Winner of the 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Folk Acoustic Album, Christa Couture has built a reputation for transforming tragedy into musical triumph, capturing tiny snapshots of grief and elevating each to a unique work of art – sometimes desolate but more often uplifting in its encapsulation of a single treasured memory or moment of hope.
Her most recent album, 2012’s The Living Record, made Best-of-the-Year lists at CBC Music, Radio Regent and the Georgia Straight and prompted Straight critic Alex Varty to describe Christa as “criminally under-rated.” Its predecessor, The Wedding Singer and the Undertaker made the Top 10 at CBC Radio 3 and went to #1 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown. PopMatters likened Christa’s voice to that of Amy Rigby and praised her skill in writing an album about loss that “does not feel like the aural equivalent of ambulance chasing.”
Perhaps the greatest recognition of Christa’s talent and perseverance, however, came in 2014 when fans and friends rallied to raise more than $25,000 to purchase her a high-tech microprocessor knee for her prosthetic leg – making it easier for her to get around on the road.
Christa also used some of the money to put a sweet floral print on her prosthesis!
Born and raised in Edmonton, Christa is the offspring of a folk-singing mother and a father who performed First Nations ceremonial music.
As a child, she sang in choirs and performed in musical theatre. After high school, she studied at Vancouver Film School and went on to spend ten years working in film and television before returning to music with the release of 2005’s Fell out of Oz. She has toured Canada, the U.S., the U.K. Germany and Holland and earned enthusiastic reviews on three continents.
RootsMusic.ca wrote of her: “Some reviewers hear Jane Siberry, Joni Mitchell; Tori Amos might also come to mind at points. But that’s merely a way of saying Couture’s work has the combination of accessibility and emotional depth such thoughtful writers have in common.”
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