CHRISTINE WILTSHIRE

Singer Christine Wiltshire, originally a native of Brooklyn, New York, started her professional career as in the Luther Vandross quintet Luther in 1976 and broke through internationally with the Patrick Adams’s group Musique by 1978 with international hits as In The Bush and Keep On Jumpin’, which resulted in a Gold Record for album Musique and her group was nominated Billboard’s “Best Girl Group” as part of the group “Musique” in 1978. She also composed for the group.

Although not on the record cover of Alphonse Mouzon’s produced group POUSSEZ! Christine did all (lead-)vocals for that project. “Come On And Do It” and “Never Gonna Say Goodbye” became hits.

Christine got her biggest hit song with “Weekend”, originally recorded by Patrick Adams’ studio group Phreek of which Wiltshire was a member. The song was played by Larry Levan yet not commercially available. It did not enter any charts in 1976. In the early 1980s, William Socolov, co-owner of Sleeping Bag Records, invited Levan to record a new version of “Weekend”. It became more successful than the original version, and came in the British pop chart and No. 9 on the Billboard Dance chart in 1983. In 2016 “Weekend” was re-released with Blaqhol Remixes and has entered various European charts.

Christine Wiltshire toured around the world with Luther Vandross, Zulema, Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes, Samantha Sang, The Marvelettes & Marianne Faithful and others. As a session singer she can be heard on recordings by Lou Reed (female vocals on “Walk On The Wild Side”), Melba Moore, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), John Phillips (Mamas and Papas), John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Jocelyn Brown, Zulema, Candi Staton, Loleatta Holloway, Eddie Kendricks (The Temptations), Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Herbie Mann, Latoya Jackson, Cuba Gooding Sr. and Jimmy Cliff.

Through the years Christine now also developed herself as a Jazz and Standards singer and she performs songs from The Great American Songbook at Supper Clubs and intimate venues such as Club Dauphine and Nick Vollebregt’s Jazz Café in Laren. Since 2016 Christine Wiltshire lives in The Netherlands.

Bezetting

  • Christine Wiltshire
  • Vocals
  • Wilco Koster
  • Piano
  • Michael G Stratz
  • Bass
  • Stefan Franssen
  • Drums

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