Christine McVie

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Christine McVie (born Christine Anne Perfect, 12 July 1943, near Greenodd, Cumbria)[1] is an English rock singer, keyboardist, and songwriter. Her primary fame came as a member of the British/American rock band Fleetwood Mac, though she has also released three solo albums. McVie has a contralto vocal range.[2] In 2006, Paste magazine named McVie the 83rd greatest living songwriter.[3]

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Early life

Christine was born in the small village of Bouth in the Lake District and grew up in the Bearwood area of Smethwick near Birmingham, where her father, Cyril Perfect, was a concert violinist and music lecturer at St Peter's College of Education, Saltley, Birmingham. Christine's mother Beatrice (called Tee) was a medium, psychic, and faith healer. Her grandfather had been the organist at Westminster Abbey.[citation needed] Although Christine was introduced to the piano at the age of four, it was not until age eleven that she studied music seriously, when she was re-introduced to the instrument by Philip Fisher, a local musician and school friend of her older brother John.[citation needed] Continuing her classical training until the age of fifteen, her musical focus made a radical shift to rock & roll when John brought home a Fats Domino songbook.[citation needed] Other early influences included The Everly Brothers.

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