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Canadian contemporary-roots songwriter Christine Graves says something interesting with the space and texture of her songs yet her charm is letting the audience read between the lines. Her voice is truly remarkable, and in concert, Graves uses vocal improvisation and outside-the-box melody to capture attention. Christine has a gift for promoting audience participation through spontaneous teaching from the stage and singable songs that audiences love.

Christine’s career includes five years as alto in the all female a cappella group Malaika. She was artistic director for Blue Skies Music Festival in 2007 and 8. She has juried for Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council and worked as a member of Blue Skies in the Community in a granting capacity. Her studies have taken her to The Banff Centre for the Arts and New York state for jazz vocals. Recently, Christine began teaching ukulele, completing the James Hill Teacher Training Level 1 in 2018 and enrolling in Level 2.

In 2017, Christine placed first in the “Songs of Protest Songs of Hope” writing competition in Ottawa. All her CD’s have aired on national CBC Radio as well as charting on numerous campus radio stations in Canada and the US. She has toured extensively in Canada. Her songs have been short-listed in the OCFF Songs From the Heart competition. Christine was nominated for the KM Hunter Award by the Ontario Arts Council in 2000.

Always community and collaboration minded, Christine started and organized the fusion songwriters-in-the-round series, “Lucky Songs” at Ottawa’s Downstairs Club and Lucky Ron’s from 1999 to 2001, until it moved to The Black Sheep Inn in 2002. It continues annually to this day!

Throughout her career, Christine has facilitated and taught music to beginner and intermediate musicians. She is especially adept at helping singers use awareness of their instrument to produce natural and spontaneous singing. Her knowledge of anatomy, study of awareness practices through movement and her own vocal study make her a unique and exceptional voice instructor.

Wreckless Daughter CD
Wreckless Daughter ***1/2      “…a delightful and continually surprising CD…”                                                                                     Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen

‘wreckless daughter’, the fourth CD by Canadian contemporary-roots songwriter Christine Graves, was released on her own label, Brave Music. For copies of the CD by mail, contact Christine from the contact page.

“…a brilliant fusion of folk and jazz combined with emotionally searing lyrics.”
Denis Armstong, The Ottawa Sun

This newest collection of 11 songs touches universal themes like love, habitat and human conflict. On the tender title track, ‘wreckless daughter’, Christine’s heart breaks a little. When she mends it, uplifting songs like ‘chickadeesong’ dot the recording. Creating a distinctly indie-folk sound, Dave Draves (Kathleen Edwards, Jim Bryson, Melwood Cutlery) co-produced the CD. Draves adds keyboards to the mix of acoustic, electric & slide guitars, bass, harmony vocals and percussion. Go to discs to hear samples and download free MP3’s from previous releases.

Graves was born in Halifax and has lived in BC and Ontario most of her life. She makes Ottawa, Ontario her home.

With appearances on radio and T.V. as well as hundreds of concerts at small and large venues and festivals across the country, she has celebrated a burgeoning reputation as a“…a major songwriting talent.” (Alan Wigney, Ottawa Xpress Magazine).

 “…Graves has come up with a brilliant fusion of folk and jazz combined with emotionally searing lyrics.”                                                            
Denis Armstong, The Ottawa Sun

… This fabulous collection of contemporary folk songs tugs on the heartstrings from all directions - often joyful, sometimes melancholy, at times playful, always thoughtful….an intimate, honest, warm acoustic sound…”        
Jennifer Noxon, The HUMM, Almonte, ON

“If one could compose a list of Canada’s ten best contemporary gal singer-songwriters, it would almost certainly include these names: Christine Graves, Lynn Miles, Christine Fellows, Serena Ryder, Julie Doiron, Ember Swift, Kinnie Starr, O Susanna and Kathleen Edwards. If these gals were a team at an international song Olympics, they would win the gold medal!”
                            
Paul Symes, proprietor, The Black Sheep Inn, Wakefeild Quebec

“…Graves packs a sweet, pulpy, punch…”                      
Lezlie Lowe, COAST, Halifax NS

“…the music of Ottawa-area native Christine Graves can be favourably compared to that of Jane Siberry. The vocals have the range and the adaptability to tackle some very interesting arrangements and the lyrics keep you thinking…”
Stew Slater, SEE MAGAZINE, Edmonton, AB

“…cool groove and absolute committment to the song.”
                                   
Chris White, Artistic Director, CKCU Ottawa Folk Music Festival

Selected Festival Appearances:

  • Calgary Folk Festival
  • CKCU Ottawa Folk Festival
  • Blue Skies Music Festival, Clarendon, ON
  • Peterborough All Folks Festival
  • Fillberg Arts and Music Festival, Comox B.C.

Selected Showcases and Awards:

  • Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope (contest winner)
  • Ontario Council of Folk Festivals
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • FACTOR

Selected Discography:

  • wreckless daughter, brave music, 2006
  • Let it Snow, Unique Canadian Winter Music, 2004
  • stray, brave music, 2001
  • facing me, 1998
  • piece by piece, 1995
  • let it snow, canadian songwriter compilation, 2002
  • resurfacing, ottawa compilation, 1999
  • a malaika christmas, 2002
  • to paradise, malaika, 2001

As a Supporting Artist:

  • sweet, jennifer noxon, 2002
  • procrastinator, chris maclean, 2015