Dear Music Family,

I saw this quote the other day…”The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.  Perpetual anticipation is good for the soul, but it’s bad for the heart.  Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life.  Work’s important, family’s important, but without excitement, you have nothing.”

In this case, anticipation is a good thing!  So many blessings keep showing up as I prepare for the release show next weekend.  One of my many lessons this week, while juggling so many balls, is just doing it!  Do what I need to do and check it off my list with gratitude and detachment…detachment to the outcome, detachment to being perfect.  This allows for opportunities and joy to come through in all of my “doing”, including putting more labels on CDs that went out this week for the Indiegogo perks.  Did you pre-order the album? Get yours here!

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I am thrilled to be releasing my album “BEEN A LONG TIME” at one of my favorite venues, Genghis Cohen! And I’ll be playing with some of my favorite musicians…

  • Mick Taras and Danny Donnelly – guitars, mandolin, dobro
  • Ronnie Shelton – piano
  • Edwin Livingston – bass
  • Mark Stepro – drums/percussion
  • Jayme Palmer and Ross Chitwood – vocals

This band is gonna give LA something to talk about!  Show begins at 9:30pm.

Pre-sale tickets are available here.

Tickets will also be available at the door for $15 (cash only).   

This is an All Ages show, so please join us and bring friends and family.  I look forward to seeing you there!

With Love,
Christine

My Dear Music Family,

2018 has just begun and yet, it feels like so much has happened.  So much can change in the blink of an eye.  Last week, I tried putting myself in the shoes of those living in Hawaii—waking up to a statewide alert that a missile was heading their way.  Thank goodness the alert was sent by mistake.

Nonetheless, it got me thinking…what a brief time we all have here on this earth and how precious it is.

Last year when I began this album journey, I was reconnecting with my roots, thinking about my Grandpa Ray and who I really am.  I was feeling some doubts based on all I had been through.

Making this album brought me back to what is really important and I went back and remembered.  When we are scared, our breath is shallow and that’s what it was like for me.  Grounding, breathing and really feeling my way back with all of the songs, it was restorative and healing.  Just remembering that love and connection.  The entire album grew out of that starting point and became so much more.

“BEEN A LONG TIME” is so personal, a reflection of my experiences, and yet it is so universal.  Just as the Hawaii missile mistake reminded us to hug and tell those we love how much we care, this album is needed now more than ever. Society needs it.  Reminding us to remain positive during darkest times.

In this past year, I’ve gotten to know myself better than I ever have.

The songs are not only from my heart, but it’s really about owning it.  This is my purpose. I want to inspire you through the music to live from your heart too.

My local peeps; will you join your hearts with mine in just a little over a week? I will be packing the house at Genghis Cohen with my album launch!

Friday Jan 26th is the album release!

It’s the official album release show at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles!  Music starts at 9:30pm. Intimate, live, acoustic, all ages!

Get your tickets now!

I’m really getting excited!  You won’t want to miss the band!  The band is beyond amazing!  And…I can’t wait for you to see my dress!  For all you fashionistas out there, I’m having something very special made!

Plus more exciting news: I will be giving away a few tickets and VIP packages, so stay tuned on Facebook between now and the 26th to find out how to get yours!

Until then and with much love,
Christine

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Hello My Music Family,

Greetings from rainy Los Angeles! I am loving the crisp and the cold. It’s a perfect day to sit by a fire and wrap myself up with a blanket. Cozy is my word for today–the same way I would describe the setting at Genghis Cohen for my album launch party. We are going to pack the room and it’s going to be sold out so don’t forget to get your tickets here!

Friday Jan 26th SAVE THE DATE:

It’s the official album release show at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles!  Music starts at 9:30pm. Intimate, live, acoustic, all ages!

The 26th will be here before we know it and I want you to be there!

Get your tickets now!

We are starting to get traction for the album. Honey For My Soul is beginning to get airplay. Thanks WHUS 91.7 FM in Connecticut and DJ Johnny Timewarp for giving us a thumbs up.  Across the pond in the UK, I had a chance to speak with Maverick Magazine. Yours truly will be featured in print alongside country music stars Shania Twain and Faith Hill, Whoopee!

We have been busy behind the scenes as well, working on our new website (due to launch the same week as the album) here is a sneak peek of what’s to come!

