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Free to Be

Christy Snow

Acoustic rock with distinct blues and folk influences. This album is an upbeat, fun journey of freedom. The freedom to love, to marry, to live, to be spiritual without dogma, to be sexy and in all ways authentic. All life should be lived free!

Christy Snow is an international singer/songwriter based in Charlotte, NC. She has been voted one of Charlotte's best female vocalists by Creative Loafing magazine and is also considered one of the area’s best performers. Delivering percussive acoustic guitar, rich and seductive vocals, life affirming lyrics and a captivating stage presence, Christy sings about life, love and the freedom to be your authentic self.

A professional entertainer since 1989, she has 13 independently released CDs to her credit and her music receives airplay across the globe. Christy latest CD, Free To Be, is an empowering journey of freedom; free to love, free to marry, free to experience spirituality without dogma and sexuality without shame.

Fun, dynamic, engaging, provocative and sensual, that is Christy Snow.

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Change Is Good

Christy Snow

Subtly spiritual acoustic folk music. "A beautiful 14-song CD full of tunes about embracing change, living life on your own terms and in tune with a higher consciousness." Indie-Music.com

This is a rich and eclectic CD with the acoustic folk sound that Snow fans have grown to love and it also includes a little blues, a little rock and a lot of incredibly positive, fun and even spiritual songs. There's passion, there's humor and a common thread of a positive message that we are always at choice as to how we view and make a difference in our world. The diversity as well as the positive slant of Christy's music could be part of what led the Lee County Courier in Tupelo, MS to describe Christy as "A southern Ani DiFranco (who is) more prone to turn a positive message (and whose) voice has more range and is more powerful."

"Change Is Good" delivers the same poignant lyrics that have caused reviewers to make comments like these from the El Paso Scene in El Paso, TX. "Lyrics that challenge you to think, encourage you to feel and open you up to laugh, love and enjoy life." "This North Carolina singer-songwriter is one you could listen to all day...rich, comfortable yet forceful vocals, fluid and sometimes percussive acoustic guitar...Christy could change the world with her songs" says Indie-Music.com. Don't miss what the Charlotte Observer calls an "unforgettable performance!"

REVIEW BY ~ Les Reynolds ~ www.indie-music.com

Quote: "There's a richness in these tunes that is real and wonderful".

Coming from Christy Snow, the saying "Change is Good" really IS good. She's released a beautiful 14-song CD full of tunes about embracing change, living life on your own terms and in tune with a higher consciousness. Heard all that stuff before? Sure, there are people in the world (artists among them) whose facade speaks of spiritual enlightenment and peaceful existence in the world while their real inner selves speaks of anything but those things. Well, Christy's the Real Deal. You don't even have to know her at all to get the sense that her songs are from her own life and she's living them in the here and now. And, while her trademark folksy, warm fluid voice and songwriting anchor this CD, the North Carolina musician has changed a bit -- and it's really good.

For instance: there's a new level of production quality on this one. Multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser's technical expertise and musical knowledge helped create a clear, clean and entertaining sound. Renee Leboa, an outstanding vocalist on her own, lent some gorgeous support on a few tunes that turned them into sparkling gems. And, Christy's own acoustic guitar playing seemed more interesting this time with little nuances and more emotion. (She sometimes runs her thumb down the low E string...oooh, shiverrrrrr!) One more instrumental note (uh, pun not intended but left here anyway): percussion is also quite prominent -- tastefully and artfully done by Jordan Marshall and Renee. Lyrics are just what you'd expect from Christy, but that's not to say it ever becomes boring. Predictability seems to actually work in her favor -- it's really wonderful to hear someone actually able to explain what it's like to grow spiritually, realize something big and cosmic -- and in everyday language. (from the title track): "maybe this illusion of discontent is what keeps us forever pushing on grateful but seeking never growing complacent with life's song there is always change ...and change is good..." "It's Time" comes from Christy's own life-changing decision to make a huge leap of faith: "she said tell me what it is you're waiting for who holds the key to your freedom's door what is it you mean you need more time don't you think it's time to be what you seek now time to love who you are, time to want what you have loving life right where you are it's time... so pay attention to what your intention is be aware of where your thought lives speak your word and know the power you have we all cause what we lack or have, yeah we help create what we lack or have, it's time, don't you think it's your time."

But it's not all personal growth and empowerment...there's some fun in there, too. A toe-tapping folk/country-blues number called "Love is Love" certainly speaks volumes with its lyrics, but it's a fun song to listen to (and Renee's harmony vocal will give you goosebumps!) "well if you're forbidden fruit, i can sympathize with eve and if you're against the rules baby, now i will surely grieve but you're too holy to be evil and too good to be bad i tell ya now darling you're the best i ever had young or old, black or white, it's not wrong or right when it's love, young or old, boy or girl it's all the same for the world so don't tell me what to feel..."

