Christine Crawford

Christine Crawford

 Antigonish, Nova Scotia, CAN
BandPopAdult Contemporary

There's nothing predictable about Christine Crawford's sound- experimental folk/rock fusion with jazz influence. Her trademark soothing vocals against sensual piano and rhythm guitar invite her audience into an encounter with a sure-handed poet and soulful, quirky storyteller.

Biography

There's nothing predictable about Christine Crawford's sound. A folk/rock fusion with jazz and Celtic influences, her music bursts forth in a stream of vivid imagery, rhythm, and melody. To listen to Crawford is to hear an artist with a unique vision of life and music. Her latest cd, Peace Talks, showcases the Halifax-based singer/songwriter's coming of age, both as a gifted musician and a captivating storyteller.

A granddaughter of a noted Gaelic chanteuse, her earliest influence was traditional Celtic music -- the mother tongue of so many artists from her hometown of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She learned to play piano and guitar as a child, performing with her family, and later performed all over Nova Scotia, sharing the stage with the Barra MacNeils, Dave Gunning, and Mary Jane Lammond. She was influenced early in her career by the Indigo Grils, and more recently by the piano driven alternative rock of Coldplay and Radiohead.

Peacetalks is Crawford's third cd, a collection of eleven original tunes that controversial places. However intense the lyrics, Crawford swoons her listeners with gorgeous melodies, catchy phrasing and infectious grooves. Her quirky, irreverent stage presence makes her a favorite for songwriter's circles with Lennie Gallant, George Canyon, Hot Toddy, Laura Smith, and Jenny Whitely, Norma MacDonald and Irish Mythen.

Crawford's debut album, Rowing in Eden, (nominated for Music Nova Scotia's Female Recording of the Year) was recorded after she started to work with producer Tim Feswick in 2002. The title track on that cd can be heard in the Fox film, Suzanne's Diary. Featured as Artist of the Week on CBC's Atlantic Airwaves, Rowing in Eden went on to enjoy international radio play as far afield as Northern Ireland, Australia, Hawaii, Alaska, and New York.

Another film project Crawford worked on was a song custom cut for the Trailer Park Boy's Christmas movie. Working again with Tim Feswick, she pitched the cheeky tune, Plutonium Love, to director Mike Clattenburg and the cast.

The 'boys' loved it! They picked it up for the film and later lip synced the tune on stage at the film's screening. Crawford and Feswick went to write nine more experimental tunes under the working name, Bigcheese.ca, and released the work as a full-length album, Plutonium Love.

Crawford is back in Antigonish where she's soaking in jazz influences, writing and performing throughout the province. Half of the proceeds from her CD sales is donated to the Coady International Institute's X-Tending Hope Program for HIV/Aids education and prevention in Africa.

Lyrics

In My Skin

Written By: Christine Crawford

Verse 1.
What are the neighbors gonna say about us now?
Now that we've gone and broken every rule?
What are the neighbors gonna say about us now?
I'm guessing it's gonna be cruel.

Bridge:
But if I was living my life for the neighbors, I would have done better in math.
I never would have picked up this guitar.
Who are the neighbors anyway-
They're just voices in my head saying 'oh my god, you can't be where you are'.

Chorus:
But here I am in my skin
I remember when it used to wear thin
When I would fall, but I'm not falling now
It just keeps getting more comfortable somehow
In my skin.

Verse 2.
Don't believe every word that you read.
There's only half a story there.
The truth resides somewhere in between
And we hardly ever get to look in there.

Bridge:
If I was living my life for the neighbors I would have done
better in math
I never would have picked up this
guitar
Who are the neighbors anyway, there just voices in my head saying 'oh my god you can't be where you are'.

Chorus:
Here I am in my skin
I remember when it used to wear thin
When I would fall but I'm not falling now
And it' just keeps getting more comfortable somehow

Break:
I used to choose safety over freedom
Chose sleepwalking over freedom
But I'm happy with this notice of
Eviction
I got a new place and I'm settling in
Into my skin.
I remember when it used to wear thin...
When I would fall but I'm not falling now
And it just keeps getting more comfortable somehow

Repeat Chorus

Discography

"Rowing in Eden"-Music Nova Scotia nominee for Best Female Recording 2005, International radioplay, Title Track featured in Fox Film

"Plutonium Love"- (Bigcheese.ca) -international radioplay, Title Track featured in Trailer Park Boy TV Movie

"Peacetalks"- November 2008 release

Set List

There are typically two 44-50 minute sets of 10-12 original alternative folk-rock songs which can be lengthened with the addition of a few select cover tunes (jazz standards with folk-rock treatment, and selections from the Indigo Girls and John Pryne).