As an 8 year old, the quality of Chris’ soprano voice won him a vocal scholarship to Christ Church Grammar in Melbourne. During this time and the years to follow he would perform the jazz standards while his grandmother “Kew”, who was a successful artist herself, played the piano.
His early band SKINTITE toured for 5 years and appeared on the same bill as Joe Cocker, Blondie, Meatloaf, Little River Band, José Feliciano, the Drifters, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and countless famous Australian acts.
Chris went on to have a top ten hit with his jazz/rock band BIG RED and a song called “The Traveller” when signed to PolyGram. They appeared on Countdown, Sounds, Simon Townsend’s Wonder World and other music TV programs across the country.
Chris became a regular face on TV appearing on The Midday Show, Ernie and Denise, Good Morning Australia & The Don Lane Show whilst at the same time continuing a hectic recording and touring schedule. After being seen at a recording session, Chris was contracted to play Natalie Imbruglia’s fiancé for 3 months on the international hit TV drama “Neighbours”.
Chris records regularly and had success in Asia on Pony Canyon with his solo album “Caught in the Magic” where his original song “Forever” reached number 5 on the Charts in Malaysia. He later signed to Fanfare Records and released the CD “Chris Lloyds sings Matt Monro”, an homage to one of his favourite singers and released “So Good So Far” an album of classic standards and two original tunes with guitarist Art Phillips who was musical director for Demis Roussos and Barry Manilow.
Chris performed a simulcast jazz version of the Peter Allen hit “I Still Call Australia Home” for HRH Prince Charles and thousands of other revellers at Sydney’s Darling Harbour on Australia Day and appeared in the hugely successful “Long Way To The Top” shows which toured nationally.
Chris continues to perform the wonderful jazz standards in his “Hits of the Crooners” and “The Songs of Tony Bennett” shows at conferences and events around the country.