Another fantastic tune is "Gourmet Coffee Blues" with Chris's slide guitar weaving in and out of a travel song about cravings: "i was driving one day up around mid illinois when i saw a sign off the interstate said "gourmet coffee come enjoy" so i hit the exit hard and fast and followed a .2 mile sign... finally found casey's coffee shop and much to my surprise case's was actually a circle K in disguise..." These songs will make you smile, cry, think and sometimes just be. There's a richness in these tunes that is real and wonderful. Christy's gift to us seems very well summed up in one of her choices of quotes in the liner notes: "You are not here to please other people or to live your lives their way. You can only live it your own way and walk your own path." (Louise Hay)

Christy's latest CD, Change Is Good, is a fresh look at life that reminds me of vintage folk music from the late 60's and early 70's. Christy searches out the rainbow in songs such as "Change is Good" and "Safe".  ~Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

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Awake & Alive

Christy Snow

Acoustic guitar, a voice like kd lang and Tracey Chapman, moody harmonica along with storytelling and humor...that's Christy's first live recording.

Christy is a North Carolina native whose talents are now being enjoyed all over the world, due in part to her coast-to-coast touring, the national and international airplay, and the worldwide distribution of her music. She has produced and independently released five CDs with the latest being an April 2003 release, "Change Is Good". Her CDs have received praise for her lyrics that encourage you to think and feel and open you up to laugh, love, and enjoy life. In the words of Les Reynolds of Indie-Music.com, "This North Carolina singer-songwriter is one you could listen to all day...rich, comfortable yet forceful vocals, fluid and sometimes percussive acoustic guitar...Christy could change the world with her songs."

Once Christy graduated with her degree in Marketing in 1991, she began pursuing a full time career recording and performing her music. In 1996 she decided to take a break from music and took a job as a Marketing Specialist. She enjoyed the challenges and promotions she received during the next three years but could not overcome the desire to follow her heart and her music and therefore slowly began performing and recording again. In July of 1999, shortly after the release of her second CD "Solid Ground", she left Corporate America and began pursuing her music career full time with a new sense of direction and purpose. In 2000 she released her first live CD "Awake & Alive", which gives the listener a peak into Christy's captivating live shows. Then in 2001 she released her first instrumental CD of all Native Flute music. Her fifth CD "Change Is Good" is filled with intorspective, positive and life affirming insights and is her richest work yet.

Christy Began adding New Thought Churches to her tours in 1999 as her positive outlook on life and beliefs in equality, worth and love began to shine through in her music. Her music has been described as both playful and spiritual. She includes in her shows all types of songs from passionate musings such as "Sugar Cane Candy" to songs like "Stand In Love" about the belief in unity and the healing power of love. Christy has a very diverse folk style of music, as she accompanies herself with acoustic guitar but also moody harmonica rifts and the Native Flute.

Her current beliefs are a mixture she often refers to as New Thought-Pagan-Native American-Buddhist, which probably has something to do with why her music is sort of Spiritual-Folk-Pop-Rock-Americana. You can just call it "Good" for short.

"Awake & Alive...I simply love it...this one is just priceless!!" ~ Les Reynolds/Indie-Music.com

"Snow's powerful lyrics presented with vibrant energy make for an unforgettable performance." ~ The Charlotte Observer

"Snow's influences range from blues, to rock to folk, but she integrates those styles into a distinctive voice that's all her own." ~Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

"Whether drawing from her own experiences or seeing through the eyes of a stranger, her songs ring with international appeal." ~ Daily Times-Call - Longmont, CO

"Snow's latest disc, 'Awake & Alive,' amazingly, was recorded in one night at a coffeehouse in Charlotte. Her music is straightforward and straight from the heart. (Her) folk songs range from musings about love and lust, to breaking societal molds... being positive even though things can get difficult." ~ Colorado Daily - Boulder, CO

"Snow's direct style and energized lyrics in her latest disc 'Awake & Alive' further her message - that life is an ongoing adventure to be embraced." ~ Deborah Dunn/The Charlotte Observer - Charlotte, NC

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Solid Ground

Christy Snow

Christy explores; love, heartbreak, self-love and healing in this contemplative CD that is both insightful and upbeat acoustic.

About Solid Ground: "Her music comes across as a sum of the influences she has internalized... beautifully sung and played, 'Solid Ground' delivers the missing link between thought and expression while bridging the distance between artist and audience." ~ Rapid River Eclectic/Asheville, NC

"Christy's thought provoking lyrics and soulful guitar are brought to life by her energy and passion, in this CD of eclectic folk tunes..." (Solid Ground) ~ Oasis Duplication/Flint Hill, VA

"She's good, really good. And she does all this through a voice combining the qualities of KD Lang and Natalie Merchant (yes, that's right, and it works!) This North Carolina singer-songwriter is one you could listen to all day. Instrumentally, Christy's second CD... is solid and acoustic driven. Lyrically, it's excellent." ~ Les Reynolds/Indie-Music.com

"Christy, Thanks for sending us your CD 'Solid Ground'. It's solid all right! Your songs are well written, and I enjoy a strong voice, such as yours. Your CD will undoubtedly get a bunch of spins on several different shows on KEOS. KEOS is the primary source of acoustic, Americana, blues, bluegrass, folk, singer-songwriter and roots music of all kinds here in Aggieland (the home of Texas A&M University, and the cities of College Station and Bryan, TX). Thanks so much and good luck.... John"

John Roths Music Director KEOS 89.1 FM College Station, TX

"HI Christy, Thanks for sending me Solid Ground...I like your sound...I look forward to using it on my show. I sure like how track 6 starts out, pretty nice. Good luck with your music and all things on solid ground and higher."

