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Christine Havrilla – On Tour with TC-Helicon
Christine started playing guitar when she was about 5 years old – “My dad played as well as a few of my relatives. I always had great support from my family to pursue music because it made me happy! I never studied music or took lessons- I learned from watching, listening and playing with other adults around me and intently listening to songs on the radio or on recordings (I was a sponge!).”
She started writing songs in high school and college and playing out in bands which eventually led to making her 1st album. She never looked back – “Opportunities kept arising and people kept coming out to hear me! I have enjoyed fronting my own band as well as playing guitar and bass in other bands and also on recordings for people. This musical journey of mine continues as I “keep at it” as a national independent recording and touring artist. I love being able to share my music!”
A Philadelphia native, Christine moved to Portland, Oregon in 2010. She continues to tour nationwide, and is working on new music for a studio album launching later in 2011.
As noted by the Princeton Packet, “Angst takes a left turn to upbeat and fun.” Dean Sciarra from ItsAboutMusic.com described the personal connection when he said, “We get inside her head with each successive entry from her musical diary. And if she didn’t possess that rare ability to make her songs so easily accessible, memorable and heartfelt, then you wouldn’t come back for more. And you will come back for more.”
Christine’s latest album, “In My Chair,” demonstrates her ever-evolving musicianship. In a very personal and solo endeavour, Christine sings and plays all instruments in her most ambitious effort to date. Writing and producing “In My Chair” from her home studio, listeners hear raw authenticity as Christine’s gritty vocals and overall musicality breathe life into fifteen engaging songs. Christine’s strength on guitar is ever-present. She delivers “In My Chair” in the unabashed style which has garnered her critical praise.
“In My Chair,” released independently in May 2008, delivers an eclectic collection of songs as did its predecessor, “Velocity.” However with “In My Chair,” Havrilla showcases her songwriting abilities and instrumental prowess with an organic, intimate approach. Along with her earlier albums, Christine has a collection of songs that clearly define her as a pop singer/songwriter at the peak of her form.
J.F. Pirro writes, “On In My Chair, Havrilla’s music and message remain as high-energy and introspective as ever…and always from the heart, dispensing medicinal lyrics for the soul.” (Main Line Today Magazine)
“I’m completely blown away and hooked. Havrilla’s talent is not only music but to take you away from the hum drum of life and go on a journey where she is the driver and we are her passengers,” writes Madalyn Sklar (Founder/Publisher, GoGirlsMusic.com).
Chris March of the Phoenixville Mercury writes, “(Havrilla’s) tunes offer some of the most focused and empowered songwriting from any artist to stem from the local area yet and results in an eclectic set that can range from adrenalized to emotionally stirring.”
Nate Bauer from Blue Weekly says, “Christine offers the kind of pop-guitar songwriting that definitely should not be overlooked…Havrilla has shifted from the typical Lilith Fair pigeonhole into her own enjoyable sound.”
Christine’s work has earned her serveral noteable achievements which include being featured in several online and radio charts ( notably, several multi-day slots at no #1 on the national singles chart of MP3.com and also no #1 on the folk/rock album chart on the same site for her album “Halo”) aswell as several awards for her work ( Curve Magazine’s Anniversary Issue Finalist for Favourite Musician/Newcomer (2010), “One of the Top Ten Indie Artists” – Advocate Magazine). She was also a finalist for Philadelphia City Paper’s 2002 Best Folk Artist/Group award, and received two grants in two consecutive years from The National Endowment for the Arts for its Meet the Composer series.
Christine has opened for and shared the stages of venues and major festivals with such acts as Jeffrey Gaines, Jill Sobule, Melissa Etheridge, Janis Ian, Antigone Rising, Tempest, Grey Eye Glances, Train, Melissa Ferrick, Catie Curtis, Don McLean, Heart, Sara Lee, Kyler England and Adrianne (The Rescues), Davy Knowles, Bitch, and Sally Taylor. She also composed and performed the music for the Johnny Cash Franklin Bible Session, a spoken word recording, and had the song “Sing” chosen for the GoGirls 2005 Radio Compilation CD, “Hole in the Ground” followed in 2007.
Self-taught, Havrilla wins crowds over wherever she goes with her musical innovation, heartfelt lyrics, and her guitar a mere extension of herself. Her music and sound are difficult to fit into one category; hence Christine describes it as “Neofunkadelicfolkpoptwangrock!” She lives up to the moniker bestowed upon her by Dena Marchiony of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project, “the quintessential pop-rock goddess.” Philadelphia Magazine simply states, “She rocks!”
Christine will be using her amazing vocal talent to showcase the VoiceLive Touch and other exciting new TC-Helicon products at this year’s winter NAMM show 2011. We look forward to where Christine takes us next.