Naz Don't Cry

It was when the subject came up chatting with fans after a gig years ago that our manager Emma first thought about how the band might help in the plight of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her unjust imprisonment. We (the band) talked about how the words from ‘Man Don’t Cry’ (a track from our number one album 'COLOUR' released back in 1991) couldn’t be more appropriate in describing the Ratcliffe’s distressing predicament. We talked ourselves out of it thinking the bands' profile wasn’t big enough to make a difference and the years rolled on. But after seeing Richard Ratcliffe recently on his 21 day hunger strike, we just couldn’t bear NOT to do anything and decided to take action. After getting on the phone to Island Records (who immediately pledged their support in distributing the track) it was decided to record ‘Naz Don’t Cry’ with all download proceeds going to REDRESS (an international human rights organisation which helped to get Richard out to Iran and raised awareness, and secured diplomatic protection in the UK for Nazanin). On December 1st lead singer Garry Christian and band members from THE CHRISTIANS, writer Henry Priestman, accompanied by Richard Ratcliffe and his (& Nazanin’s) daughter Gabrielle recorded the track at Coastal Sound studios in Liverpool (with all parties including studio owner Tim Speed agreeing to waive all fees) ‘As the song goes …. We only hope she knows that there are people here who care .. The song is just to deliver the simple message that we are all still standing shoulder to shoulder with Nazanin, her devoted husband Richard and their beautiful daughter Gabrielle. It's absolutely desperate that after all these years, she STILL hasn’t been released back to her family. We really hope that this song can help in some tiny way.


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Described as "the Temptations in ripped jeans ......" by one rock critic, the Liverpool band's infectious melodies and warm harmonies had a deep emotional undercurrent. Feeding on accusations, protest, despair and even self-doubt, their "socially aware soul" made a big impact on the complacent music scene of the late 80s. The band's name came from the surname of the three brothers that were originally in the line-up (Garry, Russell and Roger Christian) and was also, coincidentally, their songwriter/guitarist/keyboards player Henry Priestman's middle name.

The Christians Album The Christians Harvest For The World

Their 1987 double-platinum debut album, "The Christians", entered the album chart at No.2 and featured the Top 30 singles "Forgotten Town", "Hooverville, "Ideal World" and "Born Again". A sell-out tour of the major British cities followed, including consecutive nights at the Hammersmith Odeon, with additional appearances in Holland, Germany and France. In 1988 they released a cover of the Isley Brothers' "Harvest for the World", with all proceeds going to British Third-World charities. They also performed with other Liverpool artists Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson and Gerry Marsden on a version of "Ferry Cross The Mersey", released in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough football disaster, which stayed at No.1 for 3 weeks.


Their second album, "Colour", was released in 1990 and went to No.1 in the album chart. The most successful single was the atmospheric "Words" but others released included "I Found Out" and the uplifting "Greenbank Drive". "Happy In Hell" (1992), their third album, reached No. 18 in the album charts and included the singles "What's In A Word" and "The Bottle".

The Christians Colour Album The Christians Happy In Hell Album

The band continued to tour and released a greatest hits album, "The Best Of The Christians", in 1993 which also featured a new track, "Perfect Moment", and a version of Bob Marley's "Small Axe".Lead singer Garry Christian moved to Paris in the mid-90s to produce a solo album ("Your Cool Mystery" (1998)) with the band reforming and touring at the end of the decade.

The Christians Best Of Album Garry Christian Solo Album


The Christians Prodigal Sons Album Garry Christian Solo Album

The early years of the new century saw the band performing largely acoustic sets around the country whilst working on another studio album. "Prodigal Sons" was released in 2003 and showcased on a nationwide tour. Garry found time to release a second solo album "How Does It Feel" in 2004. By now, Garry was the only member of the band from the original line-up but accompanied by a number of guest musicians, The Christians continued to tour and released several "live" albums.

Their fifth studio album, aptly titled "Soul From Liverpool", featured a number of new songs plus noteworthy versions of other artists' songs. Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released", The Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun" and a powerful "Where Do The Children Play" (Cat Stevens) confirmed the band's ability to reinterpret other's work to great effect.  

The Christians Soul From Liverpool Album

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The Christians Speed Of Life Album The Christians We Album

2012 was the 25th anniversary of their first album's success and The Christians released "Speed Of Life" to mark this milestone. DE LUXE versions of both their debut album, The Christians, and Colour were also released including a number of bonus tracks and remixes. The Christians continued to tour extensively receiving rave reviews for their live performances. Chris Evans described The Christians set on air in December 2013 as “the best gig I've ever been to”. Another album, "We", was released in late September 2015. Their loyal fans "crowdfunded" the album in advance and the band themselves covered the production duties. 2017 saw the 30th anniversary of their debut album. Additionally, the album "Sings & Strings" was released which featured the reworking of 8 of their best known songs (plus "Harvest For The World" and "You'll Never Walk Alone") with a gospel choir accompanied only by a string quartet and piano.

The Christians Sings And Strings Album


Garry Christian (Lead Singer)

Garry Christian

Garry is "the face" and "the voice" of The Christians. The only original member of the band, his voice is as deep, velvet smooth and soulful as ever. With his cool, distinctive style (still sporting the Ray-Bans), and natural good-looks, he is unsurprisingly a big hit with the female fans - “You’ve still gorrit Gaz la” is a frequent shout.

Joey Ankrah (Lead Guitarist/Vocals)

Joey Ankrah

Joey adds another dimension to The Christians .... multi talented, multi- instrumentalist, writer, producer and son of Joey Ankrah (founder member of the '60s group 'The Chants' famous for the story that The Beatles were their warm up band ... and managed by Brian Epstein). Difficult to put into words what this dude brings to the band ... he's pure magic

Neil Griffiths (Acoustic Guitar/Vocals)

Neil Griffiths

Neil Griffiths is fast becoming the backbone of the group ... a great acoustic guitarist and vocalist with a proven track record as a writer for EMI and Universal. His humour is the best thing about him ... don't be fooled .. behind the shades is a cruel wit.

Mike Triggs (Keyboards)

Mike Triggs

An amazingly talented and sensitive keyboard player who first played for Garry back in 2004 (coincidentally at the same time as Paul Walsham now drumming for HURTS). Has worked with Ronan Keating, Stealers Wheel, Mott the Hoople and Luther among others. Rejoined The Christians in 2011 (to a rapturous welcome).

Bobby Kewley (Bass Guitar/Vocals)

Bobby Kewley

Bobby ("the funniest man in rock") is a Christians' veteran having toured with the band many times over the years and who says he's happy to be back in the "ample, welcoming bosom of The Christians". He is renowned for his legendary ear and his even more legendary appetite !

Craig Connet (Drums/Percussion)

Craig Connet

Craig is a big personality with a big presence. He previously played with The Christians on tour in 2005 -2006 and since then has worked with Sandi Thom, Joss Stone, Joe Bonamassa, Happy Mondays and many more. At home both in the studio and on stage, his energy and talent make him a valuable member of any band.

Lionel Duke (Drums/Percussion)

Lionel Duke

Drummers are renowned for being strange but not so with Lionel - a dynamic, dependable, very talented drummer and a really welcome part of the team... feed him and keep him happy and he'll be the best drummer in the world, upset him and you might see 'the dark side'.


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