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Christine DeLeon: BIO & VENUES

BIO

“ … an astounding vocalist, a skillful songwriter and a consummate musical communicator.”
(Mark Schaffer, Folk Project Acoustic Getaway"

“Say the word ‘pure’ and two things come to mind: a beer commercial from a Rocky Mountain stream and the voice of singer Judy Collins. Time to add Christine DeLeon to that list.” (Kevin Coughlin, MorristownGreen.com

“ … lovely melodious voice only made one wish for more time with her.”
- Daniel Jacovino, The Independent Press of Bloomfield

Often compared to the likes of Judy Collins and Joan Baez, it is clear why Christine DeLeon was chosen as a finalist in the 2015 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition, a winner in the 2014 Recording Artists Development Singing Contest, a three category nominee in the 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Awards and a winner in the 2008 New Jersey Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.

Christine crafts songs that stir the heart and its memories. From a young girl playing in Grandmother’s jewelry box to the perplexing tragedy of September 11, her 2007 debut CD, January Hiding, was described by Ron Olesko of WFDU Radio as “a great, great CD … like a good book you just want to cuddle up with.” Her 2012 CD titled “More” continued to offer what Christine does very well … clever songwriting, catchy melodies and toe-tapping arrangements built around a voice which Scott Sheldon of Sing Out! Magazine describes as "reminiscent of that of a young Judy Collins: Powerful, crystalline and assured." “It’s a delightful collection of catchy original tunes that showcase her crystal-clear vocals and nimble lyrical skills” proclaimed Kevin Coughlin of Morristowngreen.com upon its release.

Described as a “wonderful entertainer” by Daniel Jacovino of The Independent Press of Blooomfield, Christine’s extensive performance experience includes First Night Morris County (Morristown, NJ), Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield, MA), Borderline Folk Music Club (New City, NY), Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club (Fair Lawn, NJ), Sanctuary Concerts (Chatham, NJ) and Minstrel Concerts (Morristown, NJ).

With her engaging as well as educational signature presentation “Song and Dance of The Roaring Twenties,” Christine has captivated audiences at a long list of NJ public libraries including, Chester, Middlesex, Bloomfield, North Haledon, Hackettstown, Rockaway, Chatham and Florham Park.

Performances and workshops at NJ Uke Fest (Whippany, NJ), Knowlton Riverfest (Delaware, NJ), the NJ Folk Festival (New Brunswick, NJ), Festival in the Borough (Washington, NJ), Madison Holiday Arts Festival (Madison, NJ), the Vasa Park Taste of NJ Festival (Hackettstown, NJ) and the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway (Stony Point, NY) have delighted music festival audiences of all ages.

With skillful songwriting, impressive vocals and an unwavering connection with audiences of many musical tastes, Christine DeLeon has all the tools to get any performance job done exceptionally well.

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

Full List of Venues and Media

CONCERT SERIES APPEARANCES
Schoolhouse Songwriter Series (Metuchen)
6 On The Square (Oxford, NY)
Fanwood Performance Series (Fanwood, NJ)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield, MA)
Ethical Brew Coffeehouse (Teaneck, NJ)
Borderline Folk Music Club (New City, NY)
Minstrel Coffeehouse (Morristown, NJ)
Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club (Fair Lawn, NJ)
First Night Morris County (Morristown, NJ)
Sanctuary Concerts (Chatham, NJ)
Club Zed (West Orange, NJ)
Riverside Rhythm and Rhyme (Hackettstown, NJ)
Crossroads Coffehouse (Flanders, NJ)
Acoustic Café (Park Ridge, NJ)
Café Z (Rahway, NJ)
Sacred Bean Coffeehouse (Flanders, NJ)
Hillside Café (Nutley, NJ)
Mountainside NJ Library
Jefferson Township NJ Public Library
Rahway NJ Public Library
High Bridge UMC Sunday Afternoon Concerts (High Bridge, NJ)
The Place (Livingston, NJ)
Carmel Retreat Center (Mahwah, NJ)
Club Hatikvah Coffeehouse (Flanders, NJ)
Music Off Main (Hackettstown, NJ)
Red Lion Cafe (New Brunswick, NJ)

RADIO/TELEVISION
WMSC ("Radio Nowhere")
WNTI ("One More Cup of Coffee")
WFDU ("Traditions")
WPRB ("Nocturnal Transmissions")
WRNJ ("Afternoon Drive Home")
Folk Project Cable TV ("Horses Sing None Of It")

FESTIVALS
Uke NJ 3 Ukulele Festival
Vasa Park Taste of Jersey (Budd Lake, NJ)
NJ Folk Festival (New Brunswick, NJ)
Folk Project Festival (Bloomingdale, NJ)
Groove In The Grove (Budd Lake, NJ)
Morristown Green Film Festival (Morristown, NJ)
Warren County Arts Festival (Washington, NJ)
Earth Day Festival (Morristown, NJ)
Knowlton Riverfest (Delaware, NJ)
Festival in the Borough (Washington, NJ)
Sounds Around Town (Bernardsville, NJ)
Madison Holiday Arts Festival (Madison, NJ)

RESTAURANTS/COFFEE BARS
Inn At Millrace Pond (Hope, NJ)
Lockwood Tavern (Byram, NJ)
Old Prague Tavern (Astoria, NY)
Dragonfly Cafe (Somerville, NJ)
Hunter's Lodge (Columbia, NJ)
Field of Creams Café (Mahwah, NJ)
Brewed Awakening (Metuchen, NJ)
Fine Grind Coffeebar (Little Falls, NJ)
Harmony Tea Room (Westwood, NJ)
Greenberry's Coffee & Tea (Morristown, NJ)
Amazing Grapes (Pompton Lakes, NJ)
Bula World Cuisine (Newton, NJ)
Dolce Café (Ridgewood, NJ)
Rivara’s (Fair Lawn, NJ)
Morris Plains Farmer's Market (Morris Plains, NJ)

EVENTS AND PRIVATE VENUES
Vasa Park (Budd Lake, NJ)
AJ Meerwald (NJ official tall ship)
Swim and Sport Club (Flanders, NJ)
VOAD Hurricane Relief Benefit (Wayne, NJ)
United Methodist Church at Newfoundland (NJ)
Greystone Hospital (Morris Plains, NJ)
Oakland Care Nursing Home (Oakland, NJ)
JCC Annual Luncheon (Whippany, NJ)
Peaceworks Holiday Dinner (Chatham, NJ)

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS
Singing In Rounds
DADGAD Guitar Playing
Guitar Strumming Dynamics
Getting the Most Out of Studio Time
Songwriting
Private Vocal coaching