Happy Mother's Day!
May 9th, 2011
Hi folks! Well, A LOT has happened since I last updated my website. Oscar and I welcomed our first child in December of 2009, 17 months ago! Erik is such a sweet little guy, full of energy and patience as we speak both English (me) and Swedish (Oscar) to him. We've been so blessed to become parents and are amazed every day at how fast he's growing, changing and learning. I haven't been singing as much as before Erik's arrival until recently. Mainly, I've been enjoying being the guest vocalist for the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, singing with the vocal jazz group Third Coast Vocals, and doing a little here and a little there. I've just started to get my quartet/quintet up and running again, and I'm excited to be back in the swing of things! Please check out the list of performances to see what I'm up to. I'll try to go back and update all the ones I've neglected to post. Feels great to be a mom and still be able to share my passion for music with you. Hope you are doing what you love, too! Love, Christina
Award nomination for Flower!
July 13th, 2009
I just found out that my last CD "A Flower Truly Blue" has been nominated for an award for Best Vocal Jazz Album! Just Plain Folks has the world's largest indie music awards in history (they get thousands of submissions --almost 50,000 this year -- from all over the world), and this year the award ceremony will be held here in Nashville at the Wildhorse in late August. My category has 10 nominees total. Pretty neat!
I heart air conditioning
May 28th, 2009
Thank God for A/C. I mean really. How would I survive without it? Oscar has been in Sweden visiting family for a few weeks (yes, he's actually 100% Swedish), and I'm looking forward to his return on Sunday! He's bringing me some Swedish chocolate called "Plopp" -- coffee flavored! Next month I'll start teaching my French chanson class at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. My two favorite things in one place: French and music! I somehow managed to earn a Master's Degree in French Literature before I went to Berklee College of Music. We'll learn songs by Michel Legrand and many others. I can't wait! I'm working on the charts right now. Just finished the one for "La valse des lilas" ("Once Upon A Summertime). Got some gigs at Sambuca coming up in June and July, so I hope to see lots of friendly faces smiling back at me! Happy Summer! Christina
Love is in the air...
May 8th, 2009
May 2009 Love is in the air... Our good friends Neil and Emily got married in Atlanta last weekend, and Oscar and I had the pleasure of not only attending but also providing some of the music for the glorious event. I had the honor of singing Emily's favorite Patty Griffin song "Heavenly Day" as she came down the aisle. Accompanying me on guitar was the inimitable Greg Barnhill, singer/songwriter extraordinaire. I also sang the Father/Daughter dance, "Emily," which was so appropriate. I put on a showcase for my vocal students at Edgehill Studio Cafe in April, and it was so much fun. I got them performance experience in a great little venue with some of Nashville's best musicians to back them up. I think everyone had a ball and they're all hooked on performing now. Yay! I'm so proud. Getting ready for some great gigs this month at F.Scott's, The Rutledge, Sambuca... Please check my list of performances for all the details, and then come out to see me! Bisous, Christina
April 16th, 2009
I'm happy to announce that I'm being played on Pandora! For those of you who aren't familiar with Pandora, it's this really neat "radio station" on the internet that you can sign up for for free and completely personalize to fit your specific musical tastes. For example, let's say you like Judy Garland a lot. You create a Judy Garland station, and they start playing artists/songs that resemble Judy Garland very closely ALONG WITH some actual Judy Garland music. You can pause it or skip a song you don't like to go to the next one. You can say, "Hey, I really like this song. Please play more like this one." Or "Hated this one, so please never play it again." The only thing you can't do is replay a song you just heard. In other words, you can't play something on demand. The other day (I forget when I actually sent my CD in to them for consideration) I tried to create a Christina Watson station, and it worked! And they have me playing along with awesome jazz artists like Layla Hathaway, Patricia Barber, Diana Krall... they made me very happy indeed. Go create your Christina Watson station now! www.pandora.com
Spring is here...
