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"Comfort Chair - Album Review"

Australia's Chrissie Pearce has been writing, singing and playing in her homeland since her debut EP 'Do You Remember' was released in 1999. It's quite difficult to categorise Chrissie's music, which is at the rocky end of acoustic, with some heavy country influences (the opening bars of the title track are pure country) and a fair bit of soaring electric guitar courtesy of Chuckie Connors (showcased on "Disconnected"). Ms Pearce's lyrics are heartfelt and always uplifting, delivered with a powerful voice which can be at times gentle and sensitive (the opening of "Can You Hear The Rain") and at other times soaring and edgy. The band is excellent and the production by Trevor Beck and Peter Wallis manages to meld their talents together with the vocal performance in a way that is always interesting and often inspiring. Even on the slightly less upbeat tracks there is an underlying feeling of joy and Ms Pearce's faith is well to the fore. This is a very listenable album. - Cross Rhythms (UK)


"Do You Remember - Album Review"

"Chrissie’s music is acoustic yet powerful, joyful yet deep, mellow yet uplifting".

- Mike Rimmer - Cross Rhythms (UK)


"Chrissie Pearce - Disconnections"

"This track is unique and I think that is it's main selling point. The rhythm, phrasing, and dynamics really take the song to the next level off the 'ordinary' shelf. Definitely worth keeping an eye on this artist." - Nehemiah

- www.triplejunearthed.com


Discography

"Do You Remember" - EP (1999) - Produced by Paul Colman
"Comfort Chair" - Album (2010) - Produced by Peter Wallis and Trevor Beck

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Chrissie Pearce is an Australian singer and songwriter with a quietly confident attitude and heartfelt lyrics, and is a committed follower of Christ. Her commitment to equipping and ministering to her local community, and the Church at large, is driven by her love and desire to make Jesus known to all. Her own music – a blend of folk, pop, and roots – prompted British music journalist, Mike Rimmer, to note as “acoustic yet powerful, joyful yet deep, mellow yet uplifting.”

A God-ordained encounter with Paul Colman of the Paul Colman Trio and newsboys fame led him to become a mentor to the budding young artist. He produced her debut EP “Do You Remember”, a collection of acoustic pop and folk, in 1999. He enlisted the talents of fellow PC3 members Grant Norsworthy and Phil Gaudion, with Stephen Paix on keys.

In 2003, Chrissie moved from her hometown of Melbourne to Sydney to study at Hillsong International Leadership College where she graduated with a Diploma in Ministry in 2005. At Hillsong she became active in the life of the church and college, teaching songwriting and eventually began leading worship and became the Worship Pastor at the Hillsong Minchinbury Extension Service. Overseeing the day to day running of the worship and creative arts team of volunteers and college students, imparting vision to her team of leaders was also a huge part of the role.

Her conviction and love for her church community are what marks Chrissie Pearce; she wants to make music her servant, and not the other way around. “Music on its own isn’t fulfilling,” she says, being both passionate about music and her involvement in a thriving local church. This love for the local church drives her dedication to train and equip worship leaders and band members at other local churches, encouraging people to use their skills and to serve with excellence.

For Chrissie, having a heart for the local church means having a heart for the broader church community. From Pentecostal to conservative denominations, she has an understanding and respect for all spectrums of The Church at large, enabling her to minister in many different contexts. Chrissie uses her gifts in whatever capacity – from leading worship corporately to performing in more intimate settings, she brings a whatever-it-takes attitude to ministry. As well as leading people into God’s presence, she is adamant about building a bridge between non-church goers and the church, adapting to the type of audience she’s in front of. Her own songs are written in a way that’s relevant to all people, believing it’s important to reach and understand the people outside of the church’s four walls.

With her own music, Chrissie has continued to build a solid career performing at pubs, coffee houses, hotels, concerts and festivals in Australia and the UK. These included Christian music festivals such as Greenbelt (UK), Forest Edge, Cooma 2000, Soul Survivor (Aus and the UK), and Blackstump, and premier Christian conferences such as Hillsong Conference and Colour Your World Womens’ Conference. She opened for notable Christian acts such as the Paul Colman Trio, the Parachute Band (NZ), and Ceili Rain. In 2008, Chrissie submitted her songs to Triple J Unearthed and landed herself three songs in the Top 20 of the Roots Chart.

In 2010, Chrissie released her debut album, “Comfort Chair”, produced by Peter Wallis and Trevor Beck, with the single, “Lifted”, being played across 23 Christian radio stations on high rotation.

After being married in late 2010, Chrissie is now embarking on a new journey in many ways. She and her husband, Geoff Snowden, have recently founded a new ministry, called Narrow Path Worship Community, which exists to strengthen the Church's understanding and practical application of 'worship', and to bridge the gap between the Church and the broader community, through seminars, workshops and house concerts.