2009, Christine Marie
Christine Marie is a California girl with southern intentions. A singer/songwriter not yet out of her teens, Christine Marie is already a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International and BMI, and is planning to move to Nashville as she starts college in 2011. In 2009, Christine Marie released her self-titled debut EP, a 3-song collection of pop country inspired by the likes of Garth Brooks, Leanne Rimes and Keith Urban.
Christine Marie opens with delicious pop/country of "Boy Behind The Radio", tracking the dreams of a young girl with a crush on a singer making her own dreams come true by becoming the girl behind the radio and someday meeting the voice. Incredibly catchy, Christine Marie works the song for all its worth. The song is universally appealing as there isn't a person out there who hasn't entertained a similar dream at least once in their life. "Let's Do Somethin' About It" comes from the same country/pop lineage. Christine Marie offers up a dynamic vocal performance, singing lead and harmony vocals on the EP. There's a bit of a Jackson Browne-meets-Shania Twain aesthetic here that's hard to ignore. Christine Marie closes with "It Starts Today", a musical resolution to go out and grab life by the horns and take what the world has to offer. Once again a highly catchy turn, all the more appealing as the song (and the rest of the EP) hasn't been glossed over with the sort of high production values that steal life from the music.
There's so much to consider in thoughts of who will "make it" and who will not. Who you know and luck are big components of bridging the gap between being great and being famous, and such things cannot be predicted. From a talent standpoint, from voice to sound to affability, Christine Marie displays the tools it takes to become a household name. The songs offers on Christine Marie are catchy and accessible, with the sort of energy that tends to light up the request lines at country radio. It might not happen right now, but don't be surprised if Christine Marie makes it big someday.
Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)
Learn more about Christine Marie at http://www.christinemariesings.com/ or www.myspace.com/christinemariesings. Christine Marie is available digitally through Amazon.com and iTunes.