“The Pretenders” only female member and lead vocalist, Chrissie Hynde emerged as one of the most commercially successful band’s vocalist in the 70s. Making a rock history, she stands herself as a very successful musician, singer and songwriter, topping charts throughout the globe. In the history of “The Pretenders”, Chrissie is the one and only constant member.
The future superstar came into the earth as Christine Ellen Hynde on 7th of September 1951. Beginning the journey of life in Akron, Ohio, United States, Chrissie complete her high schooling through the Firestone High School. Daughter of a yellow pages manager and a part-time secretary, Chrissie is of white ethnicity. Though she attended the Art School of Kent State University for 3 years, she dropped university before graduation in order to make her career in music.
Sixty-three years old singing sensation Chrissie is reported to be single currently. However she was a married woman once. From her relationship with Ray Davis, she has a daughter named Natalie Ray Hynde. She gave birth to her second daughter, Yasmin Paris Kerr with her husband Jim Kerr. Jim is a lead vocalist of Simple Minds. The duo resided in South Queensferry. They divorced in 1990. Following her divorce with her first husband, she began getting cozy with John McEnroe. However the relationship could not sustain for long. In 1997, she tied knot for the second time, this time with artist Lucho Brieva. The couple separated in 2002 and their divorce was finalized in a year later. The couple has a son together. Chrissie follows Vaishnavism. In March 2013, The Guardian listed her among the fifty best-dressed over fifty. Unlike some of her peers, Chrissie has not yet resorted to plastic or cosmetic surgery to enhance her appearances and is aging gracefully. She is a devoted animal activist. The charities, she has supported are British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, Farm Sanctuary, Cats Protection, Cruelty Free International, Humane Society International, Dr. Hadwen Trust and PETA.
She began her musical journey with a band named Sat. Sun. Mat.. In 1973, she flew to UK, where Chrissie learned about the budding new rock genre named “Punk”. In the late 70s, The Pretenders, her band got together & released an album in 1980. The band’s first hit, “Brass in Pocket” was written by James Honeyman-Scott and herself. The self-titled album included songs, such as “Precious”, ‘The Phone Call”, “Up the Neck”, “Tattooed Love Boys”, “Space Invader”, “The Wait”, “Stop Your Sobbing”, “Kid”, “Private Life”, “Lovers of Today” and “Mystery Achievement”. The following year, the band dropped its first EP that contained tracks, like “Message of Love”, “Cuban Slide” and “Talk of the Town”. That same year, their second album “Pretenders II” hit the market. The album was certified gold after 20 years of its release. The band’s third album “Learning to Crawl” hit the market in 1984. “Middle of the Road”, “Black on the Chain Gang”, “My City Was Gone”, “Thin Line Between Love and Hate”, “I Hurt You” and “2000 Miles” are some of the tracks included in their third album. The band continued its success saga in the following years with hit album such as “Get Close”, “Packed!”, “Last of the Independents”, ‘The Isle of View”, ‘Viva el Amor” and “Loose Screw”. The most recent album of the band is “Break Up the Concrete” which was released in 2008.
In addition to her band, Chrissie has worked with a number of other artists, including Curved Air’s Sonja Kristina, INXS, Frank Sinatra, Neneh Cherry, Cher, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris and Moreno Veloso to name a few. In addition to singer, she is also an entrepreneur. She opened a vegan restaurant named ‘The VegiTerranean’ in November 2007 in Akron, Ohio. The net worth of Chrissie Hynde is reported to be around twelve million dollars.
An active and outspoken Chrissie is a best friend of animal right and environmental activist Linda McCartney. She shares strong bond with fellow singer Annie Lennox. The more information regarding her personal and professional life can be fetched via her personal websites. For more information, readers may visit wiki.