Christine Vaskas

Christine Vaskas

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Upbeat pop/rock. Catchy songs with addictive melody and sound. Full band has high energy and wonderful musicianship

Biography

Long Island, New York, has long enjoyed a varied and beloved history as a singular musical destination on the map. It’s turned out such mega-star personalities as Billy Joel, Deborah Gibson and Mariah Carey. The newest addition to that exclusive list is singer/songwriter CHRISTINE VASKAS.

Vaskas readily joins the music-rich tapestry of Long Island as a fully evolved performer and songwriter, with two CDs under her belt.

“Music has always been in my life. Ever since I was a child it has been my outlet and something I could escape to. That’s why I love writing … I know someone out there is relating to it and is moved by it.”
She’s been performing on a regular basis since the age of seven, where in addition to formally beginning her legitimate training, she began to appear in several local community theater productions. A subsequent tenure at Bent Pussycat Recording Studio, located in West Hills on Long Island, introduced her to the technological end of recording, showing her what was available to her. Working with the studio’s Tom Cavanagh, she wound up having some of her initial recordings appear on the studio’s label (Bent Pussycat Records) Christmas Compilations. To date, she’s appeared on their last 7 holiday releases. “I was fortunate to have the experience at 16 to work in a studio. I learned so much about production, writing, and even the business aspect of the industry. It was a terrific apprenticeship.”
Her first formal CD release, produced by Cavanagh, DARE, was released in April, 2003. The package contained 11 original songs penned by Christine and Cavanagh. Rich Hughes of WUSB Radio called Vaskas, “A young woman with a world of potential”, and said of the CD’s title track, “Fast-paced and sharp, this song amply displays both the powers of Vaskas’ voice, and her ability to craft a catchy pop song.”

The package was heralded as a major new work from a major new artist, and she was voted ‘Queen of the Long Island Music Scene’ by Aural Fix magazine … which featured her on the cover and contained an extensive interview with her.

After a flurry of activity, where the CD and select songs were regularly programmed on local-radio and TV, she released an acoustic version of the CD, which garnered considerable interest.

Her follow up CD, STEPPING OUTSIDE MYSELF was released in July of ’08 (with a release-event at NYC’s Bitter End), further expanded her vision with several songs containing an unmistakable hint of country. Ironically, her song “Love Story” was written and released way before Taylor Swift’s current hit version. “Lyrically this new CD has a more definitive direction; most of the songs are about self discovery and self awareness.”

She also participated in an MTV-online sponsored competition called ‘Addicted to Noise’, where people had to vote for their favorite submitted song. She entered the competition with her song “Love Story” and made the Top 20 in their first go-around. The last round determined the final Top 10, and her song made it to #5.

Aware, accessible, and, exemplary. CHRISTINE VASKAS … remember the name!

Lyrics

Now He’s Gone

Written By: Christine Vaskas and Tom Cavanagh

Now He’s Gone

What in the world have I done?
I’ve taken my love from someone
Now I wish that I could get it back
If only I knew where he was at

I've looked everywhere
I've searched every place
I know that someday I'll get to see his face

How could I just let him go?
And leave me to be all alone
Maybe I waited to long
But something inside felt so wrong

I've asked everyone
I've called out his name
I know without him
I'll never be the same

Why tell me why I feel like I do
It’s a crime that I have to go on
When night after night it just didn't feel right
When I knew all along that he's the one
But now he's gone

Who was the fool after all?
The one who just slipped but didn't fall

I've been here before I've felt the same way
Can't take it anymore and all I have to say

Why tell me why I feel like I do
It’s a crime that I have to go on
When night after night it just didn't feel right
When I knew all along that he's the one
But now he's gone

Gone away
Maybe this time to stay
I don't know how it happened
I wish that I knew
Won't someone please tell me
Is there something I can do?

Why tell me why I feel like I do
It’s a crime that I have to go on
When night after night it just didn't feel right
When I knew all along that he's the one
But now he's gone

Stepping Outside Myself

Written By: Tom Cavanagh & Christine Vaskas

Stepping Outside Myself

I'm sick and tired of feeling scared
and I'm scared of being sick
I'm more confused by what I learn
But isn't that the trick?
I've come to terms with what is real
Reality’s a ruse
To ponder is a dangerous game
That ends in self abuse

I think I worry way too much
And worry makes me think
But if tranquility can bread contempt
Then I guess I'm on the brink
I've fought the war of detachment
Surrendered to the cause
My actions are now dictated
And governed by its laws

I'm stepping outside myself
To see what’s going on
I'm stepping outside myself
To see what I've become

I grimace at the putrid thoughts
That lay within my mind
Refuse to open dormant dreams
I fear what I may find
I'm scaling walls to high to climb
And never checked to see
If someone left the gate open so I could walk through free

I'm stepping outside myself
To see what’s going on
I'm stepping outside myself
To see what I've become

