The Christians

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


This UK band was formed in Liverpool in 1984 by Henry Priestman (21 June 1955, Hull, Humberside, England; keyboards, ex-Yachts; It’s Immaterial) and brothers Roger (b. 13 February 1950, Merseyside, England), Russell (b. 8 July 1956, Merseyside, England) and Garry Christian (b. 27 February 1955, Merseyside, England; vocals). Up until then, the brothers, who came from a family of 11, with a Jamaican immigrant father and Liverpudlian mother, had performed as a soul a cappella trio and had previously worked under a variety of names, most notably as Natural High when they made an appearance on UK television’s Opportunity Knocks talent show in 1974. The Christian brothers met Priestman, who became the band’s main songwriter, at Pete Wylie’s Liverpool studios, where Priestman convinced the trio to try recording his compositions. The resulting demo session tapes eventually led to the Christians signing to Island Records.


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