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Realising at an early age that if you picked up a guitar you got attention, especially from her dad whose guitar it usually was, it was inevitable that she would get one of her own. So at the ripe old age of three, she got her first guitar, a half size acoustic.
At seven she started lessons but soon noticed that not only did the electric guitars have a smaller neck, making them ideal for little hands, but they could also make a lot more noise. After more lessons and a lot more noise, and at the grand old age of eight she became the youngest person in the country to pass a Rockschool grade. More lessons followed and with them came the realisation that if you want people to listen, you need to sing!
So it came to pass that at the age of twelve she arrived at the famous Melborn Hotel in Bradford to play and sing at the weekly jam session. Helped and encouraged by all the musicians, she developed rapidly into a incredible rock and blues musician.
Now described as a "prodigy", a visit from a major label soon followed and at fourteen she was told "great voice, but girls don't play guitar like that!" by the head of their A&R. Their advice to change styles because boys would be intimidated was met with an attitude of "that's their problem! I'm not changing!" Singing and playing on national television and radio soon followed.
Then came a change of direction, studying with a view to becoming an English teacher, musically she went away from live performance to concentrate on her exams, whilst at the same time recording and writing, and having passed her A Levels, chose music.
Now qualified at Grade Eight, the wrong “A” Levels required for a music degree course meant enrolling at the world renowned Leeds College of Music for a Btec in Popular Music where she became the first student in the college’s history to achieve a 100% pass mark, 18 distinctions. Progressing onto the degree course she became the holder of the prize for outstanding musicianship for 2006/7 on the way to achieving a First Class Honours degree in Popular Music in July 2009 and at the same time the award for guitar.
Once free of the restrictions of studying, she started performing both solo and with her band throughout the UK, quickly building a following and being asked to play at festivals throughout the UK and Europe.
This has now led to the release of her debut album "Like No Other", from which the track "Help Me" has been included in the worldwide release from Universal Records "100 Years of The Blues".
In September 2011, Chantel was voted 'Young Artist Of The Year' at the British Blues Awards.
Imagine the technique and tone of Robin Trower, the feel of Bonnie Raitt, the inspiration of Hendrix, the influence of SRV, the energy of Bonamassa and the intensity of Trout all rolled into one.
Chantel McGregor is one of the most exciting rock blues guitarists in the country.This is rock blues for the new age, played by a musician born with an effortless virtuosity, peppered by flights of incendiary guitar and flanked by moments of poise, grace and fluidity…
Chantel’s debut album, "Like No Other", showcases this, along with her genuine talent as a singer and songwriter.
Winner of the Young Artist Award at the British Blues Awards 2011
Live version of title track on YouTube ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cByo6W5AQU
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