Crispian Mills

Crispian Mills (born 18 January 1973 as Crispian John David Boulting) is an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is the son of actress Hayley Mills and director Roy Boulting, the grandson of John Mills and Mary Hayley Bell (Lady Mills), nephew of Juliet Mills and Jonathan Mills, and half-brother to Jason Lawson. He has been married to the model Joanne Mills (née Branfoot) since 1995. They currently reside in Bath with their son, Keshava. ...show more

Crispian Mills (born 18 January 1973 as Crispian John David Boulting) is an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is the son of actress Hayley Mills and director Roy Boulting, the grandson of John Mills and Mary Hayley Bell (Lady Mills), nephew of Juliet Mills and Jonathan Mills, and half-brother to Jason Lawson. He has been married to the model Joanne Mills (née Branfoot) since 1995. They currently reside in Bath with their son, Keshava.

Active since 1988, Mills is best known as the frontman of the psychedelic indie rock band Kula Shaker. Following the band's breakup in 1999, he remained with Columbia Records (a subsidiary of Sony BMG), and toured with a set of session musicians (including a support slot for Robbie Williams) under the name Pi, although no official studio recordings were released in full. After the label rejected the Pi album, Mills disappeared for a short time, returning in 2002 as frontman and lead guitarist of back-to-basics rock outfit The Jeevas, who disbanded in 2005 to make way for a reformed Kula Shaker, who released their third album Strangefolk in 2007.

Mills' vocal style reflects his influences, demonstrating the soft, melodic qualities of 1960s pop, a more scratchy, textured folk leaning in the style of Bob Dylan, held together by a heavier, late-1970s rock-esque howling delivery. His lyrics are similarly varied, and demonstrate themes such as love, wisdom, and mysticism alongside political commentary, social observations and popular culture. As a guitarist, Mills is self-taught, and has observed that his "style is all about his right hand," as seen through his penchant for the slide guitar technique. He is also a frequent user of the wah-wah pedal and is also known to play the harmonica and the sarod.

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