Until next time—
Stay tuned for more exciting news coming down the pike!

Christine

Hello My Music Family,

A very happy 2018 to you! I hope your holiday was filled with fun and relaxing times with loved ones. I’ve just returned from a lovely trip to Elk Grove in northern California, where I got to recharge my batteries with my family.

I feel so blessed to have another year with my dad, who is in his 80’s and in great health; I jokingly say he is more active than me, but it’s really no joke; cleaning the corral is one of his daily activities!

No matter that I have been on my own for decades, the feeling of being loved and cared for envelops me like a huge hug, the moment I walk through the door. From special Swedish delicacies and Gluten Free goodies Laura surprised Dad and me with, to simply being able to stay in my pajamas until noon, I savored every moment.

This is how I feel about this album!  Savoring every moment it’s taken and I can’t believe it’s here! The “BEEN A LONG TIME” album launch is less than a month away!

Friday Jan 26th SAVE THE DATE:

It’s the official album release show at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles!  Music starts at 9:30pm. Intimate, live, acoustic, all ages!

This is a rare, ALL AGES show and I can’t wait to share all of the empowering songs on the album with you!  And the band…

I’m not exaggerating, even one little bit when I tell you…

The band is SMOKIN’ HOT! 

It’s been an incredible journey, coming together as a community, rising together to create this album. In 3 short weeks, we are going to usher this baby into the world!

Credit: Albane Navizet

If you are in Los Angeles, get your ticket now! If you’re not, there is still time to plan a trip!  Escape the cold and come to sunny Los Angeles!

Get your tickets now!

I’m so excited to see you!

Lots of Love,
Christine

Hit the PLAY button to watch the NEW ALBUM TRAILER for my upcoming album, “BEEN A LONG TIME” featuring my single, “Honey For My Soul”.  I am so excited to share it with you!  And…please show me some love by hitting the thumbs up button! 🙂

Get the single Honey For My Soul” on iTunes NOW!

And you can pre-order the full album BEEN A LONG TIMEand it will pop into your iTunes on January 26th!

Or get the real deal, signed with love!

If you are old school and prefer a physical CD, I’ll send you a super deluxe copy, with amazing artwork and a gorgeous lyric insert, signed with love, directly from me!

Get your super deluxe-signed with love HERE.

And speaking of the real deal, come hear the album played LIVE at the Official Album Release Show!

Friday Jan 26th SAVE THE DATE:
It’s the official album release show at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles!  Music starts at 9:30pm. Intimate, live, acoustic, all ages!

This will be a magical night and I want to share it with YOU! Plus it’s a perfect time to come to sunny Los Angeles and get out of the cold!  Get your tickets HERE!

Wow, where is the time going? 11 days until Christmas!

Stay tuned for more exciting news! (Hint, hint…radio, interviews and reviews!)

Been a Long Time Album Cover

Until then,
Stay Merry & Bright,

xoxo
Christine

Dear Music Family,

I am thrilled today to share the link for my single. “Honey For My Soul” from my upcoming full album BEEN A LONG TIME”.  The full album will be released on January 26 and is available for pre-order now on iTunes.  When you pre-order the album you will instantly receive the single, “Honey For My Soul”.

“Honey For My Soul” is a song about my sweet momma.  It shares the many magical memories that set me off on my journey.

“My mom’s spirit came through in the writing of this song. It’s truly a gift to me. It captures her elegance and beauty and is a celebration of all she taught me about music and the sweetness of life.” – CR

“Honey For My Soul is an infectious and gospel inspired song.  My mom would have loved it, she’d always tell me to sing upbeat songs!

My friend must be feeling it too!  She texted me yesterday, announcing,“I have an ear worm!”  

After a few funny, back and forth texts about what on earth an earworm was, she texted…

“I think I’m anticipating a certain album launch tomorrow because I keep hearing  “Honey For My Soul”!!!  Gonna have to learn the words because I keep singing it over and over in my head!  Love that song!” –J

I’ve always felt I was literally born to make music.  And if you think that’s just another cliché, consider this, my mother was a piano teacher, singer, and a college voice major even while she was pregnant with me!

I’m so grateful for my mom’s love, music and inspiration.  I am also grateful for YOU!  Thank you for being a part of my music family and being on this journey with me.

