A graduate of Leeds Music College, Chris’ early career included work as a session keyboard player, songwriter and arranger for bands including The Johnny Mars Band, Dark Lady – Henry Cluney’s band post Stiff Little Fingers- Long Distantz and Forcefield – a band that also included drummer Cozy Powell, guitarists Jan Akkerman and Ray Fenwick, vocalists Tony Martin and Graham Bonet and bassist Neil Murray – as well as acting as musical director for singers including Jon English, John Parr & Sacha Distel. He wrote a stage musical, Shaka Zulu, with Mike Hurst, a concept album, Facades, with Alan Attfield, as well as new songs and a score for a production of The Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny by Bertolt Brecht that was performed in Stratford, east London.
Since 1985 Chris has established an international reputation as one of the best programmers/music editors working in film and television soundtrack music production, composing scores for BBC TV, Channel Four, Central TV & Granada TV in the UK and HBO in the USA. Chris has also acted as music editor and Auricle consultant as well as keyboard/computer programmer on more than 150 feature films from major Hollywood studios including Dreamworks, Warner Bros, Disney, Paramount, Universal, 20th Century Fox and HBO. The music scores Chris has worked on have earned 15 Academy Award Oscar nominations, winning on four occasions.
Chris has met with international success producing over 130 instrumental albums for Telstar, EMI and
Demon as well as “library” albums for Music House, Noise Pump, EMI and his own Zoommpro
company. He has been awarded both gold and silver album awards for sales from the BPI – including for 'Synthesizer', the first top ten album to be recorded in a home studio – and has
worked on many rock sessions including tracks for Terry Britten, John Parr, Harry Nilsson, and Francis Rossi. Chris has had his songs recorded and performed by such world-renowned artists as Graham Bonet & Jan Akkerman, Joe Fagin & Jon English and has co-written songs with Mike Hurst & Cozy Powell, among others. He has also performed production and arranging duties for various record companies and publishing houses including Genie, Peer Southern and The Really Useful Group. Chris has also written advertising jingles and scripts for LBC Radio in London.
Chris divides his time between the USA and the UK – with projects including song writing; film and television music soundtrack production; and music editing, composing and writing.