How is your summer going? I’ll say it’s going way too fast for me!
We started the summer, my favorite time of year, with a show at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Those who were out of town that weekend have asked me how it was, and I have to say it was a dream! We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect night.
Here’s a lovely text I received from a friend after the show. It made me smile and touched my heart to receive it...
“Christine, We were so blown away by the sets!!!! Your songwriting (lyrics, music) and singing were so powerful and the harmonies/singing with John was perfection! John’s set was so great, and I loved his “Surprise ending” to the love song. You two have a deep musical soul connection and we LOVE “the sound of this!!!!” So much storytelling went on last night! Beautiful to hear both voices together! Xoxo”
If you missed it, you’re in luck; we have a show coming up on September 17 at TR!P Santa Monica! I’m so excited to do a show in Santa Monica again, as it’s been years. (Some of my longtime music family will remember coming to many shows at Monsoon Cafe back in the day!)
It’s a free show, so no need to buy tickets this time; just come thirsty so you can enjoy a drink or two along with the amazing music, lol!
Now for something I’m moved to share with you. I’ve talked in the past about my mentors who inspired me to teach. My mom and my beloved college voice teacher Mrs. Perla Warren were my first inspirations.
Someone I haven’t shared about is my amazing voice teacher Robert Edwards. I studied voice with Robert for many years while I did my Masters in jazz studies at USC, all the way to 2019!
We hadn’t been in touch for a while, and after leaving a few unanswered calls, it finally occurred to me to check the obituaries. When I did, I found out the heartbreaking news, Robert passed away at the end of 2021.
Robert was known as “Voice Coach to the Stars,” and his clients included over three dozen Grammy winners, several Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, as well as Oscar, Emmy, and Tony award-winning actors, but he was amazingly down to earth and caring and so supportive to me. Robert attended both my college and grad school voice recitals! He came to the studio with me as I recorded the vocals for my album Been a Long Time.
Robert was truly a gift to this world. His positive, instructive spirit was constant. His singing lessons always included some lessons on living. I learned much from this dear, gentle man. He taught me as much about how to live life as he taught me how to sing.
Robert, my mom, and Mrs. Warren all championed me, believed in me, and had faith in me. They are my role models, and what a gift they all were!
It’s my honor and privilege to pass on all the lessons my mentors taught me to my students and to fulfill my life’s purpose as a singer and songwriter!
Right now, I have a few open spots in my studio, and yes, it’s true, I have an opening just for you!
It feels so good to see friends and students again in person and be able to teach without a mask. I’m offering some affordable packages so you can get started enjoying your voice, playing piano, and even songwriting! (Makes a good gift too!)
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I can see you in person, but also Zoom is wonderful if you’re further away.