Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz / Bio
CHRISTINE HAVRILLA & GYPSY FUZZ
Portland based Christine Havrilla embarked on an ambitious new journey with her Gypsy Fuzz project in late 2011. Havrilla, a Philadelphia native, who has six studio albums, three EPs, and over a decade of touring under her belt, continues to venture out under “Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz”, showcasing ALL of her music with new twists. “Searching. Finding. Living.”, the darker & electric guitar-based debut release from Gypsy Fuzz, produced by Larry Crane (Cat Power, Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith) and Christine, pulls in musicians from Christine’s current world of fellow friends/artists and is described as "a blend of 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s rock delivered by the modern singer/songwriter."
Mark Rogers at 93.7 WSTW raves, “With Gypsy Fuzz (the album and the band), Christine takes especially that rock element and turns it to 11. Gypsy Fuzz fuses fantastic guitar work with Christine’s vocals, which can reach down inside and grab your heart. A very diverse album, showing elements of rock, blues and even country, among others, Gypsy Fuzz continues Christine’s string of fantastic albums. Buy it.”
Inessa at 101.9 KINK FM Radio calls Gypsy Fuzz, “Yet another fun late-year discover!” While touring in support of her Gypsy Fuzz project, Christine continues to perform solo and support her recently released “A Collection”, which showcases fan favorites from all of her previous albums. CDBABY, reviewing “A Collection”, states "...her voice is a comforting constant, drawing you in with its raw emotion and not letting go.” Michaela Majoun at 88.5 WXPN applauds her "terrific, big sound”.
Christine Havrilla's album, "In My Chair," demonstrates her ever-evolving musicianship. In a very personal and solo endeavor, Christine recorded and produced In My Chair in her home studio, singing and playing all instruments in an eclectic collection of songs as its predecessor, “Velocity.” However with “In My Chair,” Havrilla showcases her songwriting abilities and instrumental prowess with an organic, intimate approach. Along with her earlier albums, Christine has a collection of songs that clearly define her as a pop singer/songwriter at the peak of her form. Listeners hear raw authenticity as Christine’s gritty vocals and overall musicality breathe life into fifteen engaging songs. Christine’s strength on guitar is ever-present. She delivers “In My Chair” in the unabashed style which has garnered her critical praise.
As noted by the Princeton Packet, "Angst takes a left turn to upbeat and fun." Dean Sciarra from ItsAboutMusic.com described the personal connection when he said, "We get inside her head with each successive entry from her musical diary. And if she didn't possess that rare ability to make her songs so easily accessible, memorable and heartfelt, then you wouldn't come back for more. And you will come back for more."
J.F. Pirro writes, “On In My Chair, Havrilla’s music and message remain as high-energy and introspective as ever…and always from the heart, dispensing medicinal lyrics for the soul.” (Main Line Today Magazine)
"I'm completely blown away and hooked. Havrilla’s talent is not only music but to take you away from the hum drum of life and go on a journey where she is the driver and we are her passengers," writes Madalyn Sklar (Founder/Publisher, GoGirlsMusic.com - Houston, TX).
"Christine breaks out the gasoline and sets fire to the typical Roots/Folk genre, with blazing acoustic guitars, blatantly honest lyrics..." - Rik Ferrell, What's Up Magazine
Chris March of the Phoenixville Mercury writes, "(Havrilla's) tunes offer some of the most focused and empowered songwriting from any artist to stem from the local area yet and results in an eclectic set that can range from adrenalized to emotionally stirring."
Nate Bauer from Blue Weekly says, "Christine offers the kind of pop-guitar songwriting that definitely should not be overlooked...Havrilla has shifted from the typical Lilith Fair pigeonhole into her own enjoyable sound."
Her material has garnered a variety of accomplishments such as:
• Christine nominated for About.com’s Reader’s Choice Awards (2012)
• “Searching. Finding. Living.” (Gypsy Fuzz) listed in Advocate Magazine’s Top Ten Best Overlooked Albums of 2012 not to miss!
• Christine had 2 songs nominated for the Out Music Awards (2011)
• Co-wrote the song, "Hightail", for the indy film Til Death Do Us Toby (2010 Chateau Entertainment/Canada)
• Curve Magazine's Anniversary Issue Finalist for Favorite Musician/Newcomer (2010)
• “Blinders” won the Garden State Film Festival’s “Best Country Song” for the film, Embraceable You ( 2010)
• One of the Top Ten Indie Artists" - Advocate Magazine
• Velocity's "Hole in the Ground" topped Sirius Satellite Radio's Hot 20 chart at #1 to start off 2007 and remained on the chart 16 weeks!
• Featured in Curve Magazine’s Music Issue (August 2008)
• Christine received Best Female Rock Album for "Velocity" from WSTW radio (Feb. 07).
• Every Now & Then" chosen for the Violet Mendoza film, No Boundaries (2008).
She has opened for and shared the stages of venues and major festivals with an eclectic list of acts such as Jeffrey Gaines, Chely Wright, Jill Sobule, Melissa Etheridge, Janis Ian, Antigone Rising, Michael Glabicki, Grey Eye Glances, Train, Melissa Ferrick, Catie Curtis, Don McLean, Heart, Christopher Cross, Sara Lee, Kyler England & Adrianne (The Rescues), Susan Werner, Davy Knowles, Bitch, and Sally Taylor. Self-taught from the age of 5 and growing up with a musical family, Havrilla wins crowds over wherever she goes with her musical innovation, heartfelt lyrics, and her guitar a mere extension of herself. Her music and sound are difficult to fit into one category; hence Christine describes it as "Neofunkadelicfolkpoptwangrock!" Philadelphia Magazine simply states, "She
- Band Members:
- Gretchen Schultz-percussion & vocals, Mike Kurman- bass & vocals, Rob Schnell-drums & vocals, Dan Kauffman-electric guitar, Keith Giosa-keys
- Artist Name:
- Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz
- Home Page:
- Rock / Folk Rock / alternative country
- Portland, OR
- Brotherly Love Entertainment
- The Indigo Girls
- Sheryl Crow
- Brandi Carlile
- Dixie Chicks