Caution Collective was founded by musical director Christella Litras in 2007 when she returned to Leeds after completing a tour of the caribbean with the musical Carnival Messiah (2007). The idea was to bring together developing singer songwriters in Yorkshire to develop their talents and support each others original music.
What began as a very small performance group has grown into an elite portfolio of up and coming songwriters and musicians. Caution Collective events have taken place multiple times a year across many venues in Yorkshire since 2007, but has been hosted most at Seven Arts in Leeds. These events have become a beloved fixture in the Seven calendar and has grown since the first Caution show in 2008 to present; selling out every show since 2015.
The evenings themselves play host to both established and emerging singer/songwriters across multiple genres; Folk, Soul, R&B, Rap and even Classical music. The eclectic mix and the credits of artists (including BBC Introducing and even national television shows like Later... and BBC The Voice) has led to the event itself being heralded as Leeds answer to the Jools Holland Show.
Based on the success of the events and the demand from audiences for recordings of these original tracks, Christella and fellow Caution member and music producer Jonnie Khan built Caution Studios in 2015. The concept of the studio was to allow Caution members to record their original tracks to present at Caution events and their own individual performances beyond those shows.
The first recording from this studio is Rob Green's self titled Rob Green EP (2016); distributed by OutlawLabel which debuted #3 in iTunes R&B Chart and #34 in the iTunes Album Chart.
This year Caution Collective has confirmed it's first multiple date booking at SevenArts in September of this year, along with Caution Studios plan to record other Caution members for release. With talks of a UK tour and acclaim from UK artists like Corinne Bailey-Rae; Caution Collective is rising from strength to strength.