Intrigued by the new wave of ukulele players and converts? Imagine if Eddie Vedder, Amanda Palmer, LP, and Sheryl Crowe came together for a musical evening...
Australian ukulele player/singer/songwriter Chrissy serves up some serious prowess on the four stringed instrument dipped in upbeat vibes and drizzled with
commercial sensibilities. Her signature radio friendly riffs, rockin rhythms, and chordal bliss combined with witty lyricism, catchy melodies, and smooth vocals places her in a unique category.
‘I’m just a big stew of everything. I listened to my Mum’s Ella Fitzgerald albums and grew up influenced by her love of Golden Era musicals. I’m obsessed with the 80’s. I love rock, hip hop, jazz, pretty much everything. One day I’m listening to Rolling Stones, next day Kanye West, John Mayer, LP, and Billie Eilish. I think more in terms of songs than artists.’
Chrissy credits the ukulele as her instrument of musical rebirth, ‘I felt something really special that moment I picked it up and played. It’s a community instrument.’
Ditching her guitars, amps, and late night dive bar gigs, Chrissy joined the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective and played the prestigious Hamer Hall. Her attendance at the Melbourne Ukulele Festival was a major turning point in her life, ‘I met all these ukulele players touring the world and it sounded so freeing and enticing.’
Aside from her original tunes, Chrissy loves to take well known classics and give them new life - jazzy renditions of Madonna’s ‘Into the Groove’ and Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ both pay homage to musical influences and challenge audiences with radical interpretations.
After a successful grass roots 2018 USA tour, Chrissy returned to Australia to write the score to a feature film, pen new tracks for her debut album, and play to Aussie audiences. Her 2019 US tour promises to bring new flavor to her performances including live looping and beatboxing because variety is what Chrissy thrives on.