March 23rd, 2009
Flowers are slowly poking through the grass, which is turning greener by the day! It's that time of year when we don't need heat anymore, and it's not hot enough to need AC. Spring is here! At this time last year, Oscar and I had just arrived in Europe for our CD Release tour through Sweden and Belgium. Has it already been a year? Three years ago at this time Oscar and I were closing on our house and were about to get married. Has it already been 3 years??? Speaking of the house, we need to do some landscaping in our backyard, and I'm taking suggestions. Can't believe we haven't done this yet, but oh well. Low maintenance is preferable! I'm excited to be singing with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra for the first time this next month. (See list of performances for details.) I also got a gig at Sambuca here in town in May, so hopefully they'll book me some more after that. Also in May are F.Scott's and The Rutledge... I'd love to get out and do some shows in other parts of the US, so if you have a venue that might like what I do, by all means let me know. I'll send them my press kit and try to book some things. Also, I have a new mailing list to keep folks updated on my performances and news, so if you haven't already, please sign up for my mailing list before you leave my site. And thanks for visiting!
December 4th, 2008
Another year is fast approaching, and it's a good time to talk about what's happening in my world during this last month of 2008. First I want to thank everyone who came to a show, took a lesson from me, played a show with me, bought a CD or gave me reason to keep going with my musical endeavors! Thanks to you all. Also, I'm directing a women's a cappella choir called "The Holiday Belles," and we're singing for charity -- this year we chose the Magdalene House (www.thistlefarms.org). Please go to their website and donate money to this wonderful cause. My husband Oscar (www.oscarutterstrom.com) is in a special horn section with My Morning Jacket, and after the success they had with them at the huge Bonnaroo festival a few months ago, they're headed to NYC to do the New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden. Hell yes, I'm going with him. As if you even had to ask. Maybe one day I'll get to sing on that stage... :) While I'm there I'll get to have lunch with my NYC-based radio promoter at Jazzzdog Promotions. She did a great job promoting my latest CD "A Flower Truly Blue" this year. Thanks Jane! My best to everyone! Christina
RadioIO.com loves Flower!
August 20th, 2008
Radio promotion has begun for the US. Here's one reaction: "Wow.. Jane the JazzDog sent me your new cd.. just heard it.. going to start multiple tracks in heavy play on www.radioio.com channels radioIO Real Jazz... and radioIO Vocal Jazz in heavy rotation. Fabulous.. You must know Pat Coil well.. I received his cd last week and we will be starting it full blast as well. Your voice and his touch on the keys are world class. I have been waiting for you in 2008. Let me predict these two albums to top our charts at radioIO.." your newest appreciative fan drmike Michael Matheny radioIO Real Jazz program director/radio host
Radio promotion & Victor Wooten
July 18th, 2008
Hi guys, Next month my national radio promotion starts with the awesome Jazzzdog company based in NYC. Check them out at jazzzdog.com! It's really exciting to know that more people are going to hear this latest project that I am so proud of. Am preparing for some great gigs coming up in the next few months. I've been reading (Nashville based) Victor Wooten's book "The Music Lesson," which I absolutely love. Oscar got it, read it and told me I'd like it, and he was right. It's about the spiritual connection to playing music, and so much more. I highly recommend it to anyone, but especially to musicians who feel disconnected when they play and worry about finding the "right notes." Finding one's groove is vastly more important. Relaxing into the moment of playing. The healing powers of tone! That chapter really got me. Oscar ran into Victor at the recent NAMM show and told him how much he liked the book and said that we need more that kind of thing. Victor told him to write the next one. Maybe we will. Hope to see you out and about! :) Christina
June 10th, 2008
My new album is available now on itunes! Let the downloading begin! :) Christina
Greetings from Sweden!
April 18th, 2008
Hi to you all -- hope you're having a great Spring. Oscar and I are touring Sweden right now, and we had a great time at our Swedish CD Release Party last night in Enkoping (about 1 hour from Stockholm). We sold lots of CDs and had a full house. We're touring with our Nordic Quintet, and you can see our blog of the tour at www.myspace.com/wunq. Speaking of CDs, my new one entitled "A Flower Truly Blue" is NOW AVAILABLE at www.cdbaby.com/cd/christinawatson2. I'll have it up on itunes later this year, but for now you can get your hard copy there. The US CD Release Party will be May 18th at the Nashville Jazz Workshop (www.nashvillejazz.org) from 3 to 5pm. We'll have a great time, so hope you can make it if you're in the neighborhood. Thanks very much for your support!
