Christine Rosander

Christine Rosander

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

From the first fiery note to the last whispery phrase, Christine Rosander’s sultry voice grabs hold and doesn’t let go, stirring up yearning and desire long after a song has ended. “With my singing, everything is instinctive, everything,” says Christine.

Biography

If you live in Southern California chances are you have heard this
artist’s soulful and mellifluous voice. Christine Rosander
has been appearing in clubs and festivals all over
Southern California for the past ten years and has been
inspiring and grabbing audiences with her sultry, sexy
and seductive voice.

A one woman melting pot,
Rosander’s style melds jazz, pop, rhythm, and blues and
folk into a unique and powerful musical identity.
Her strong and sexy style blends playful to poignant influences including the emotion of Rickie Lee Jones, the folk voice of Joni Mitchell, the sophisticated blues of Nina Simone, the storytelling panache of Billie Holiday, the rock-jazz feeling of Donald Fagan, the country pop attitude of the Dixie Chicks, and powerful songwriting influences such as the Beatles, CSNY, Bread, and many more. Each becomes undeniably her own.

Christine began singing solos publicly at the age of five, encouraged by her mother, a choir director and music teacher. She studied classical piano and was fascinated by gospel. Later, Christine earned her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and commercial composing and arranging from Cal State Long Beach. She went on to receive a master’s degree in music from USC. A professional musician, singer, and performer, she expects to continue teaching voice and piano while she presents her new music to her growing aggregation of fans.

“Christine Rosander is a major talent with a distinctive and haunting voice. Her debut CD, Smooth Ride, offers a wide variety of influences and inspirations blended together to create some very personal, heartfelt, and memorable music.”-Scott Yanow, writer for The Music Connection and author of nine jazz books, including Jazz On Film, Swing, Bebop, Trumpet Kings, and Jazz On Record 1917-76.

“A seductive singing temptress with a natural captivating power, Christine Rosander warms the soul and spirit with true life messages—proving that singing is like life…either you feel it or you don’t.”—Dr. Herb Wong, International Critic, Discographer and Journalist

“If there’s any justice, the world will be hearing more from this lady”—Ken McCall, San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune.

Lyrics

Traveling Mercy

Written By: Christine Rosander

Oh Lord, grant me your mercy, I am so far from home.
Out here a heart gets so heavy, it feels like a stone.
All the time I’ve wasted; don’t know where to turn.
Bitter tears I’ve tasted; I got a lot to learn.
Help me; help me find a way,
Through the fire and through the rain.
Help me; help me find a way.
I want to walk where angels walk.
Take me back where I belong.
Give me strength I pray.
So Lord, grant me your mercy, I’m a wandering soul.
Tell me, can we pick up these pieces? Will I ever be whole?
Somewhere there’s an answer, someone who cares.
Free from all the anger, free from all my fears.
Help me; help me find a way,
Through the fire and through the rain.
Help me; help me find a way.
I want to walk where angels walk.
Take me back where I belong.
Give me strength I pray.

Kitten

Written By: Christine Rosander

Vs. 1
Stay with me a little while,
It won’t be long now,
I wanna feel your gentle touch.
Lay with me a little while,
For all the old times,
You know it means so much.
Feels so good it feels so easy.
Baby you know how to please me.

Chorus
Find me a little piece of sunshine,
Just a crack through the curtain. (Bah bah doo bah dot dee yow)
Find me a little piece of sunshine,
And I’ll be purrin’ like a kitten in the mornin’.
And I’ll be purrin’ like a kitten in the mornin’.

(Bah bah doo bah dot dee yow… Bah bah doo bah dot dee yow)

Vs. 2
Kiss me for a little while,
Don’t say a word,
Just let me feel your arms around me.
Miss me for a little while,
No time for tears,
Remember all the love we found.
Feels so good it feels so easy.
Baby you know how to please me.

Chorus 2
Find me a little piece of sunshine,
Just a crack through the curtain. (Bah bah doo bah dot dee yow)
Find me a little piece of sunshine,
And I’ll be purrin’ like a kitten in the mornin’.
And I’ll be purrin’ like a kitten in the mornin’.
(Bah bah doo bah dot dee yow… Bah bah doo bah dot dee yow)

Chorus 3

Boxer

Written By: Christine Rosander

Father was killed right in front of his eyes,
Never understood it, didn’t know why.
Brother was killed the very same way,
Maybe he’ll see ‘em again someday.
Sometimes he run, tears comin’ out of his eyes;
He’s got so much pain locked up inside.
He take it out on the heavy bag.
Take it out when he spar.

Every time he fight you see,
This is for his family.
Every time he fight you see,
He prays for his family.
Every time he fight you see,
This is for his family.
This is for my father,
This is for my brother,
This is for my sister,
This is for my mother.

Sometimes he run tears comin’ out of his eyes,
He’s got so much pain locked up inside.
He take it out on the heavy bag.
Take it out when he spar.

Every time he fight you see,
This is for his family.
Every time he fight you see,
He prays for his family.
Every time he fight you see,
This is for his family.
This is for my father,
This is for my brother,
This is for my sister,
This is for my mother.

Love Me The Way I Am

Written By: Christine Rosander

Why is it so hard?
For you to love me,
For you to love me?
Why is it so hard?
Why don’t you love me the way I am?
Love me the way I am.

I’ve heard you sad, sad story.
It breaks my heart in two.
People say you’ll never change.
Baby tell me, tell me, that’s not true.

Why is it so hard?
For you to love me,
For you to love me?
Why is it so hard?
Why don’t you love me the way I am?
Love me the way I am.

Wonderin’ why I’m here again.
Is there somethin’ else to learn?
Will I be stronger and wiser?
Tell me, when is it my turn?

Why is it so hard?
For you to love me,
For you to love me?
Why is it so hard?
Why don’t you love me the way I am?
Love me the way I am.
©Christine Rosander 2009

Good Boy

Written By: Christine Rosander & Ronnie Shelton

I know it’s hard to understand, I can’t explain it very well.
I wanna stay, but I’m not that strong.
I know it’s hard to understand, but we can’t live this way.
No not this way, but you’ll get along.

Chorus
You’re a good boy, aren’t you?
You’re my really good boy.
You’re a good boy, aren’t you?

You’re a good boy, aren’t you?
You’re my really good boy.
You’re a good boy, aren’t you?

I know it’s hard, maybe you’ll understand one day.
I really wanna stay, wanna hold you tight.
I know it’s hard to understand, but baby we can’t pretend.
You know I gotta go, but you’ll be all right.

Chorus 2

Bridge
And there are so many people, telling you what to do.
And there are so many changes, you can’t understand.
And there are so many people telling you what’s right,
And there are so many different people
To tuck you in at night.

Chorus 3

You’ll be all right.

Discography

"Smooth Ride" Devcat Records on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, airplay on NPR.

Set List

This is a mix of my originals and unique arrangements of covers. I also can add jazz standards into the set, which the audience always goes crazy for. Sets can be any length depending on venue.

Set One

1. Kitten
2. Sailing
3. Fire and Rain
4. Traveling Mercy
5. How Can I Keep From Singing
6. Just A Little While
7. Help Me
8. Precious Lord
9. Boxer

Set Two

1. Ghost Town
2. Good Boy
3. All I Know
4. Love Me The Way I Am
5. I Don’t Know How To Love Him
6. Put Your Mind On Me
7. You Made Me Who I Am
8. Smooth Ride

Encore: People Get Ready