2014 marks Chantel’s return to studio recording after 3 years of constant touring and festival appearances that followed the launch of her independent record label with the release of her debut album “Like No Other”.
Emerging from the UK’s vibrant Blues-Rock scene, Chantel is currently working with her band on pre-production rehearsals of her new material, and the results so far indicate that new the recordings are more likely to draw comparisons with contemporary chart Rock artists than the guitar greats from yesteryear with whom Chantel is usually associated.
In 2013 Chantel became the first female artist to be voted "Guitarist of the Year" in the history of the British Blues Awards. Last week the legendary Paul Jones announced on his BBC Radio 2 Show that Chantel had again won Guitarist of The Year 2014, and played a track from her 1st album.
On hearing the track, Chris Evans played it the very next day on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.
Paul’s introduction to Chantel’s track last week said it all: "Chantel McGregor and a piece called Cat Song from her album Like No Other, which reminds us that not only is she a very fine singer indeed, but a quite stunning guitarist. Congratulations to her on beating fierce opposition”
Paul Jones has always championed Chantel, resulting in Chantel holding the record for the longest song ever played on Radio 2 (from a live session at Maida Vale) and for the longest live session in a 1 hour show (again on Radio 2).
Chantel's debut album, Like No Other, was released on her own label and produced by Livingstone Brown, who has worked with a wide and diverse range of artists over the years, including Kylie Minogue, Shakira and Ed Sheeran.
If you measure an artist’s prospects by the company they keep, then Chantel is clearly heading in the right direction: Chantel performed straight after Eric Clapton on the same stage, has been invited by Joe Bonamassa to jam with him on two of his UK tour dates so far, and has also featured alongside Jeff Beck, Keith Richards and Albert Lee on a worldwide DVD celebrating 60 years of the Fender Telecaster.
As early as 2011 Chantel was invited to contribute a track from her debut album to a compilation of recordings featuring legendary artists like The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart and Robert Plant.
That same year saw Chantel win the first of five Awards in four consecutive years in the fiercely competitive British Blues Awards: Young Artist of the Year 2011; Female Vocalist of the Year 2012; both Female Vocalist of the Year and Guitarist of the Year 2013; and most recently Guitarist of the Year 2014 for the second time in a row!
Chantel was also involved in the delivery of a BBC Introducing Masterclass, broadcast from the legendary Abbey Road Studios, and BBC Maida Vale Studios in London.
Rocking out with her band or performing solo acoustic sets, Chantel never fails to impress. Imagine the tone and inspiration of Jimi Hendrix, the energy of Royal Blood plus the intensity of Black Keys, in contrast with the ethereal acoustic sounds of Eva Cassidy and the haunting vocal of Stevie Nicks all rolled into one..........introducing Chantel McGregor, hailed one of the UK’s most exciting artists!
To see, hear and find out more about this refreshing, creative and original young artist, and discover where Chantel is playing next, please visit Chantel's website at http://www.chantelmcgregor.com
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