Chris Birkett has musical credits as record producer on more than 100 million dollars worth of music, that is still selling around the world, with artists like Bob Geldof, Quincy Jones, Seidah Garret, Sinead O’Connor, Steve Earle, Mel Brooks, The Proclaimers, The Pogues, Talking Heads, and many more..
ONE OF HIS PRODUCTIONS WAS SINEAD O’CONNOR;S HIT SINGLE “NOTHING COMPARES 2 U” in 1990.
Recording Sinéad O’Connor’s breakthrough hit was easy in some ways, but difficult in others — for example, all compression was forbidden…Chris Birkett
Sinéad O’Connor’s Nothing Compares To You is still popular on radio and youtube.
Chris Birkett strongly believes in allowing artists to express themselves creatively, with as little influence from the producer and engineers, as possible, during the recording process.
He also sees the vocals as the most important part of any singer’s album.
An artist, himself, he’s sensitive to the vision his clients share with him about their projects….working dilligently to ensure success.
Chris has received numerous awards for his work overseas including two AMPEX golden reel awards for English artists ‘Five Star’ and South African group ‘Mango Groove’.
Artists Buffy Sainte Marie and Sinead O’Connor have received the highest industry recognition for albums Chris produced – a Grammy for Sinead’s – “I do not want what I haven’t got” and a Juno in Canada for Buffy’s 2009 CD, “Running for the Drum”
In 2006, Chris recorded and produced an album with Etran Finatawa at his studio in Bordeaux, South West France for “World Music Network” and it was voted “Best World Music album 2006” in Songlines magazine and by the BBC.
As either a producer, sound engineer or in mixing the final product, Chris is fully involved in the production of his client’s music.
He also plays a variety of instruments and sings backing vocals on many of the recordings he produces.
Among the many artists he has worked with, below, are but a few.
Dexys Midnight Runners
Talitha Mac Kenzie
In 2020, Chris returned from Finland where he recorded a contemporary artist GEA, Laura Avonius, who is touring the world and coming to Toronto in April. Lots of great projects in the works…
Here they are on the Island of Montserrat, producing an album for UK punk star John Otway, at the recording studio mansion of George Martin (The 5th Beatle)