I'm staring at my reflection rejecting what I view
I'm visualizing images and hoping to construe
I want to break down barriers I've build up on my own
And finally be comfortable when I'm left all alone

I'm stepping outside myself
To see what’s going on
I'm stepping outside myself
To see what I've become
I'm stepping outside myself
To see what’s going on
I'm stepping outside myself
To see what I've become

Dare

Written By: Christine Vaskas and Tom Cavanagh

Dare

Try to push me down
to see if I will fall
and make me give up
no that's not like me at all

I don't like to sit around all day
hoping things will come my way
So this is what I have to say

Dare to take a chance
Dare to make my stand
going to get out and break the mold
going to buy what can't be sold
I'm going to take it all the way because I dare

What do I have to lose if I take a risk?
There's opportunities I may or may not want to miss

I don't want to waste my time again
hoping things are happening
and I've got rules I want to bend

Dare to take a chance
Dare to make my stand
going to get out and break the mold
going to buy what can't be sold
I'm going to take it all the way because I dare

To look you in the eyes
and tell you how I feel, deep down inside
Dare to try to understand
to live without a plan, to be alive

I don't like to sit around all day
hoping things will come my way
So this is what I have to say

Dare to take a chance
Dare to make my stand
going to get out and break the mold
going to buy what can't be sold
I'm going to take it all the way because I dare

Ambiguous

Written By: christine Vaskas and Tom Cavanagh

Ambiguous

Give me back my heart
It wasn't yours to take
and from the start
this isn't my mistake

When I'm passing time
it always seems to always pass me by

How'd it come to this?
You're always on my mind
Everyday and night
it seems like all the time

Well I wasn't lost
but know I feel I'm lost inside of you

Confusion speaks
my heart grows weak
I'm hypnotized when I look into your eyes

Give me back my thoughts
you're always in my head
and when I breathe I breathe you instead
and when I dream I only dream of falling in and out of love with you

Thinking Too Much

Written By: Christine Vaskas and Tom Cavanagh

Thinking Too Much

You caught me looking in your direction
Our eyes met and we both felt the connection
I turned away out of fear of rejection
Even though I'm sure we shared a mutual connection

Time passed by but I had a premonition
That you would come over call it women’s intuition
and when you finally did I offered no opposition
I'm glad to meet a man with no inhibitions

you asked me my name and I talked about the weather
you told me you're a vegan and I asked if you liked leather
you got me so tongue tied I couldn't put two words together
I was thinking too much

We both laughed but inside I was so nervous
I was shaking in my boots but I was cool on the surface
The conversation labored & resorted to lip service
Wasn't making any sense & I was talking with no purpose

Once again you asked my name but I gave you my phone number
I mentioned we should dance but I made myself look dumber
Realizing there’s no music you just stared at me in wonder
I was thinking too much

He looked at me and said I'd like to know you better
As I smiled back at him I could feel my face getting redder
I looked down at my feet and could almost hear his laughter
As I stood there like a fool I thought wow what a disaster

He asked me for a ride home but I said I wasn't leaving
As the words fell from my lips couldn't believe what I was hearing
As he turned and walked away I saw my chances disappearing
But I quickly told him yes & stopped my mind from interfering
I was thinking too much

Stand Up

Written By: Christine Vaskas and Tom Cavanagh

stand up
stand up and get out of your seat
get loud and sing along with me
let go start moving those feet
cause were gonna have a good time

Its so easy to get lost in yourself
trying to keep ahead of everyone else
moneys tight and you hate your career
you'd rather live anywhere else but here.

your late for work and you just missed the train
the traffics crawling and it drives you insane
so let me give you some professional advice
forget your troubles and have a good time

stand up and get out of your seat
get loud and sing along with me
let go start moving those feet
cause were gonna have a good time

the news is frightening and will scare you to death
your just so busy you cant even catch your breath
the more you work the more that you owe
you cant relax because your always on the go

it seems like someone is always needing your help
your always doing things for somebody else
so let me recommend something for you
forget everyone and do what you want to do

stand up and get out of your seat
get loud and sing along with me
let go start moving those feet
cause were gonna have a goodtime

dont let anybody take away your dreams
your independence is more important then it seems
you work so hard and deserve a little fun
so turn it up loud because the party has begun

stand up and get out of your seat
get loud and sing along with me
let go start moving those feet
cause were gonna have a good time
stand up and get out of your seat
get loud and sing along with me
let go start moving those feet
cause were gonna have a good time

Discography

Dare 2003
The Acoustic Mixes 2005
Stepping Outside Myself 2008

Set List

30-60 min set

When I'm Falling
Detached
Thinking Too Much
Opportunity Knocks
(drummer goes right into next song)
Stepping Outside Myself
Love Story
Pretty
Dare
Time Isn't Everything
Stand Up!