The Midday Show with Ray Martin’, ‘Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton’ and ‘The Don Lane Show’ while at the same time continued a busy recording and performing schedule.
After being spotted at a recording session he was asked to audition for ‘Neighbours’ and was ecstatic when he got the call to play Rod Baker, Beth Brennan’s (Natalie Imbruglia’s) fiancé for a few months. He’s also appeared in “The Straits”, “GP” and “E-Street”. His movie credits include the musical, “South Pacific” and detective series “The Shanahan Mysteries”. Other highlights in Chris’s career have been opening for international acts Blondie, Joe Cocker, José Feliciano and Meatloaf and many chart topping Australian bands; touring nationally with ‘Long Way To The Top’, Dr Hook and Birtles, Shorrock, Goble, and performing a simulcast jazz version of “I still call Australia Home” at Sydney’s Darling Harbour on Australia Day for HRH Prince Charles and thousands of revelers.
Chris hosted the very popular "Mornings in the Arena" show at The Reef Hotel Casino for more than seven years.
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