Chris Birkett pens a personal love letter with his new single and video Precious Love — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
And not surprisingly, the latest single from Toronto’s Juno-winning, platinum-selling producer, composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was written for his own love: His wife, documentary filmmaker Joan Prowse.
“I was performing in concert at Massey Hall with Buffy Sainte-Marie when I met this attractive woman with a radiant smile,” Birkett recalls. “It was Joan, and she had made a documentary film about Buffy.” A few years later, the pair agreed to meet in Paris, where Birkett was living and working. “I was smitten by the love bug on this second meeting,” he shares. Decidedly so: He proposed to Prowse the very next day. “We were married at Metropolitan United Church, near where we first met.
“I wrote Precious Love to celebrate our relationship, 10 years after meeting up in Paris. It underscores how positive feelings can grow, and how love can transform people; people are precious, and relationships are the foundation of humanity.”
Birket has worked with Buffy Sainte-Marie, Mel Brooks, Steve Earle, Bob Geldof, Alison Moyet, Dexys Midnight Runners, Talking Heads, The Pogues and The Proclaimers — and recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of producing Sinead O’Connor’s seismic chart-topping release I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. His song Where Do We Go From Here was featured alongside Dire Straits, Bob Marley, U2, Peter Gabriel and Queen, among others, on 1993’s One Voice, One Love compilation album in support of CARE International. Coming up next: A pair of upcoming forthcoming albums: Songs from the Kauai Hotel Room and a collection of fun-loving numbers with his new collective The Happy Campers.