Rik James "Americana Backroads" (KGLT-FM, Sat. 12pm - 3pm) Bozeman, MT

"Dear Christy, Thanks so much for promo CD "Solid Ground". Cuts 1, 3 and 7 are on my playlist, later I will add more songs. My show is among the strongest in Europe. It is on internet, satellite and very strong FM Stereo. I like your music very much. Kind regards & Please keep me posted on future projects. Jane Weber, European Broadcasting Union"

THE JANE WEBER SHOW P.O. BOX 3822 1001 LJUBLJANA SLOVENIA, EUROPE

"Hi Christy, Thanks for sending me your wonderful music ;-) I picked the following cuts for air-play: #3, #5, #6, #7, #8, #11, #13, #15,#16 and #17 (from 'Solid Ground') Keep up the great work---Laney Check out the show--it's on WUGA in Athens, Ga You can see all of the affiliates (72 national markets ;-) at the site...www.womenonair.com--enjoy. Take Care, Laney"

http://www.womenonair.com WomenOnAir@aol.com

"Dear Christy, Many thanks for your CD ('Solid Ground'), beautiful songs, deep voice, and good stuff for my show. Keep in touch. All the best Jacques"

Jacques Spiry jspiry@club-internet.fr RCF Network France

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Sufi Zikr

Christy Snow

One hour of the spiritual practice of Sufi Zikr, the rhythmic repetition of the names of God in the Muslim/Sufi tradition. This CD can be used to learn chanting, to begin meditation or to enhance your meditation practice.

Christy Snow is a singer/songwriter, Native American flautist, Meditation teacher and Minister. She has studied with Sufi Shaikhs Kabir and Camille Helminski, founders of the Threshold Society and representatives of the Mevlevi Order in North America (short for Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi or Rumi, the 13th century Muslim saint and mystic). Since meeting the Helminski’s in 2006, Christy has traveled with them to Turkey to practice Zikr with various orders of Sufis. She shares the spiritual practice of Zikr because of the profound impact it has had on her life to bring about more peace, calmness and connection to the Divine.

Christy is an ordained Science of Mind minister, a faith and philosophy that embraces all people and all paths. She has also studied many interfaith traditions and the spiritual practices of many different religions since 2005.

Christy began performing professionally in 1989. Self taught on guitar and Native American Flute, Christy's style is unique and a true extension of her soul. Voted one of Charlotte's best female vocalists by Creative Loafing Magazine, her live shows carry her listeners away. Delivering percussive acoustic guitar, rich vocals, life affirming lyrics and a captivating stage presence, Christy sings about life, love and our connection to one another. She weaves in the enchanting and hypnotic Native American Flute as well as her gift of humorous storytelling.

She has performed across the country, as well as in Canada, Mexico and Turkey and has listeners across the globe due to the world wide distribution and airplay of her music. From churches to bars, women's festivals to folk festivals, Christy shares her journey of authenticity through music and stories. Her 13 CD Discography includes; five acoustic singer/songwriter CDs, two spiritual chant CDs, five meditative Native American Flute CDs and one guided meditation CD.

A powerful speaker, Christy is invited to speak on a variety of topics and in many different venues. Her message is inspiring, life affirming and promotes a world that honors all beings.

SPIRITUAL CENTERS An ordained minister of the Science of Mind teaching, Rev. Christy was co-pastor of the Spiritual Living Center of Charlotte for 10 years and has been the guest speaker for Spiritual Centers, conferences and events across the United States and in Canada since 2002.

INTERFAITH Christy worked for seven years with Mecklenburg Ministries, an interfaith organization in Charlotte that brings together nearly 100 houses of faith. She has served on the board, various committees and as the chair of Charlotte's annual city wide Interfaith Thanksgiving service for four years. She was honored as one of the keynote speakers for the event in 2014.

HUMAN RIGHTS She has worked in the arena of human rights with and in support of such organizations as the Human Rights Campaign, Equality NC and Campaign for Southern Equality to bring equal rights to the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. She has delivered keynote addresses and headline performances for Pride festivals across the country since 1995.

VEGANISM Christy is committed to living her life without causing harm to any sentient being. She became a vegan strictly for health reasons and completely reversed Type II Diabetes in three months; however, she remained an advocate for a plant based lifestyle because of her love for animals. She enjoys coaching others to learn how to live in harmony with all of life.

Listen to music and learn more about classes, coaching and events at www.ChristySnow.com

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