What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
I’m from Canada, and I have my new album, Impossible to Hold coming out March 23. Currently on tour in Europe.
What is your typical writing process like?
Usually at home in my office, and usually in the morning after a coffee when there is nothing else happening in my day. I write more after a long tour where I’ve met a lot of people and seen a lot of new places, then back home I have time to reflect and get to work on creating new music.
What made you first decide to get into music
I don’t remember an exact moment where I thought ‘I want to be a musician’. Mostly I don’t think of myself as a musician, perhaps because I always feel I need to learn more, and I did many other things between the time I started learning music, quit music as a child, and then as a young adult began singing and writing my own songs. But what I love about song writing, is that I get to say things from my perspective. Nobody tells me what to say in my songs. We grow up with so many experiences where someone is telling you how to think or act, and with art, you can find your own way and speak your own truth. That’s what attracts me to singing and song writing.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Well, my friend Shannon recently died after a four-year battle with Cancer. He had such grace throughout his journey. One thing he continued to advise was if you have a ‘bucket list’ item, you should do it! I think of him when things get tough, or I have to make a difficult decision.
You’re releasing your new album ‘Impossible To Hold’ soon, what is the meaning behind the title?
At first this song was called ‘I Don’t Miss Much’, then later I changed the title to ‘Impossible To Hold’. To be honest, this is one of those songs that I am reluctant to talk too much about, fearing it will take away the magic of it. Sometimes a song means one thing when it’s written, and then later it can take on a new meaning. Most things in life, are impossible to hold onto. Everything changes.
What can we expect from the album?
I feel this is a more eclectic album, in that each song was produced individually, not considering how it would ‘fit’ or caring about it being different from the other songs.
Who would you say are your biggest influences, musically?
Annie Lennox, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Chrissie Hynde, Debbie Harry, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Tina Turner.
Where is your dream festival to perform?
I’d love to perform in Hyde Park opening for Fleetwood Mac or Wilco during the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival.
Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
Well I love The Carleton in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I think so many musicians have had fantastic experiences playing at this special venue
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Dealing with the business side of music
Cooking or going out for dinner with friends and family.
When you come off Tour
1/ Where is the first place you go? HOME! Port Howe, Nova Scotia
2/Who is the first person you see? My in-laws usually!
3/What is the first thing you eat? Fried Haddock Dinner at Mcmahon’s Take Out Restaurant in Wallace Bay NS (with the in-laws!).
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Stream Christina’s Music here