Christy Bruneau

Christy Bruneau

 La Jolla, California, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

"Upon first hearing San Diego singer/songwriter Christy Bruneau, she sounds like a cross between Natalie Merchant and Jewel. After spending just over 23 minutes listening to her debut CD however, the listener realizes that her style and playing are very much her own." (Now On Tour).

Frequently categorized as a folk/blues singer, Christy’s talent and range are far more diverse. She prefers to polish her edgy, distinctive, yet familiar sound with attention on raw, honest introspection, and pu

Biography

Singer/songwriter Christy Bruneau is a self-described rebel at heart. Paradoxically to see her perform one might conceive differently. Onstage she emanates the beauty and grace of a seasoned performer as she fearlessly belts out her unique, potent vocals. Her lyrics address the earnest melancholy and savvy elegance of one woman’s journey tinted with youth’s fresh innocence, naivete and sought rebellion. Frequently categorized as a folk/blues singer, Christy’s talent and range are far more diverse with musical influences extending from Patsy Cline to The Black Crowes to fit such a narrow label. She prefers to polish her edgy, distinctive, yet familiar sound (she if often likened to Natalie Merchant, Ricki Lee Jones and Jewel) with attention on raw, honest introspection, and pure playing.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Christy uprooted and relocated in San Diego in 1995 to pursue singing and songwriting. Naturally her desires to perform came at an early age regardless of location. At age 3 she resisted entry into a beauty pageant at her mom’s prompting. The dress and curled hair did not take but the microphone beckoned. Ironically she won the pageant by singing an impromptu original song. Performing would prove to be a natural instinct. As a young girl, her father, music fan and avid listener, introduced a variety of legends from the 60s and 70s: Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, The Beatles, Elton John, Dusty Springfield, Janis Joplin, Cream, The Band, James Taylor, Linda Rondstat, Carly Simon, and Fleetwood Mac to name a few. They would ultimately influence and inspire her voice. She adds “I wore out Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road on my phonograph when I was eight-mostly because my mom thought it inappropriate for a girl my age to listen to Elton John.” Later her defiant nature embraced the outrageous and naughty big-hair (Glam) rock of the 80s-from Motley Crue and Guns-n-Roses to The Cult- icons of the ultimate bad girl’s rebellion. Finally the inspirational album by The Black Crowe’s Shake Your Money Maker, left its indelible mark. “For me, that album had it all-great singer, great lyrics great band, and a sound that combined all the music I loved and wanted to make. It made me want to be a songwriter”
Settling in San Diego in San Diego allowed for the creative process to flourish. Armed with a guitar and a handful of then brand new songs, Christy quickly found herself frequenting coffeehouses in San Diego such as the infamous Java Joe’s in Ocean Beach showcasing her talent with other local singer/songwriters. While juggling various jobs and maintaining her “starving artist lifestyle”, she initiated her first band, The Dharma Bumz, as well as playing solo acoustic shows. In 2000 Christy teamed up with musician/producer Robert Edwards together writing and recording her first CD Angels of Mercy- an eclectic collection of songs fusing folk, bluegrass, roots, and 60s rock. In 2004 Christy teamed up with musician/producer Tom Andrews to record a compilation of songs she had written over her songwriting career for her current CD Somewhere in the Middle. Soon after the recording of Somewhere in the Middle was finished Christy found that she and her husband would be expecting a baby boy, releasing the CD in 2010.
Currently Christy is performing and promoting her CD Somewhere in the Middle as well as writing new songs for her next CD Stories to Tell/Sweet Salvation, a collection of songs based on her family and their lives over the last 100 years. She adds, “I believe it is in telling our stories that we find peace for ourselves and for our world. It is in our own stories that we find salvation.”

Discography

Somewhere in the Middle
Type: Studio
Released: 2010
Producer: Tom Andrews
available on itunes, amazon and more

Time
Type: Studio EP
Released: 2004
Producer: Tom Andrews

Angels of Mercy
Type: Studio
Released: 2002
Producer: Robert Edwards
available on itunes, amazon and more