Christa Couture

Christa Couture

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

From the start, Vancouver’s Christa Couture established herself as a singer-songwriter with sharp-shooting wit, effortless grace and heart-on-sleeve intensity. A powerful and flexible vocalist, Couture weaves musically between her guitar and piano, from plucky bluegrass to a touch of cabaret.

Biography

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After a spring highlighted by debut tours of Germany, the UK and the Netherlands and top ratings from the British music press, Christa Couture is back on home turf this fall, following up last autumns extremely successful launch tour for The Living Record.
The Steve Dawson-produced album had already made best-of-2012 lists at CBC Music, The Georgia Straight, and Torontos Radio Regent. This year, it scored a four-star review from the UKs Maverick Magazine, which praised Christas impressive songwriting, her ability to mould her voice to suit a range of musical styles, and her skill at carrying listeners through a vast array of emotions. Lonesome Highway said the CD ranks as my favourite listen of the year so far.
The Living Record is a one-of-a-kind album overflowing with a colossal range of tempos and textures, giving voice to the immense spectrum of emotions one experiences while soldiering on through grief.
Christa is an adolescent cancer survivor who wrote the album in the aftermath of unimaginable tragedy in a span of four years her two young sons died under separate circumstances. She sings about fleeting moments of happiness, joyful recollections of past travels and romances, how to pick up the pieces after everything has fallen apart and of course, the what ifs the memories she will never share with her sons, and the lasting impression left by those who are gone.
Her voice sweet and slightly quirky, like those of Jane Siberry and Regina Spektor weaves itself through sonic landscapes that vary from delicate acoustic folk to cabaret to edgy indie folk-pop.

About Christa
Christa grew up in Edmonton with a mother who sang in a folk trio and a father who performed First Nations ceremonial music. She sang in choirs and performed in musical theatre, and then moved to Vancouver to study at Vancouver Film School. She worked in film and television for about a decade before returning to music and releasing Fell out of Oz in 2005. The album earned four stars from both TV Week and The Edmonton Sun, who wrote, her and her guitar makes an almost unholy sound.
Ozs follow-up, The Wedding Singer and the Undertaker, won a 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Folk Acoustic Album, and Couture was nominated for Best Female Artist. The album was Top 10 at CBC Radio 3 and went to #1 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown. PopMatters praised her Georgeously intimate voice somewhere between the tough vulnerability of Amy Rigby and the passionate, sophisticated folk of Joni Mitchell.
Of the albums devastating inspiration, PopMatters wrote, Its truly remarkable that listening to The Wedding Singer and the Undertaker does not feel like the aural equivalent of ambulance chasing. This is down to Coutures writerly, at times even playful, skill with words, as well as uplifting production.

Discography

LP: The Living Record (Sep/2012)

EP: Lost (Jun/2011)

EP: Loved (Jun/2011)

LP: The Wedding Singer & The Undertaker (May/2008)

LP: Fell Out of Oz (Dec/2005)

EP: Starter (Sep/2002)