Between 1975 and 1982, Smokie and Chris Norman released 24 singles and 9 albums. Then, their popularity started to wane. Norman began thinking about a solo career since working with the group wasn’t satisfying anymore. In 1986, he recorded a solo single “Midnight Lady”, which reached high spots on the charts. The same year, he gave last few concerts with Smoke and left the band.
Norman’s popularity in Europe was on the rise. He was invited to many music shows on the radio and TV. In 1986, he received a Golden Europe award from a German TV company SWF. The singer invited other musicians to become part of his band, Chris Norman Band. Between 1987 and 1988, Chris gave numerous solo concerts all over Europe. Many fans wanted to book Chris Norman for private events
In the next several years, Chris recorded many hits and LPs. In 1995, he got a CMT award as the International Video Artist of the Year for his work on "Red Hot Screaming Love", "Jealous heart", and "The Growing Years".
In 2004, Chris caught another wave of popularity after winning a contest on Comeback Show, arranged by the German TV channel, Pro7. Soon after the victory, he recorded the LP, Break Away and the single "Amazing", which became very popular in Germany, reaching high spots on the charts.
In 2005, the artist released a big compilation album, One Acoustic Evening on DVD. It featured instrumental concerts of Chris Norman & Band. The album reached the 5th spot on the German charts.
In 2009, Norman sold numerous copies of the compilation album, The Hits! From His Smokie and Solo Years.
During his solo career, the artist recorded more than 20 albums. He gave numerous concerts, attended festivals, and visited private events.
As of today, the latest album recorded by Chris is Don’t Knock The Rock. It came out in 2017 with the assistance of the artist’s label, Solo Sound Records. The LP featured 14 songs, one of which, “Resurrection”, Norman recorded with a successful guitar player, Geoff Carline.