Imagine the tone of Robin Trower, the inspiration of Hendrix, the influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the energy of Bonamassa, the intensity of Walter Trout and the haunting vocal of Stevie Nicks all rolled into one........ then let me introduce Chantel McGregor, one of the most exciting rock and blues musicians that the UK has ever produced!
At the age of eight Chantel became the youngest person in the country to pass a Rock school exam and at 12, she was jamming in her native Bradford and evolving into an incredible musician.
Described as a prodigy, at 14 Chantel was told by major labels "great voice, but girls don't play guitar like that!" Wisely ignoring that advice, she enrolled at the world-renowned Leeds College of Music and became the first student in the college’s history, to achieve a 100% pass mark, with 18 distinctions. Chantel left with a First Class Honours degree in Popular Music and a coveted prize, for outstanding musicianship.
Chantel has since stepped out in the pro-musician world and her stunning live performances are proving that this is rock blues for the new age, played by a musician born with an effortless virtuosity, peppered by flights of incendiary guitar and flanked by moments of poise, grace and fluidity............
If you measure an artist’s prospects by the company they keep, then this Miss is clearly heading in the right direction, having been invited to perform on stage by Joe Bonamassa, the American blues supremo, on two of his tours so far!
Chantel's debut album, Like No Other, is a beautifully crafted compilation, that showcases her versatility and genuine talent, as a singer-songwriter!
Also being part of the centenary album "100 Years of the Blues", in the company of the all time greats and "Blues Fury", the new rock revolution, is testament to her highly regarded reputation in the music world!
Chantel was voted Young Artist of the Year, in the British Blues Awards 2011, and is absolutely delighted, to have been voted Female Vocalist of the Year, in the British Blues Awards 2012.
Despite being kept very busy touring the UK and playing in Europe and Scandinavia, Chantel was very proud to have been involved in the prestigious BBC Introducing Masterclass 2012 and is really looking forward to playing in Frome.
Don't miss out on seeing Chantel and other great artists, at Frome Blues Festival, on Sunday 21 October
The festival is based at the Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE
Earlybird tickets are £22 and to book, please call the Box Office on 01373 455 420 or go online at http://tinyurl.com/396lyxd
To see, hear and find out more about Chantel, and where she is playing next, please visit http://tinyurl.com/3twedpv
Don’t be late, the music starts at 1pm and Chantel is on stage at 7pm!
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012
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