Legendary guitarist, singer/songwriter Chris Rea has announced details of his new album for BMG, his first new record in six years. ‘Road Songs For Lovers’, continues Rea’s obsession with travel and motion and includes songs with titles such as “Happy On The Road”, “The Road Ahead”, “The Last Train” as well as “Road Songs For Lovers” itself.
Rea was a late starter to guitar and only bought his first guitar at the age of 21. He quickly immersed himself in his local scene in the North East of England. By the mid-70s he had secured a deal with Magnet Records who issued his first album ‘Whatever Happened to Benny Santini?’ in 1978. It contained the US hit “Fool (If you Think Its Over)”. This song earned Chris a small but dedicated fanbase who took his next few albums into the low end of the UK album charts.
His sixth album ‘Wired To The Moon’ (1984) saw his sales take another step and gave him his first UK Top 40 placing. Then the following year the track “Stainsby Girls” helped the album ‘Shamrock Diaries’ into the Top 20 and his first silver disc. Every record saw him take another step: ‘On The Beach’ (1986), ‘Dancing With Strangers (1987) and his first best of ‘New Light Through Old Windows’ (1988) were all big sellers prior to his peak. ‘The Road To Hell’ (1989) and ‘Auberge’ (1991) were back to back No.1s and multi platinum sellers.
His mainstream popularity declined during the 1990s and in 2000 became very ill with pancreatic cancer but after several operations recovered to continue his career but under his terms and not pandering to record companies dictates and to this day maintains a strong following.