Christine Evans

Christine Evans

BandChristianSinger/Songwriter

All my music has a positive message, often with spiritual undertones--some of it really rocks, and some songs are more mellow. I have a unique sound which some say is a blend of Joni Mitchell, Switchfoot, and Ani DiFranco.

Biography

Coming off her nation-wide Canadian tour last summer, singer-songwriter Christine Evans has produced a second CD that builds upon the critically acclaimed strengths of her recording debut. Push features a song cycle of the young musician's well-crafted, whip-smart original songs driven by a dozen, organic and pulsing soundscapes.

Christine co-produced the new CD with veteran studio wizard Tom Hall, who has worked with a Pantheon of pop, rock and jazz stars. Hall says, "Just when I think I have a grasp of Christine's talents, she surprises anew. Each time we work together she reveals exciting new facets of her craft." He goes on to say, "Her music is compelling, powerful and timeless."

"I learned so much watching Tom produce my first CD, Take Me Home, and that allowed me to be much more involved in the production of my new album." Christine explained from her dorm room at Interlochen Academy, an arts school in Michigan with famous alumni including opera star Jessye Norman and jazz-pop diva Norah Jones. "The title, Push comes from my belief that, in order to effect change, we all need to Push the boundaries and ourselves to the limit."

As with Christine's brilliant debut CD, (the title track was chosen Vancouver Island Music Awards Song of the Year and included on Women & Song Volume 8 along with recordings by Madonna, Sarah McLachlan, and Jewel, who studied theatre, writing and art at Interlochen in the 1990s.), the heartfelt lyrics on Push are vivid, revelatory narratives of surprising maturity and wisdom. The young musician has been studying Jane Eyre at school (while listening to the music of Ani DiFranco, U2, and Switchfoot), and her new songs bristle with searing honesty and strength.

The recording opens with A Nation Redeemed, Christine's ethereal vocals soaring over a driving beat that hammers home her most political message. The title track follows with an even more dramatic, octave-spanning reading framed by a richly orchestral rock arrangement. There's an undertow-like pull behind her stark, emotive songcraft on the achingly sweet Believe.

Give It Up might be the most masterful and compelling composition from a collection of a dozen, beautifully shaped original songs. A liquid guitar intro and Christine's most vulnerable vocal shift into overdrive, riding a Stones-like rhythm riff through an anthemic chorus that rings like a clarion call between the song's ruminative verses: "...This temporary place, this momentary phase is smaller than we see..." Evans goes on to explain, "I think that this world is only one piece of a much larger picture, so it's always important to look beyond ourselves and our own lives."

An Artist Ambassador for Kids Help Phone, the 24-hour hotline for children and youth, Evans spent last August touring Canada from Vancouver to Montreal in support of the agency. She also donates $1 from the sale of each CD to Kids Help Phone.

The young musician wrote all of the songs on her debut recording, many before she was a teenager. She's been writing songs since she was seven, and her songwriting continues to develop by leaps and bounds. On Push her songs reveal a depth of feeling and insight with concise, pop poetics and delicious melodic hooks.

Called "a very gifted singer-songwriter" by one of her mentors, Peter, Paul & Mary folk great Peter Yarrow, Christine continues to work on her singing with famous, New York-based vocal coach Bill Riley. Riley has coached Celine Dion, Faith Hill, and members of the Metropolitan Opera, and Evans has taken his instruction and her studies at Interlochen to heart on Push. Dazzling displays of vocal pyrotechnics punctuate her haunting, powerful readings.

Push is a triumph.

Lyrics

Give It Up

Written By: Christine Evans

I don’t know what I need
I don’t know what to say
I’m shaky on my feet
This temporary place
This momentary phase
Is smaller than we see

Chorus:
I’m tired of getting lost and so frustrated
If I get another chance, I’ll take it
I wanna give it up this time
And you can’t stop me
From givin’ up what’s mine
‘Cause I don’t need these superficial things
I can’t buy what life can bring

At the end of the day
All of this will fade
No longer can I wait
As I’m walking through this storm
My feet are bruised and worn
But I want nothing but to stay

Chorus

I want something bigger than my life
Give me the strength to do it right this time
I want something constant through this strife
I want it I want it

I wanna give it up this time
And you can’t stop me
From givin’ up what’s mine
‘Cause I don’t need these superficial things
All these superficial things
All these superficial things
I can’t buy what life can bring

Surrender

Written By: Christine Evans / Tim Langley

I’m not always in time with the accepted truths
And I don’t walk in line with the accepted rules
I’ll keep walking this way with you by my side
‘Cause it’s not always easy and the path isn’t worn
But I don’t forget what I’m here for

Chorus
Say what they will, Say what they will
I’ll be who I am, Be who I am
‘Cause I’m not alone, I’m not alone
I will surrender all

