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christa mae

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Maternity (releasing summer 2013)
The Truth Is.. 2011 (streaming on radio airplay)
Horizon Line 2004
La Luna 2001

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I started singing with my brother Dave, when he came back from college with an old acoustic guitar. I remember as early as kindergarten, developing harmonies and authentic music was always the goal, and when I picked up the guitar myself, it became my goal as well. My early influences were the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Dinosaur Jr, Fishbone.. I enjoyed their funk and melody, all the great grungy music out there. I would have to say that both Pearl Jam and Tori Amos were the ones that broke my heart with their raw beauty and intense passion. I know now, that music would stir the same in me.

Eventually I found myself knee deep in reggae love, the Songs of Freedom Bob Marley box set opened my world to early Jamacian ska and rock steady. I believe I share the same simple rhythm and melodies that uplift and hopefully spread joy, faith and love, just like those original rockers.

My pursuit of music took me across the seas, to Australia and England where I made a few recordings with the musicians I met on the streets and in bars. I survived for a while busking street corners and playing local gigs but eventually made my way back home.

Becoming a mother changed a lot for me, and I was able to settle down enough to play with some local heads out of Long Beach and put together a project called Christa Mae and the Brigade. We played around a lot locally in the Long Beach areas and made an album at the legendary (in my mind) Mambo Records, the home of the Sublime classic, 40 oz to Freedom. It was the first time I got to be behind the wheel of my music and enlisted a trumpet player, keyboardist and fiddler along with the band to help my babies come to life. The result was my first studio album, The Truth Is..It was a good time.

Most recently, with the birth of my second daughter, I have come to terms with my roots and am writing songs again on the acoustic guitar and sharing them in local coffee shops and arts festivals. I am currently writing my new EP I am calling Maternity which reflects all the wonder, joy frustration and unending love that comes with raising a family. I guess the passion never goes away completely, it only refines itself and carries over into other areas of life, at least that is true for me.