“The title just seemed appropriate because of the variety of styles of the songs, which cross from one genre to another,” says Chris Norman of his upcoming studio album “Crossover”. Indeed, the Yorkshire-born singer and songwriter, who launched his successful solo career with the single “Midnight Lady” back in 1986, rarely sounded as versatile and genre-defying as he does over the course of the 12 tracks he recorded for his new full-length. Also featuring bonus track “Forty Years On” – a remix of the song Norman exclusively penned for the recent anniversary release “Smokie Gold 1975-2015” –, album opener “Waiting” serves as the album’s first single, worldwide available online on ITunes, Amazon ecetera. After the album release, Chris Norman will once again embark on a massive 18-date tour of Germany in November, with more dates in other countries/territories to be announced shortly.
Born into a show business family going back two generations, it’s hardly surprising that Chris Norman fell in love with music at a very young age: Chris was only three years old when he decided to walk on stage and join the finale line up for a show in which his parents were appearing. Four years later, aged seven, he got his first guitar, and at 11, Chris started at St. Bede’s Grammar School in Bradford where he met Alan Silson and Terry Uttley– the future members of Smokie. In 1973 Pete Spencer completed the line up. From 1975 Smokie dominated the charts in UK and various other countries, Chris and the Band released a string of (leave out the number) hit singles over the next years, including “If You Think You Know How To Love Me,” “Living Next Door To Alice,” Mexican Girl,” “It´s Your Life” and “Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone”.