Nashville Jazz Workshop article
January 20th, 2008
Hi all! Please check out the great article The Tennessean did on the Nashville Jazz Workshop, where I have studied and am now teaching 2 vocal literature classes.
My album is going very well! Pat Coil came in the studio on Friday and added a B3 part that is really going to knock your socks off. The song is called "What Do Your VooDoo Do?" and was written by Green and myself. I also have some nice pics for the album now. It looks like I'm going to get this thing manufactured before we leave for Europe at the end of March, so you'll be able to get your copy at CD Baby or on itunes by then. Fingers crossed.
More later... Christina
December 23rd, 2007
Hope everyone is about to have the best Christmas yet! I just finished the vocals for my new album yesterday, and I'm really excited for you all to hear this project. Everyone at the studio has been so supportive and genuine in the praise they've given it.. that has to be a good sign! We have a few horn parts to put on (my hubby Oscar on trombone, Jeff Coffin of Bela Fleck on saxophone, and some very talented person on trumpet) in the next few weeks, and then we'll get to mixing and mastering and all that. So much work goes into this kind of thing, and it just takes time. But I'm so grateful for everyone's participation -- Pat Coil was just the ultimate on piano and arrangements, Craig Nelson's bass was beautiful, Bob Mater rocked the drums, Jeff Hall wrote some magically cool vocal parts and sang in 4-part harmony with me, and Paul Hart (my engineer at Sony) is amazing and funny and wonderful. And most of all, Green Daniel (my producer and co-writer) is one of the most creatively gifted people I've ever met, and he refuses to take less than spectacular when it really is easier to simply go with what works at the moment. I'm learning so much from him and this whole project! So you can see I'm truly proud of what is happening with this CD. That is a GREAT feeling! Now that this thing is almost wrapped up, my next goal is to get out there and GIG MORE! I'm happy to say I'm now in rotation at F.Scott's and am aiming for a good solid performance schedule for this year. I'll be in Europe for a month with Oscar and our Watson Utterstrom Nordic Quintet, and then I've been invited to do a few dates up in NYC this coming fall. Merry Christmas, and Happy 2008... think BIG everybody! Love, Christina
October 6th, 2007
A new CD is being recorded in the fall of 2007! Featured performers are Pat Coil on piano, Oscar Utterstrom on trombone, Craig Nelson on bass, and Bob Mater on drums. Green Daniel is producing the project and is co-writing songs with me. We plan to have at least 3 original songs included on the CD, two of which you can listen to right now! "Free" and "All I Need Now" are the co-writes, and "A Thousand Kisses Deep" and "All Of You" are also going to appear on the as-of-yet-untitled album. Other covers will include "We Can Work It Out" (Beatles) and Paul Brady's "World Is What You Make It." Oscar and I are performed this past June in Sweden with our Nordic Quintet, including some great Swedes we met in the summer of 2006. You can check us out at www.myspace.com/wunq. WUNQ stands for Watson Utterstrom Nordic Quintet! We hope to do another European tour with this group in the Spring of 2008. Oscar and I also performed in China with the MTSU Wind Ensemble in July. I finally got a chance to dust off my classical pipes and sang some Puccini (Musetta's Waltz from La Bohème) as well as some good ole blues (Everyday I Have the Blues). We climbed on the Great Wall of China! We can check that off our list now. :) Thanks for visiting the site and for your support! Christina
Back to the studio
March 18th, 2007
I'm going back to Sony Studios this week to do some remixing on the five songs I recorded with the Pat Coil Trio earlier this month. They sound great, but Green (my producer/co-writer) is very thankfully a perfectionist with monster ears and wants them to be the very best they can be before we release them upon the world!
