Fresh and different. Passionate and haunting. Alternative world-beat
folk pop. A singer/songwriter with a soaring crystalline voice. These
are words that have been used to describe Canadian-born artist Christa
Haberstock and Child of God Music.
A Little More, Christa's third release since 1997, has been called a
"fantastic eclectic blend of instrumentation, combined with beautiful
vocals and very strongly written songs". CCM magazine portrays A Little
More as "a refreshing musical adventure".
Christa's latest recordings promise an adventure all their own Under
the influence of U2, Linkin Park and Evanescence, Christa's signature
world beat sound has found good company with more aggressive rhythms
and distortion guitars, providing a lush and complex soundscape for
her lush and complex lyrics.
Christa was originally introduced to international rhythms and sounds
through the artists she listened to - synthesists like Peter Gabriel,
Paul Simon, Sting, and Enya. When she began recording, those influences
started showing up in the exotic instrumentation and polyrhythms that
she wrapped around her singing.
In 1995, the death of her father, a popular Canadian television personality,
became the catalyst for starting her music career. "'Carpe Diem' suddenly
became very real," she said. "I was reminded that nobody is guaranteed
a 'tomorrow', but I did have a 'today', so that's where I started."
Drawing from the well of her post-graduate studies in music, her interest
in other cultures, and years of directing children's choirs, college
students, and black gospel choir at her home church in Edmonton, Alberta,
Child of God Music was born.
Since the release of her first album Child of God, Christa has performed
across western and maritime Canada, in and around Texas, parts of the
US, and in Liberia, West Africa. Christa was invited to open for Burlap
to Cashmere at Six Flags over Texas, and has shared the stage with Steve
Delopoulos, and with Dove Award winning Nichole Nordeman. Today she
can be heard on Christian radio across Canada, into the U.S., Puerto
Rico, Spain, and in West Africa.
In 2000, Christa was nominated for Best Religious/Gospel/Christian
Artist by the Alberta Recording Industry Association. In 2001, "Living
In Colour" won a coveted spot as a Contest Finalist in the UNISONG International
Song Contest. That same year, "Masterpiece", a song yet to be officially
released, was voted Best Song by the National Association of Christian
Artists and Songwriters, and was nominated for "Pop Recorded Song of
the Year" by the Canadian Gospel Music Association.
Christa Haberstock continues to win the hearts of listeners
with her well-crafted songs, unique production, and telling lyrics.
With her child-like love for Jesus and devotion to the creation of her
music, Christa's heart continues to be reflected in her life on, and
off, the stage.
Build the Church #64
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