GUITARIST Chantel McGregor will be heading to Bromsgrove’s Artrix on Saturday, September 8.
She was billed as a prodigy at the age of 14, when she was told by the major labels ‘she had a great voice but girls don’t play guitar like that’.
She ignored the comments and became the first student at Leeds College of Music to achieve a 100 per cent pass mark with 18 distinctions, leaving with a first class honours degree in Popular Music and the college’s coveted ‘musician of the year’ award.
In previous years, Chantel stepped out in the professional musician world and stunned people with her live performances, proving she had the ability to perform rock for the new age.
She has since built a loyal and growing fanbase who follow her wherever she goes and was invited to perform with Joe Bonamassa on two of his UK tours.
When she released her 2011 debut album ‘Like No Other’ one critic said: “Chantel McGregor deserves to be held up as a messiah of blues-rock and given her own mountain.
“She doesn’t strum or pick her guitar but almost bends and distorts it, as if she’s channelling the ghost of Hendrix through her fingers.”
The album was produced by Livingstone Brown whose credits include Ed Sheeran, Robin Trower and Shakira.
The beautifully-crafted collection showcased Chantel’s versatility and talent as a singer-songwriter.
Chantel’s follow up album ‘Lose Control’, again produced by Livingstone Brown, was released in October 2015 to critical acclaim.
Tickets for next Saturday’s gig, which starts at 8pm, are £14 in advance and £16 on the door.
They are available by visiting artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.
Visit www.chantelmcgregor.com for more on Chantel and her music.