Bio, print-quality photos, press quotes, and more about Windsor, Ontario's pop/soul singer-songwriter, Crissi Cochrane.
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.
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 reveal more than a decade's worth of experience first gained as a young girl growing up in small town Canada, diligently writing, recording, and performing. For a few years, Crissi settled in the nearby city of Halifax, studying Music Business and becoming known for her melodic folk/pop style. Her debut studio album Darling, Darling emerged in the summer of 2010, recorded in Chicago with musician Mike Kinsella (of Owen, American Football, Joan of Arc), but not before a trip to Canada's southernmost city set the wheels of change into motion. Crissi fell in love with Windsor, Ontario and neighboring Detroit 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 inspired a change of direction, with her songwriting echoing jazz, blues, bossa nova, and soul. Her latest FACTOR-funded 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 nationwide in CBC's 2014 Searchlight contest, her song “Pretty Words” has gone viral on Spotify with more than 11 million listens, and her song "A Damn Shame" was placed in the ABC television show Nashville. Her music has been heard across Canada on CBC Radio 1, 2, and 3, and has charted on campus/community radio. Today she is the wife of songwriter/bassist Michael Paul (Soul Brother Mike, The Walkervilles, Michou), and has been seen sharing stages with Walk Off The Earth, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sarah Harmer, and Jesse Cook. She is presently at work on a new album, to be released in 2018.
"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)
awards & credits
Crissi's song "Pretty Words" (from the album Little Sway, 2014) has gone viral on Spotify, receiving more than 11 million listens.
Crissi’s song “A Damn Shame” (from the album Little Sway, 2014) was used in ABC’s hit TV show Nashville in 2015.
Delivered a TEDx talk at Chatham-Kent in October 2017 entitled "Love Songs For Hire".
Received national publicity on CBC TV on Valentine's Day 2016 with her “Song for your Sweetheart” campaign, writing and recording 12 original personalized love songs in 11 days. The CBC web article broke the all-time record for most hits on a Sunday news story ever, with more than 16,000 page views.
Named among the Top 10 artists nationwide in the CBC Searchlight contest 2014, the hunt for Canada's best new artist.
Performed at festivals including Canadian Music Week (2014), Shores of Erie International Wine Festival (2014 & 2011), Tall Ships Festival in Windsor (2014), Ottawa Fringe Festival (2014) and the Halifax Pop Explosion (2011 & 2009 & 2007), and has opened for artists including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Walk Off The Earth, Sarah Harmer, Jeremy Fisher, Jesse Cook, and Owen.
Crissi’s songs receive airplay on CBC Radio 1, 2 & 3, and have charted at campus radio across the country, reaching #1 at CJAM 99.1fm Windsor for all albums, and #1 at SCOP Toronto in 2014, remaining in the charts there for 12 consecutive weeks.
Organized sold-out charity music events in Windsor, including a Billie Holiday 100th Anniversary Concert in 2015 for the
Welcome Centre Shelter for Women, and a Christmas Social in 2014 for the Downtown Mission.
Crissi is a proud recipient of grant funding from FACTOR, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Windsor, the Windsor Endowment for the Arts, the Canadian Independent Recording Artists Association, and the Province of Nova Scotia.