Award-winning singer-songwriter Christa Wells crafts honest, piano-driven pop songs about family, home, grief, and hope. Feed Your Soul, Christa’s upcoming album, was recorded at Zodlounge Music in Nashville and represents a departure from her past records. From the title track’s horn lines to the driving kick drum and rhythmic hits on “The Way That You Love Me,” it’s a bigger record. It’s also sassier: on the title track’s last verse, Christa turns the refrain on its head, singing: Feed your soul / If you are empty and your days are full/ If you are empty and your house is full / If you are empty and your pockets are full.
Feed Your Soul explores a sub-theme of giving – and receiving – love. For this project, Christa received plenty of love from her fans: a successful Kickstarter campaign raised over $15,000 to cover recording expenses. Despite the outpouring of support, Christa found the process terrifying. About the campaign, Christa says, “You feel so vulnerable and exposed and indebted and needy.” The experience influenced her writing. On “Being Loved,” for example, Christa sings: Being loved is a hard thing to take / I will try, I will try, while the song’s cinematic bridge conveys vulnerability: We are born unclothed / As we came, we will go.
Prior to Feed Your Soul, Christa recorded one solo album and two EPs (Frame the Clouds, Before the Tree Comes Down, How Emptiness Sings) and collaborated on several other projects. In spring of 2013, Christa and fellow songwriter Nicole Witt released an album of folk-inspired music under the band name More Than Rubies. Christa’s 2011 EP How Emptiness Sings received excellent reviews. Kevin Davis of New Release Tuesday called it “one of the most captivating albums I’ve ever heard.”
The path to her Christa’s present success was non-traditional. Instead of spending her twenties networking and performing at showcases, Christa married early, started a family, and moved away from Nashville to Raleigh, North Carolina. Motherhood, performance anxiety, and advice from veteran songwriter Dwight Liles led Christa to focus on her writing. In 2006, Christa was named Songwriter of the Year by the Gospel Music Association for Natalie Grant’s recording of “Held.” In this heartbreaking and inspirational song about the loss of a baby boy, Christa writes: This is what it is to be loved and to know / That the promise was that when everything fell / We’d be held.
In 2009, Christa returned to the stage, overcoming her performance anxiety along the way. Since then, she has performed upwards of fifty dates a year, frequently with collaborator Nicole Witt. Christa has also written for and with recording artists Point of Grace, Plumb, Selah, Sara Groves, Nicol Sponberg, and Jessica Campbell. “Day by Day,” a song Christa co-wrote with Plumb, was recorded by Point of Grace and reached #1 on the Contemporary Christian Market charts.
Christa currently lives in Raleigh with her husband and five children.