Ray Davies and Chrissie Crook met and joined forces in 1995 and have enjoyed a roller coaster ride of work in the Middle East, Far East, Europe, Cape Town and the UK.
The name “Obsession” derived from their mutual obsession with music, which has dominated their lives since childhood.
CHRISSIE – began her musical career as a child learning both guitar and oboe where she was a member of youth wind bands. Her interest took a diverse turn in the eighties where the advent of punk music influenced her musical direction, and at this stage she took up the saxophone.
Toyah Willcox was her icon and her bright pink hair mirrored the personality and image of this notorious actress, singer and presenter.
She has worked in both bands committed to their own repertoire including a 7 piece reggae band, and bands/duos working in UK clubs /pubs and private functions and supporting sixties stars including Billy J Kramer.
Her overseas work with “Obsession” has also given her the opportunity to record voice-over work for the well renowned Dubai Shopping Festival.
RAY – An accomplished bass guitarist/vocalist, has worked with top bands such as Culture Club, Paul Young, Jet Harris and Mungo Jerry who enjoyed many worldwide hits including “In the Summertime”.
He has spent several years working overseas and cruising on the QE2, Caribbean Cruise Line, and P & O, with the Joe Loss Band and the Angie Page Trio. In the seventies, Ray joined 5 piece vocal band “MAGIC” who went on to become one of the top QUEEN tribute bands in the UK, and are still performing to packed theatres worldwide today!
He enjoyed personal record success in 1983 when his band UK Players reached the top 40 with their hit “Love’s gonna get you”, produced by Cultures Clubs Steve Levine and his voice can be heard on radio stations and recording studios alike where he undertook voice-over work for many clients.
He was also involved with some of the music for the classic eighties children’s TV programme “Wizbit” with Paul Daniels, and his cameo television roles included “Howard’s’ Way”, “Campion” and “Dr Who and the Daleks”! Not forgetting his film appearance with David Essex in “That’ll be the day”!
“Obsession” aim to provide entertainment for all musical tastes and with a repertoire exceeding 1000 songs they can easily read a crowd and adapt their musical choice accordingly.
This fact is highlighted in many references / letters they have received. Using radio microphones both vocally and on the saxophones, their show is interactive and Obsession are renowned for building a lively rapport with the audience.
2016 brings some new options for Obsession Duo. We can now offer you the duo for music and dancing or a one hour “Tribute To Sax” cabaret show featuring some of the classic songs such as “Baker Street, “I Feel Good” etc.
For Sundown or lunchtime why not try the “Instrumental”Sax ‘n’ Bass” Chillout show which sits perfectly as a laid back pure instrumental set.
We are now specialising in our “Chillout/Jazzy/lounge” repertoire where we have taken classic and modern songs and revamped them with a chillout twist. This is proving very popular in restaurants, hotel terraces etc whilst dining.
We have also organised and performed in numerous cabaret shows booking the acts with whom they have previously worked, such as oriental illusionists world renowned hypnotist, comedians and even a ventriloquist! Whether it be a cocktail party, a lively function or an evening of “just listening”, Obsession can fit the bill !