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New England female fronted group, Christa Renee Band, are currently finishing up their first full length album, "New Life" for an April 2015 release. Recorded at Josiah's homes over the last year this is the most organic and edgiest album yet. These ten songs genre hop blending reggae, afrobeat, funk, rock, soul, jazz, latin and punk together and creating something unique and always inspiring movement. The band is looking to bring their high energy to festival stages this summer.
In 2013 they released with "Lovesick" available now on http://christareneeband.bandcamp.com/. And later their EP, "Roots Dance Culture" which brought them to legendary stages throughout New England.
CRB released their first EP “For the People” in April 2011 available now at www.cdbaby.com/christareneeband . Recorded at Indiefair Studios out of Londonderry, NH in October 2010 and mixed and mastered there in December 2010, the six song album encompassing Latin, rock, dance, reggae, afro-funk, Soca and jazz, and any genre that gets you out of your seat and dancing. It is the culmination of a year of all the right pieces finally falling into place. CRB, made up of Christa Renee (vocals/guitar/songwriter), and seasoned musicians, Pete Gustafson (bass), Jeff Costello (drums, backup vocals), Josiah Erikson (keys) and Michael Ryan (percussion), started with a craigslist ad. By April of 2010 all the current members of CRB came together and knew they were onto something special. After a number of shows in the New England area including VT, NH, MA and CT, CRB put up another craigslist ad to find someone to record their unique sound. After sitting down and meeting with Art Murphy and Scott Orlosk of Indiefair they knew they found the right place.
Expanding on the niche created by The Police, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Clash and similar artists the band takes caribbean influences and infuses it into their music only with a female voice which is uncommon in this genre. Band songwriter, Christa Renee, writes her music first as a way to channel her emotions and observations of the world and next as a way to connect with people. She decided on the title “For the People” because of this dedication to reaching everyday people with her music and words. Tracks from the EP have already been heard on Soulful Tears Radio, Voodoo Brew, Unregular radio, Portsmouth Community radio, Homebrew (99Rocks ) and featured as a Homegrown Artist on 92.5 The River. CRB is hoping to expand to more radio stations including independent and college stations and continue playing throughout New England. For booking on the North Shore and Seacoast please contact Linda Somma of Ironic Booking (www.ironic.it). Everywhere else please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.