A female guitar prodigy, at fourteen
Chantel was told by major labels that she had a "great voice, but girls
don't play guitar like that!" Wisely ignoring the comments, she
enrolled at the Leeds College of Music and became the first student in
the college’s history, to achieve a 100% pass mark, with 18
distinctions. Chantel left with a First Class Honours degree in Popular
Music and a coveted prize, the college’s musician of the year award.
In previous years, Chantel stepped out in the pro-musician world and her
stunning live performances demonstrated that she had the ability to
perform rock for the new age, played by a musician born with an
effortless virtuosity. Since then, she has built a loyal and growing
fan base who follow her every move.
If you measure an artist’s prospects by the company they keep, then
Chantel has been moving in the right direction. Early in her career,
Chantel was invited to perform with Joe Bonamassa, on two of his UK
When Chantel 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 production credits include Ed Sheeran, Robin
Trower, and Shakira. The end result was a beautifully crafted debut
album that showcased Chantel’s versatility and talent as a
Chantel’s follow up album, LOSE CONTROL, again produced by Livingstone
Brown, was released in October 2015 to critical acclaim.
All About Rock’s review of the album said:
'The album in its entirety has a common theme running through of gothic
imagery which makes it almost a concept album but each track stands out
on its own. Chantel’s double tracked vocals are amazingly tight & the
production on this album sounds loose which is a compliment to
Livingstone Brown & Chantel who have obviously spent a lot of time on
the arrangements. The girl can obviously shred but she does so in a very
understated & despite the title of the album, a controlled way.
Recommended for fans of blues, rock, Jeff Buckley, Marillion, Big &
Rich, Country & Nick Drake. This is a hard album to categorize & pigeon
hole which in this day & age of labels & boxes is a good thing.'
Planetmosh reviewed the
album with the following comment:
'The album is full of great guitar work, but Chantel McGregor isn’t just
a guitar player – she does the vocals too and they are equally
impressive. She’s got a great voice and the variety of songs on the
album allows her to demonstrate a range of styles vocally. It really is
a great album.'
The single, Take The Power, was play-listed for 5 weeks on Planet Rock
Chantel is currently writing for her third album, debuting some of the
new tracks on her 2019 tour which is currently taking place throughout
the UK and Europe and has released a live album which also has some of
the new tracks on.
Review by Tim Marcus
& Darren Mcveigh from Metal Planet Music.
'Up next was someone I have seen before, Yorkshire’s very own Chantel
McGregor. Her shy, “girl next door”, off stage persona combined with her
soft spoken Yorkshire accent belie the power and energy of her
performance on stage. Chantel didn’t become a professional musician by
She’s been performing live gigs since the age of 12, schooled at a music
college and achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music.
Along with her current band members, Colin Sutton on bass and Thom
Gardner on drums, they form an awesome power trio playing an eclectic
mix of blues based tunes, composed by Chantel, ranging from traditional
blues numbers complimented perfectly by the purity of her singing voice,
to a much more raunchy blues rock style.
And boy, can that girl play guitar! With several complicated solos she
proved that she can shred with the best of them as her and her guitar
became one. I know that there were plenty of people there at the Blues
Stage to see Ritchie Kotzen later that day, Chantel included, however I
was left completely mesmerised and for me, Chantel was guitarist of the