Jagger was born into a middle-class family in Dartford, Kent. His father, Basil Fanshawe "Joe" Jagger (13 April 1913 – 11 November 2006), and grandfather, David Ernest Jagger, were both teachers. His mother, Eva Ensley Mary (née Scutts; 6 April 1913 – 18 May 2000), born in New South Wales, Australia, of English descent, was a hairdresser.
After studying dramatic art, Jagger has worked in many fields, including theatre, cinema, clothes design, and decoration. He first appeared in the musical 'Hair' in Tel Aviv for six months, later with the Black Theatre of Brixton at the ICA in London with Rufus Collins, then joined The Glasgow Citizens' Theatre where he appeared with, amongst others, Kieran Hinds, Pierce Brosnan, and Sian Thomas. He also played repertory theatre in Nottingham, Plymouth, and Hammersmith Lyric London.
In the 1970s, his project for recording an album with the Flying Burrito Brothers was aborted. In the 1980s, he contributed to two of The Rolling Stones' albums, Dirty Work (1986) and Steel Wheels (1989), while he also worked in France with Vanessa Paradis's producer, Franck Langolff.
Jagger has also worked as a journalist (contributing articles for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday, The Independent on Sunday and Rolling Stone), and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2 a program about Alexis Korner, a blues pioneer, and co-produced a film for Sky Arts channel called I Got the Blues in Austin.
Jagger and his business partner Pat Townshend developed the guitar company Staccato in the mid-1980s. Townshend designed the magnesium alloy guitar called, "The Staccato." The guitar featured a neck and bridge system that could be swapped out. The user could interchange a bass neck for a six-string neck. Some models featured no volume or tone pots. The user could activate the volume controls on a touch sensitive LED pad.
A prototype bass was built in Norfolk, England in 1983, and a business partnership was formed to produce Staccato guitars, at the old school house in Woodbastwick, Norfolk. The partners on equal shares were Pat Townshend, Bill Wyman, and Chris and Mick Jagger. The company went under in 1987. Gene Simmons can be seen playing a Staccato bass during Kiss' Crazy Night's tour.
In England, he also organised charity concerts: one for Bosnia (Bop for Bosnia) and the three others for Tibet including one at Alexandra Palace London in the presence of H.H. the Dalai Lama, where the acts included Dave Gilmour and Sinead O'Connor.
After twenty years of silence, Jagger's third album was released in 1994. Since this date, his musical style has changed to incorporate elements of cajun, zydeco, folk, country, blues, and rock.
Jagger is married and has five children.
Jagger's song "Still Waters" appears on the 2013 Carla Olson album "Have Harmony, Will Travel."
Jagger has teamed up with his brother Mick for two new duets to mark the 40th anniversary of his debut album.1973 : You Know the Name But Not the Face
1973 : Chris Jagger
1974 : The Adventures of Valentine Vox the Ventriloquist
1994 : Atcha
1995 : Rock the Zydeco (U.S. edition of Atcha)
1996 : From Lhasa to Lewisham
2001 : Channel Fever
2006 : Act of Faith
2009 : The Ridge
2013 : Concertina Jack
2014 : Chris Jagger's Acoustic Roots
1976 : Eric Clapton : No Reason to Cry (vocals)
1997 : Knights of the Blues Table - one track: Racketeer Blues (with Mick Jagger on harmonica)
2003 : Rick Payne : Sessions - one track: Blue Eyes Crying
2005 : Edith Lefel : Mèci - one track: L'isine Fémin
2007 : Whatever Colors You Have in Your Mind (tribute to Bob Dylan) - one track: To be alone with you
2008 : Flipron : Gravity Calling (vocals)
2009 : Thank You, Georges! (tribute to Georges Brassens) - one track: First Love (La Première Fille)
2010 : Mustique Blues Festival - one track: Evil
1972 : Lucifer Rising
1978 : The Stud
1979 : Home Before Midnight
1979 : The Bitch
1985 : Lifeforce (L'étoile du mal)
2000 : Attraction
2009 : I Got the Blues in Austin - Co-producer (Jagger Peyton Films)
1979 : BBC2 Playhouse - 1 episode : Standing in for Henry
1980 : Shoestring - 1 episode : Find the Lady
Chris Jagger : guitar, harmonica
Charlie Hart : fiddle, accordion
Ben Waters : piano
Chris Jagger : guitar, harmonica, washboard
Charlie Hart : fiddle, accordion, piano, bass, double bass
Malcolm Mortimore : drums
Jim Mortimore : bass, guitar, double bass
The first version of the band also included Paul Emile on bass,Chris Jagger : guitar, harmonica
Elliet Mackrell : fiddle, didgeridoo
David Hatfield : double bass
Jim Mortimore being on guitar.
Apart from the band members, contributions also came from several artists such as
Ed Deane, Dave Stewart, David Gilmour (guitar), Mick Jagger or Sam Brown (vocals).