Christy Vanden- Musician
Born to travelling musician parents and growing up home schooled, Christy spent her life roaming from BC to Baja California and Mexico in a ramshackle VW van. It was through this wayward travelling that where she learned to play on her tiny orange classical guitar gifted to her by her mother Leslie. Starting at age 7, Christy was casually mentored by her father who inspired her to play the guitar. Christy’s mother and sister Amanda taught her to sing and harmonies came naturally through listening to her parent’s band rehearsals.
Through high school, Christy kept her music private, recorded GarageBand tracks non-stop for an entire year, and when she graduated, developed herself into a busy college student. Focusing on Liberal Studies and archaeology, she went to Greece on a study abroad trip and an excavation, and became a librarian assistant at North Island College Library. Christy met Brodie Dawson (2014 VIMA Vocalist of the Year) by chance at Long and McQuade in Courtenay where she later became a favorite guitar teacher.
While showcasing her in his band as guitarist for the summer of 2014 – they played Sunfest Country Music Festival’s main stage in Duncan, they played to an audience of 40 000 people in one weekend.
In 2015, Brodie and Christy recorded Brodie’s song “All This Time”, which was nominated in the 2015 Vancouver Island Music Awards for Roots/Blues Recording of the Year. Brodie and Christy began touring with Tracy Riley of Yellowknife, calling themselves “She Could Be Trouble”. Between 2015 and 2016, She could be trouble toured BC and Alberta, resulting in a live release CD titled “Nineteen Hours”, the album earning the name from the number of hours it took for them to record 13 tracks over 2 days.
She Could Be Trouble was nominated at the 2016 Vancouver Island Music Awards for Group of the Year, and they also were accepted into the first round of Juno Nominations for 2017.
After the mutual dissolution of the band, Christy moved to Vancouver with her partner and feels she is finding her place in music and hopes to continually improve her art and deepen her songwriting, which she finds time to undertake between teaching music and session work. Her solo album, drafted as “Unexpected Road”, will be released later in the year…stay tuned!
Want to know more? Check out her website at: https://cevanden.wixsite.com/cvmus