Thanks to Frontrow Pics (Orest Dorosh) www.frontrow-pics.com for this live shot in Toronto June 16 at Burdock.
I’ve just wrapped a couple years of touring my album It’ll Be Alright steadily overseas and in Eastern Canada. There were a number of promotional campaigns for singles and music videos created. It’ll Be Alright, produced by Dale Murray in our home studio, shared a 2016 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year. I was able to step up my live show, learned a lot more about my business, and myself, and witnessed the strength of my personal and professional relationships throughout this time.
Most recently I released a very important single Lungs Are Burning and promoted the song touring United Kingdom and Eastern Canada. I continued to promote the critical work of CAMH at my Canadian tour dates, which stimulated conversation and awareness about mental illness and addiction. Thank you to anyone who approached me after the shows and shared their battles and triumphs relating to these topics.
I’m nearly done recording a new album, and I am really happy to be home for a longer stretch of time now, to plan and prepare for what this new album will bring.
Still it feels like in terms of my career, I’ve only scratched the surface. There’s so much more I want to do. I’m not satisfied. Maybe that’s normal? There are so many stages and opportunities I have yet to experience. I’d love to have more opportunities to help and heal. I’d love to work with some of my professional icons, like Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and Annie Lennox for example. I’d love to play bigger stages more often, and with a band. It would be incredible to share stages with my larger-than-life influences: Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, Wilco or The Jayhawks. I’d love to work with artistic directors on larger live productions. I’d love to tour new markets. Hey, I’m just sharing my dreams with anyone who is curious. I still feel like I have something relevant to say. I realize more and more, this is a great privilege to be able to exercise my freedom of expression through music.
Looking back, I have so much to be grateful for, but looking forward I see an empty calendar that I desperately want to be full of kick-ass opportunities. I remember Joan Rivers in an interview once saying that an empty calendar was her biggest fear!
Thought it feels like my career is at a standstill between albums, I need to see this as a bright new beginning. I’m home, I’m exactly where I need to be right now. I’m finishing a new record with Dale Murray. We are happy and healthy and recovering from months of touring steady, which can take all your energy and weaken your immune system. I’ll have more energy and drive to dream and scheme again soon.
If at the end of my music career I can look back on 50+ years of recording and releasing albums, touring in my country and around the world, and working with great team players that helped get the music and messages heard… I’ll feel fortunate.
I’m booking shows now for 2018 and beyond. I’ll keep working towards my goal of bringing the band show around the world, and I’m fortunate to continue touring with my guitarist and best friend Dale. If you have a venue or special event you are interested in having me perform as a duo or with a band, just send me an email Christina@christinamartin.net
On a bit of a side, a wonderful psychic healer I met in Brighton UK on this recent tour predicted that the United Kingdom would launch my career. She saw new markets like Japan and Australia on my horizon. Sounds good to me. Although, there was also talk of me becoming pregnant within nine months, and that it would be a boy.
OH, and I’ve finally come around to using Spotify. Find my ARTIST PAGE and check out my playlists and my music catalogue. Let me know if you’ve added my music to your playlist and I can share on my socials (Instagram, Twitter, FB).
Peace and love,