A B O U T
Since leaving Halifax as a folk/pop darling in 2010, Windsor ON-based songwriter Crissi Cochrane has found her soul, writing and living in the hot sun by the great American city of Detroit. Colours of Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse pair with Cochrane's ambitious musicianship in a journey through contemporary popular music, Canadian indie, and American jazz and blues.
Raised in rural Nova Scotia, Crissi entered the music scene as a young teen, performing original folk & pop inspired works and releasing her first recordings as a senior 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 in Dartmouth, and performed also in scrappy indie-rock assembly Gamma Gamma Rays. At 21, Crissi released her first studio album, Darling, Darling (Aug 2010), recorded at Soma EMS in Chicago with guest performer Mike Kinsella (of Owen, American Football) and supported by funding from the province of Nova Scotia. By summer's end, Cochrane made the move to Southern Ontario, where she wrote and released the upbeat indie/folk EP Pretty Alright (Nov 2011) to warm praise by the likes of Grant Lawrence and the CBC Radio 3 community. Independent all the while, Crissi has shared stages with Owen, Joel Plaskett, Sarah Harmer, Rich Aucoin, and Jesse Cook.
Today, Crissi lives and breathes in the shadow of Motown: the hot and hard city of Windsor. The acquisition of a turntable and the inheritance of a vintage vinyl collection sparked a creative revolution in the young writer. Her recent works echo the classic languages of jazz, blues, bossa, and soul, backed with solid rhythm & groove from the Soul Brothers, bassist Mike Hargreaves and drummer Stefan Cvetkovic (both of Motown/rock trio The Walkervilles). Crissi marries the heart of the East Coast with the soul of Detroit on her new album, LITTLE SWAY (officially released January 27, 2014), available worldwide now on iTunes and at CrissiCochrane.com.
"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)
"What initially brings you to Crissi's shows is her music of course, but what makes you return is the laid back, romantic atmosphere along with the subtle chit-chat and dancing. As enchanting as ever, Cochrane's Little Sway brings a modern folk fusion to the jazz golden years of Holiday and Fitzgerald."
- Rosina Riccardo (ChurcHouse Network)
"Our inner 90s teenager still has faith in Windsor's music scene because of the epicness known as The Tea Party... but now our faith in the Ontario city has officially been restored thanks to this sultry songstress."
- Rex Manning, RMD Music Blog
"Evoking the low-key tracks in Janelle Monae's catalogue with the heart of the best our East Coast scene has to offer (Matt Andersen comes to mind quickly, if only for the subtle playful tones beneath the lyrical lines), her latest disc Little Sway is a soulful ray of light in a wet, gloomy winter."
- DJ Amber Waves, Open 'Til Midnight Music Blog
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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