I cannot pretend that I don’t make mistakes
I swear I don’t intend to be the things I hate
I search for what’s right, the answer never stays the same
‘Cause the world’s always changing and nobody wins
So take me to you, pull me in

Chorus
Say what they will, Say what they will
I’ll be who I am, Be who I am
‘Cause I’m not alone, I’m not alone
I will surrender all

Bridge
So yaaah, listen to me
This is what I believe
Oh, yaah, they can say anything
But they cannot take this part of me
This part of me

Chorus
Say what they will, Say what they will
I’ll be who I am, Be who I am
‘Cause I’m not alone, I’m not alone
I will surrender all
You give me the strength, give me the strength
To be who I am, be who I am
I need nothing else, need nothing else
Oh I will surrender all, aalll, aall, all. . . . .

Break Me

Written By: Christine Evans

Patterns and illusions are tainting what I see
I’m constantly affected by false realities
So we spin and we turn till we wonder just why we are dancing
Yet we drink it all in, do it over again
Tell me where it ends

Chorus
I am finding where I stand
So you can’t break me, no you can’t break me
I have faith in where I’ll land
So I am waiting, I am waiting
So come on, come on, come on try to break me

Nothing here is constant, nothing here is real
The world is always moving and it changes how I feel
So we spin and we turn till we wonder just why we are dancing
Yet we drink it all in, do it over again
Tell me where it ends

Chorus

Ah, shine your light on me
Ah, illuminate what I don’t see
Give me strength and give me peace

Chorus

Gloria

Written By: Christine Evans

When I’m standing by the river’s edge
It’s up to you
When my heart gives in to bitterness
It’s up to you
When I just can’t take it anymore
And my faith is week, thee I implore
I hope you know it’s up to you

When the world is sick from crying Lord
It’s up to you
When there’s no joy left in singing Lord
It’s up to you
When the killings cease to stop the wars
And we don’t know what we’re fighting for
I hope you know it’s up to you

Chorus
Hallelujah, the angels sing, oh they sing
Hallelujah, the world we sing, oh we sing
To you we sing

When my body turns to dust, my Lord
It’s up to you
When my aching bones need rest, my Lord
It’s up to you
When I call upon my Father’s name
And I recognize from whence I came
Oh my Lord it’s up to you

Chorus
Hallelujah, the angels sing, oh they sing
Hallelujah, the world we sing, oh yes, Lord we sing
Hallelujah, the angels sing, oh they sing
Hallelujah, the world we sing, and oh I sing
To You I sing, To You I sing, To You I sing

A Nation Redeemed

Written By: Christine Evans

Hold on, don’t let go
We’re so lost we don’t even know
We hear, but have we learned?
It’s smooth sailing until we get what we’ve earned

So if we’re the problem then who can we blame?
We’re gambling our riches on pleasure’s pain

Chorus:
Here we are and so it seems
We haven’t moved, we haven’t blinked
What destruction temptation brings
But if we move maybe we can be a nation redeemed

I turn my head up to the sky
I want more than this material life
So when it’s time to play my part
I’ll play whatever is written in the stars

So if we’re the problem then who can we blame?
We’re wasting our passion on pleasure’s pain

Chorus

Indivisible, all powerful—is that who we are?
One nation, one desperation
While we’re waiting for the stars to fall

So if we’re the problem then who can we blame?
We’re gambling our riches on pleasure’s pain

Chorus

Show Me the Way

Written By: Christine Evans

Are you out there?
Or is it only me?
In the darkness
Oh, I long to see
Seeking courage to voice what I believe
I am learning my imperfections are a part of me

So turn on the light so all can see
Oh, there’s nothing to hide
‘Cause we all know pain and we all know grief

Chorus:
So show me the way
I am tired of running backwards
In this empty space
I am searching for an answer
I am lost so won’t you show me the way

What am I missing when I refuse to change
What am I suppressing when I’m not making waves
I dream of freedom, of unassuming love
But are we crippled? Oh forever are we numb?

Chorus

No more excuses, I know what I’ve lost
‘Cause I’ve seen both sides
And I know the pain that I’ve caused

Chorus
Show me the way, show me the way

Discography

2007: Push 2007 Bonus CD
Give It Up (radio mix)
Surrender
Gloria (raw)
Gloria
Single: Don't Laugh at Me

2006: Push
A Nation Redeemed
Push
Believe
Give It Up
Only with Time
Let Me Be
I Know What I Want
Show Me the Way
Break Me
Now I Sing
On and On
Now I Sing
Xmas Single: River

2005: Take Me Home
If Only
I'm So Alone
All That I Am
Crazy Inside
Take Me Home
Heaven's Door
My Biggest Mistake
Let Me Go
Time for Me
Close Your Eyes
Where I Live
Forever's Gone
Xmas single: Mary Did You Know

Set List

I have enough original material to perform a 2 hour set.