A B O U T
Canadian indie chanteuse Crissi Cochrane combines the heart of an East Coast singer-songwriter with the soul of Windsor/Detroit, living and writing in the hot sun by the homeland of Motown and industry. Native to the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Crissi performs a sultry and soulful brand of popular music, echoing jazz, bossa nova, Motown, and R&B. Silky vocals, reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Norah Jones, glow atop refined original songs as she performs across Canada with her heirloom electric guitar.
Raised in rural Nova Scotia, Crissi entered the music scene as a young teen, performing and releasing her first recordings in high school. At 18, a move to Halifax brought Crissi to the doorstep of the East Coast music industry, where she studied Music Business at NSCC Dartmouth, receiving the award for Highest Achievement. At 21, Crissi released her first studio album, Darling, Darling (2010), recorded at Soma EMS in Chicago, and supported by funding from the province of Nova Scotia. By summer's end, Cochrane made the move to southern Ontario, shortly thereafter releasing the Windsor-made EP, Pretty Alright (2011).
With the influence of Motown just a riverbank away, a musical maturation transpired in the young songwriter's recent works, which echo the classic languages of jazz, blues, bossa nova, and soul. Her 2014 album, Little Sway, showcases soulful sophistication, with cool-as-a-breeze horns and grooves from the Rose City Soul Brothers, bassist Mike Hargreaves and drummer Stefan Cvetkovic (both of Motown/rock trio The Walkervilles). The album was produced independently in Windsor, Ontario, and received funding support from the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Recordings, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Windsor Endowment for the Arts. Out of more than 4600 artists, Crissi was voted among the Top 10 Artists nationwide in the 2014 CBC Searchlight contest, representing the Windsor region in the hunt for Canada's Best New Artist. Over the years, Crissi has shared stages with a long list of internationally acclaimed artists, including Walk Off The Earth, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sarah Harmer, and Jesse Cook, and performed at prestigious festivals including Canadian Music Week, The Halifax Pop Explosion, The East Coast Music Awards, Carrousel By The River and The Shores of Erie International Wine Festival.
"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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