February 15th, 2007
First, I'd like to announce that Oscar and I are both LOVING teaching and are filling up our free spaces quickly, so if you or someone you know would like to study music (voice, piano or trombone) in a very supportive environment and at a reasonable rate, please let us know! Our cozy little home music studio is turning out to be a great blessing to us, but we are also going to students' homes for lessons. I'm also teaching a class of vocal literature at the Nashville Jazz Workshop and an ESL (English as a Second Language) class at the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute. French tutoring is always available as well! Secondly, my new website is in the works, so look for a message from me in the near future about that. There will be lots of news and information about my performances as well as about all the teaching I'm doing, links to fun people and places, new photos and clips of NEW MUSIC! Next, I'd like to update you on my recording plans. I'm going into the studio early next month to record an EP with the amazing Pat Coil trio. The songs (arranged by Pat) will include two originals (I've been enjoying weekly writing sessions with my producer/co-writer Green Daniel), a Cole Porter song, and two surprise covers. I can't wait to have these tracks available for people to hear, because if what Green and I hear in our heads is any indication of what the final product will sound like... MAN! I'm really excited about this! I'm also singing with various party bands that do corporate events, private parties and shows for the general public. I finally have a legitimate excuse to sing Aretha Franklin songs! My vocal jazz group, 3rd Coast Vocals (you can listen to us at our myspace page), directed by vocalist / arranger Jeff Hall, is also a lot of fun. I'll be updating info about my performances with these folks on my new website.
Vocal Ensemble Going to IAJE in New York
October 12th, 2005
The Nashville Jazz Workshop's Vocal Jazz Ensemble has been selected to perform at the International Association for Jazz Education's annual conference in New York City in January 2006! The members of the ensemble, which is led by director / arranger Jeff Hall are as follows: Christina Watson (soprano), Laina Stanford (alto), Kristine Mylls (alto), Jonathan Kasper (tenor), Sean Horenstein (baritone), Luther Ludwig (bass). We're all looking forward to it!
A Great Summer
September 5th, 2005
What a great summer! I can't believe it's already fading into fall, but I do prefer autumn to summer anyway. I was lucky enough to go to some fascinating places this July and August, including a trip with Oscar to his homeland of Sweden, where we stayed with his family and performed a bit. We also got to go to the Stockholm Jazz Festival and heard some wonderful jazz musicians play. The best news in July was that my album "All About Love" got a great review in Sweden's biggest (and the world's oldest) jazz magazine Orkester Journalen (Om Jazz). They even put my picture in with the article, which was technically a review of four different vocalists' CDs, including mine. I was ecstatic to know that the reviewer thought that my original song "Half Moon" was one of the best on the album!
June 15th, 2005
Oscar and I attented the International Trombone Festival in New Orleans from May 25th until the 28th, and not only was the music incredible, the city was an experience in and of itself! There is such a history in that place, and much of it has to do with jazz, so I was very pleased to be there. On our way back to Nashville, we drove through Memphis and visited a thriving Graceland. Elvis continues to be a legend. God bless him!
Upcoming shows, YouTube clip
Hi folks! The child is asleep, and I need to be sleeping too, but I wanted to update this a bit and announce my next big gig at the Nashville Jazz Workshop on August 12th. Please see my list of performances for details. It's gonna be soooooo much fun and a little different from all the jazz stuff I normally do. Green, my producer, is finally getting through to me the idea that I need not swing to be who I really am musically. He has some great ideas of songs I need to be singing, and a lot of these pieces I'll be performing are on that list. Sting, Joni Mitchell, etc. Even the non-jazzers out there will dig this show. And they're video recording these concerts at the NJW now, so I'll have a great record of the evening, and I hope you'll come support me with your good energy! Among my latest favorite standards to sing is Gershwin's "How Long Has This Been Going On." Here is a clip of a very impromptu performance of this song, sung by yours truly and accompanied on keys by the fantabulous Joe Davidian. Thanks to Dorian Woodruff for asking me to sit in with Joe at Dorian's gig! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hrOwVtOTWM Thanks again for your love and support! XOXO Christina