You inspire me to fulfill my soul’s purpose and I couldn’t do this without you!

I can’t wait to share with you more about the album and all the songs!

Stay tuned next week for more exciting things coming down the pike, (hint, hint…album trailer!).

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Until then,
Stay Merry & Bright,

xoxo
Christine

My Dear Music Family,

Happy Thursday! I hope your week has been good so far. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just one week away! I have SO much to be thankful for. I am still coming down from the show at Hotel Café this past Sunday night. It was SO amazing!

I prepared and planned and rehearsed for the show and then when I got up on stage, all of a sudden, I didn’t know what I was going to say! I prayed right before the show began. I said “God, please give me the words” and all of a sudden, there it was and everything flowed. I felt SO supported, not knowing what was coming next and you know what? Spirit was right there with me. I have never felt so at ease before or during a show! Even when I played the piano— playing live while performing has made me a bit nervous in the past, but Sunday night, I was totally comfortable. I stayed in the zone and my mind didn’t go to all of the things it usually would have. Being a solopreneur, I sometimes wear many hats. But Sunday night, I didn’t have to! I felt uplifted and I STILL DO!

And I wasn’t the only one! A dear friend who was there that night must have felt it too, as she emailed me this morning:

“Wonderful Wonderful! Christine: Have you recovered? It was a fantastic night. Your singing was gorgeous, songs so meaningful. I loved the way it opened with the two songs connected to each other. And just loved the way all the songs fit together. LOVED Soul and Bone. So powerful. My friends just thought your voice was gorgeous and loved the evening as we all did. I loved the band and the rapport and love you have for each other. Loved the stories about the musicians. Loved the way you said “ok, take two, I guess we just weren’t ready.” You were so confident and easy. You must be so tired. I hope you are as happy about it as we all were. CONGRATULATIONS. It was wonderful. Oh, and of course, on a trivial note…I LOVED loved your dress. Who made it? But, mostly the songs, your singing, the music, was just fantastic and it all worked together.
Love, J.”

How beautiful and in alignment this all feels! The message I keep getting is to stay open, keep going and enjoy the moment. With that, I have exciting news! My album is now available for Pre-order! It’s a perfect gift for a soulful friend or family member on your holiday list. –As a dear friend said below, it’s sooooo good. 🙂

“You were PHENOMENAL tonight. I’m a little bit obsessed with these songs. Hard Habit…Someone is definitely going to put this song in a movie. It’s sooooo good.” — Ross

Someone pinch me 🙂 please! I am sending my love this pre-Thanksgiving weekend wherever you may be, along with my gratitude for your support. I couldn’t have done this without you!

Been a Long Time Album Cover

Carry your hearts with me,
Christine

Only 3 days until the Hotel Café Show, Sunday 11/12 at 7pm!

Get your tickets HERE, just a few left! I will be launching the new album campaign plus I have exciting news! I will have a few advanced copies of the CD with me, just for you! And you can get your perks from the Indiegogo campaign along with a big hug from me!

I can’t believe the show is only a few days away! Last Thursday, we came together to rehearse. It’s been a while since we all gathered together in the studio. Sometimes I forget how the songs have a life of their own, they (the songs) know what they want to be. It feels like a huge download from Spirit, the words come pouring through – my heart vs. my brain. The songs are deeply personal and document the journey I’ve gone through in my life. I realize the songs are healing not only for me, but for others as well…the healing power of love.

When I went to hear the author and speaker, Brene Brown recently, I was reminded about the difference in striving for excellence vs. perfectionism. Doing my best but not focusing on the external things, keeping myself accountable to my soul’s purpose and remembering all the things that are working. I am writing today to share this with you and remind all of us how much life is one big experience, waiting to be lived and loved. Being present to what is, that is more important to me than ever!

So this coming Sunday, I will be baring my soul and singing about the healing power of love at Hotel Café. I hope you will join me… if not physically, you will be there in spirit. With Grandpa Ray, my beloved grandfather, who taught me to heed the bonds between life, love and family – my voice teacher, Mrs. Perla Warren, who showed me how to take a song and make it on my own and my beautiful Momma, who continues to teach me about unconditional love.

Sunday 11/12 SAVE THE DATE:
I will be launching my new album campaign at Hotel Café
Music starts 7pm. Get your tickets HERE as it will sell out!

