Canadian indie chanteuse Crissi Cochrane combines the heart of an East Coast singer-songwriter with the soul of Windsor/Detroit, living and writing just a stone's throw away from the birthplace of Motown since 2010. Native to the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Crissi fashions a sultry and soulful brand of popular music, jazz, and R&B. Silky vocals, reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Norah Jones, glow atop the purr of her Fender Jaguar electric guitar.
On stage, refined songs belie the depth of her experience, first gained as a young girl growing up in small town Canada. Studiously writing, recording, and performing by her teens, Crissi sent herself to nearby Halifax to live and study Music Business. Her debut studio album Darling, Darling emerged in 2010, recorded in Chicago with Mike Kinsella (Owen, American Football, Joan of Arc). As Crissi became known for the album's melodic folk/pop style, a trip to Canada's southernmost city set the wheels of change into motion; Crissi fell in love with Windsor, Ontario and neighboring Detroit in early 2010 and moved there by summer's end.
With the influence of Motown only a riverbank away, a musical maturation began. Detroit's radio, record stores, and clubs offered a cup from which she drank deeply, inspiring new songs with echoes of jazz, bossa nova, and soul. Her latest album Little Sway (2014) reveals a soulful sophistication, hailed by CBC personality Grant Lawrence as "a confident bridge towards sultry soul and classic, smoky jazz." Listeners voted Crissi among the Top 10 Best New Artists in Canada in CBC's 2014 Searchlight contest, from a list of more than 4600 acts. She has been seen sharing stages with Walk Off The Earth, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sarah Harmer, and Jesse Cook, also appearing at festivals Canadian Music Week, Halifax Pop Explosion, and the East Coast Music Awards. Whether solo or with a backing band that includes husband Mike Hargreaves (The Walkervilles), Crissi glows on top of it all, with delightful songwriting and impassioned performances.
"The hooks come big and strong, and Cochrane glows on top of it all. Punchy drums and cool-as-a-breeze horns take us back to three-minute pop glory. Motown is definitely in the air. At the core is delightful songwriting, with an appreciation of melodic love songs and sophisticated lyrics."
- Bob Mersereau, CBC East Coast Music
"Cochrane's most recent album showcases a confident bridge towards sultry soul and classic, smoky jazz, the influence of Motown being just a riverbank away from Windsor. For fans of Ella Fitzgerald, Coeur de Pirate or Sarah Harmer."
- Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio 3
"She could sing me the phone book and I'd listen."
- Mike Kinsella (Owen, American Football)
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Broadcasters. We acknowledge the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
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