See the Christians perform here on Jules Holland
and here performing with Lionel Richie
The Christians are a soul band
from Liverpool, England, scoring several UK chart hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They consisted of Garry Christian (lead
vocals), Roger Christian (vocals), Russell Christian (keyboards, saxophone, vocals) and Henry Priestman (b. 21 September 1955)
(keyboards, guitars, vocals). The band’s name refers to the Christian brothers’ surname (which is coincidentally also
Priestman’s middle name), rather than any religious sentiment.
Their first three singles all made the Top 40 in
the Britain, and their eponymously-titled 1987 debut album entered the UK album chart at number 2, and eventually sold over a
million copies. The highest placed single from this album was “Ideal World”, which reached number 14 in the UK singles
This line up (comprising Garry Christian /vocals, Henry
Priestman/keys,accordion, Neil Griffiths/acoustic guitar/backing vocals, Stewart Boyle/electric guitar, Bobby Kewley/bass, and
Craig Connet/drums) was unveiled on the autumn 2005 tour.