My music family,

I can’t believe it’s November already! Time continues to fly by. It seems there are more places to be, things to do, commitments—that when the end of the day suddenly appears I sometimes feel like a human doing rather than a human being. Its days like these that music reminds me to SLOW DOWN & SAVOR the things most important to me.

When I slow down, the “doing” fades to black and I find myself at the piano, with Herbie my sidekick by my side, a calming cup of tea and the music. This is how I re-fill my cup and get back to center, with music, with dear friends in my life, with God. Reminding me that control is just an illusion. All the business I’ve had going on with the PR campaign, the upcoming show, and the album release.

What’s important isn’t the logistics of everything getting done.

What’s important is how my heart feels while getting everything ready.

What’s important isn’t getting it all perfect.

What’s important is how I am with myself during the process: am I loving? Encouraging? Compassionate? Gentle? Playful? Joyful?

What ways are you with yourself when you find your days full?

This morning we will be in the studio rehearsing for the show next week.

It will be less about hitting each note perfectly and more about being together with my band mates and putting our souls into the music, the creative collaboration with my music family.

My music grounds me and keeps my feet firmly planted along with family, relationships, friendships and my connection with Spirit.

It’s less about stuff and more about the journey.

Speaking of trips, have you gotten your ticket yet?

In less than 2 weeks, we will be rocking out to a full house at Hotel Cafe. I look back at my last album release show, years ago and how different life is now. I will keep this post short and sweet because more will be revealed during today’s FB live!

Come join us on FB today at 12pm Los Angeles time.

I will be singing the gifts from spirit, so grateful to be a conduit of his love and I look forward to melding that with heaps of my overflowing gratitude for you all-my music family. I hope your day is filled with joy and time for play.

Until then,
Christine

Sunday 11/12 SAVE THE DATE:
I will be launching my new album campaign at Hotel Café
#hotelcafe Music starts 7pm. Get your tickets HERE as it will sell out!

Hello friends,

I am back from Americana Fest and it was amazing! Every year my goal is to be in flow and let things unfold. Nashville was no exception. I stayed open to spirit, and the magic continued!

I put my best cowboy boot forward and Jill- my new publicist and I painted the town red. We’ve already started putting strategy in place for my album release. There’s a lot of prep for sure and a little scary!

But I remember that there is something bigger, more important than my fear.  And I can overcome it, with Spirit’s help, with all your love and encouragement and keep myself accountable to my soul’s purpose.

Speaking of magic, one of the most magical and transformational experiences of Americana Fest was hearing singer Bettye LaVette.  Without making any plans one night, my heart led me to the club 12th and Porter.  When I arrived, I ran into Bob Boilen who gracefully took me right up to the front and next thing I knew, we were stage-side. You know when you are experiencing something sacred and special? Well, this was a once in a lifetime moment of moments! Hearing Bettye sing “Worthy” not only reminded me of the lessons with my beloved voice teacher, Mrs. Warren (who taught me not only about music, but also about life itself), it was another confirmation that I am on my path! Mary Gauthier who wrote “Worthy” then appeared next to the stage to film the song.

Mary is one of my songwriting mentors and has inspired me to be my authentic self and to step out and say, “this is my soul’s purpose!”   Her encouragement is THE REASON that I was able to do the Indiegogo campaign and do the big ask and put myself out there.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked up and there she stood holding up her iPhone!

The combo of Bettye and Mary doing “Worthy” was so powerful. Bettye was the vision of strength and passion, singing from her soul. There was no way I could have known I would be in the most perfect place to hear Bettye that night, let alone run into Mary.

When I have so many moments of doubt and fear about taking the next steps, times like this show me what is possible. It was beyond kismet and I was meant to be there! We are ALL WORTHY, like the song title says, just as we are.

The biggest takeaway from my time in Nashville is to continue to trust, be in flow and connect with kindred spirits (like YOU!).

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing some of my new songs and talking about how they were written, what they mean to me, the stories behind the songs.   I can’t wait to sing my heart out at the Hotel Cafe, like Bettye! Stay tuned for news about my upcoming album release and more live shows.

Meanwhile, watch Mary’s Video here…

 

We are going to pack the House!  Get your tickets to the Hotel Café now!