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Christina Easterday & Discover West Tennessee Magazine

April 2021 Edition

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Indie singer and songwriter, Christina Easterday is an eclectic blend of pop, rock and r&b. Her sweet, yet sultry tone, coupled with lush harmonies, resonates tasteful vibes unique to her.

Born into a musical family, she began singing and dancing by the time she could walk.

“As soon as she started talking, she was humming and copying melodies,” her mom said.

At age three, she took an interest in piano and was enrolled in dance lessons in ballet, tap, clogging, jazz and hip hop. Passionate about writing, she penned poems and riddles, which led to her first complete song at age six. After taking piano lessons for some time, she went on to learn violin and clarinet in middle school. At the age of 12, a close friend gave her an acoustic guitar and Christina went on to use that as her primary instrument for songwriting. She performed in multiple talent shows, school and church plays and led the worship music for her church youth group from 2005-2009. Her brother, Harris, a drummer and first bandmate, taught her to play Cajon.

At age 17, she completed Barbizon Modeling and Acting School, won 1st Place for Barbizon’s Model Magic Magazine and attended the IMTA National Competition in New York City. She studied broadcasting and music at Liberty University and led worship in her dormitory hall. In her spare time, she created her own demos by mixing beats and recording her vocals and guitar.

Her first two singles, Snowflakes and Moving To Move On, were recorded at Forty-One Fifteen in East Nashville and mixed by engineer Dewey Boyd Jr. (Front Of House for Ricky Skaggs). Joining her on the recordings were Nashville musicians Jesse Isley, Brian Kilian and Shade Kling.

“It’s always great to work with an artist that knows what they want, has a good outline and has a genuine spirit. Christina is no exception. I was fortunate to play guitar on the sessions for Snowflakes and Moving To Move On. It was so fun collaborating with her and the band, trying out ideas, really pushing the possibilities. I’ve known Christina for almost a decade. I’ve watched her fight some intense battles and you can hear that intensity in her music. Smooth and jagged, fire and ice, but always from her soul. She brings that genuine spirit into every song. Nothing formulaic. No matter the style, that’s what’s most important in a songwriter. I hope we get to crank out more songs down the road!” -Jesse Isley

She has co-written with Grammy Award winner, Bobby E. Boyd (Bless The Broken Road), Two-time SESAC Songwriter Of The Year winner, Arlos Smith (Mayberry), and Grammy Award nominee, Earl Bud Lee (Friends In Low Places).

"Christina Easterday is a multi-talented singer, performer and songwriter that I have had the pleasure of working with on the stage, in the studio and in co-writing sessions, over nearly a decade. Christina has also worked with me on a video project for another artist and brought everything we needed to the screen including her obvious beauty, acting abilities and presence. She has a unique style and approach to her music that, I believe, sets her apart from her contemporaries and will attract a large fanbase in the very near future!” -Bobby E. Boyd

She received an honorable mention for her song, The Perfect Time, at the 25th Annual San Diego Songwriter’s Guild songwriting competition. She performed on the boardwalk in the famous beachside community of Ocean Beach, known for it’s laid back, artistic vibes. In summer 2018, Christina moved to Reno, NV and performed at West Street Market, was interviewed and played live on Carson City’s 95.1 KNVC and the Roots, Rednecks and Radicals podcast. Her music made the final round of Reno’s Best Of 2019 for ‘Best Local Songwriter’ and was featured in the March 2019 edition of Red Hawk Living Magazine. During this time, she also was involved in a cover band, alongside her brother and two Reno-based musicians.

Currently based in Memphis, TN, she was nominated for ‘Pop Vocalist Of The Year’ for the 2020 Josie Music Awards and ‘Songwriting Achievement’ for her unreleased work, Soul Baby. Christina went on to release Soul Baby in December of 2020.

January 2021 brought the release of Artist, a chill and vibey single that almost has an Imogen Heap feel and makes the statement that we "haven't seen nothing yet." On the same day as it's release, Christina collaborated with FAME Recording Studios and Publishing Co., in Muscle Shoals, AL, home of the "Muscle Shoals Sound" known to artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Candi Staton, Wilson Pickett, Mac Davis and many others. She worked alongside musicians including Dewey (Spooner) Lindon Oldham, Will McFarlane, Kelvin Holly, Justin Holder and Andy Dixon. She was interviewed live on MY 101.5 FM with Hunter Jackson In The Morning and Soul Baby was added to the station's song rotation. After recording at FAME for a second time, plans to release her first EP were mentioned in the Spring.

"Christina was a treat to play piano and organ with, at FAME Studio, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama recently. She is steeped in the Rhythm and Blues mode, with authenticity in her presentation of words and music. May she forever reign in her writing, singing and playing." -Spooner Oldham

“It was a delight being in headphones with Christina. She nailed the vocals as the tracks went down and it was a pleasure to hang out with her in general. It was a couple of very musical days. I felt like we were getting to know her. It was obvious she had come through some very dark times. Her vulnerability in her lyrics made us like her.” -Will McFarlane

"I am absolutely honored to work alongside such legendary musicians in such a legendary studio. My forthcoming EP will include three new songs and a new version of Soul Baby, telling one of the most important stories of my life so far." -Christina Easterday

Christina has since been featured on the cover of Discover West Tennessee Magazine for the April 2021 Edition.

Some of her top influences include classical music, southern gospel music, contemporary christian music, The Carpenters, Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Kelly Clarkson, Evanescence, Colbie Caillat, Paramore and many other artists, including those from the late 90’s/early 2000’s rock, pop, r&b and hip hop.

You can find Christina online at: www.ChristinaEasterday.com

Facebook: @christinaeasterdaymusic 

Instagram: @christina.easterday 

Twitter: @ckeasterday 

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