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Christina Watson

Vocalist Christina Watson's impressive range appeals to music lovers from all backgrounds. She can swing on a jazz standard, interpret a ballad with mature sensitivity, and then belt out the blues and funk with attitude and a unique edge. Classically trained, she also possesses a powerful soprano voice, which is showcased by her role in the Nashville based vocal jazz quartet, 3rd Coast Vocals (www.myspace.com/3CV).

With her 2004 debut CD “All About Love,” Christina Watson caught the attention of jazz fans all around the globe, garnering reviews in publications such as Sweden’s Orkester Journalen, the world’s oldest jazz magazine. Among the tracks that received airplay, Watson’s original song Half Moon led to a collaboration with producer/songwriter Green Daniel. This latest project, entitled “A Flower Truly Blue,” features a stellar trio headed up by Carmen McRae’s former musical director/pianist Pat Coil. Bassist Craig Nelson, drummer Bob Mater, saxophonist Jeff Coffin and trombonist Oscar Utterstrom all lend their talents on this fresh, Euro-inspired jazz album. Four of the tracks are co-written originals by Daniel and Watson, including the title track.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2001, Watson moved from Boston to Nashville. Since her arrival in Music City, Watson has performed at local jazz hot spots such as F Scott’s, Café 123 and Ellendale’s as well as at private and corporate events and concerts in the US, Sweden, France, Belgium and South Korea. During the summer of 2007, Watson performed in Sweden with her Watson Utterstrom Nordic Quintet (WUNQ) and then in China with the Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble. In April of 2008 she did another tour of Sweden and Belgium with WUNQ. She has made appearances on Nashville Public Radio (WPLN FM) and at local jazz festivals in Watertown, Franklin and Germantown. Her musical talents have also earned her spots on jingles and Nashville songwriters’ demos as well as invitations to sit in with bands like New Orleans style funk brass band, halfbrass (www.halfbrass.com), and the Tower of Power tribute band, Bump City (www.myspace.com/toptribute).

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”I enjoyed All About Love very much. I don't think you should have a problem getting people to recognize your talent.”

-- Kevin Mahogany Jazz Vocalist

“[All About Love is] a sparkling debut... [Christina Watson's] voice is warm and seductive, like draping yourself in the soothing embrace of a snuggly blanket on a crisp fall day. ...[She's] a talented songwriter... Put her in the same league as Norah Jones and Diana Krall--she's that good, from her first scat to her last yearning note. Her fresh interpretations of songs previously recorded by others will likely draw comparisons to Eva Cassidy.”

-- A fan in Cincinnati

“Alluring...Christina Watson's striking sound, vast range and great sense of swing make her current CD All About Love a delight!”

-- Ron Wynn Nashville City Paper

“Christina Watson is a promising new talent who is blessed with a naturally pleasing voice

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Credentials/Background

Graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2001 with 4-year professional diploma in vocal performance. Teaches private voice lessons through various schools. Teaches group classes on vocal technique, vocal literature (composer series), chart writing for vocalists and theory for vocalists at the Nashville Jazz Workshop (www.nashvillejazz.org). Directs a women's a cappella choir. Available for lessons by appointment: [email protected] $40 an hour. Lessons are 1 hour or 1.5 hours long.

Albums

Album A Flower Truly Blue by Christina Watson

A Flower Truly Blue

Right Turn Records
2008

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