Christine Havrilla's latest album, "In My Chair," demonstrates her ever-evolving musicianship. In a very personal and solo endeavor, Christine sings and plays all instruments in her most ambitious effort to date. Writing and producing "In My Chair" from her home studio, 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.
"In My Chair," the latest album released independently, delivers an eclectic collection of songs as did 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.
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, 10/08)
"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).
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."
At the start of her career, Christine took the East Coast by storm with thousands of listeners at Musikfest, Philadelphia AIDS Walk, Penn State Arts Fest, and New York's Central Park and followed up these performances with appearances on CN8's "Your Morning" and NBC's 10!. Today, Christine aggressively tours nationwide. Remaining a hometown favorite, she’s performed sellout shows in venerable venues such as Philadelphia's The Point, Tin Angel, World Cafe Live! and has had well received performances in the Kimmel Center. Making frequent stops at showcase clubs and major outdoor festivals, Christine has established herself throughout the East coast, Midwest, and South. Gaining massive momentum, her material has garnered accomplishments such as:
"One of the Top Ten Indie Artists" - Advocate Magazine, 2006
Velocity's "Hole in the Ground" topped Sirius Satellite Radio's Hot 20 chart at #1 to start off 2007 and remains on the chart 14 weeks and running! (March 2007)
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).
Velocity is #3 on Radio Crystal Blue's year-end-countdown chart (2007).
"Blinders" chosen for the independent documentary, Embraceable You (2009)
"Hightail" written for the independent film, Til Death Do Us Toby (2010)
Garageband.com's "Track of the Day" for Velocity's "Really Really Good Kiss" and "Waiting" 2007
"Velocity" featured in Music Connection Magazine (LA) March 2007
"Loneliest Girl" hit #2 on GarageBand.com's Pop Rock Reviewer's Pick in December of 2005
Featured Artist on Whole Wheat Radio, Alaska in February, 2005
Garageband.com's "Song of the Day" for "Here I Am" & "Every Now & Then" in 2004
Her MP3.com-only CD, "Halo," shot to No. 1 on the folk/rock album chart
She received MP3.com's 2001 Blockbuster Award for Favorite Female Rock Artist
Seven songs have had multi-day stays at the No. 1 national singles slot at MP3.com, and she had an incredible seven songs in the top 40 at once.
The positive recognition for Christine's work doesn't stop online. She was a finalist for Philadelphia City Paper's 2002 Best Folk Artist/Group award, and received two grants in two consecutive years from The National Endowment for the Arts for its Meet the Composer series. She has opened for and shared the stages of venues and major festivals with such acts as Jeffrey Gaines, Jill Sobule, Melissa Etheridge, Janis Ian, Antigone Rising, Tempest, Grey Eye Glances, Train, Melissa Ferrick, Catie Curtis, Davy Knowles, Don McLean, Heart, Susan Werner, Sara Lee, Kyler & Adrianne from The Rescues, and Sally Taylor. She also composed and performed the music for the Johnny Cash Franklin Bible Session, a spoken word recording, and had the song "Sing" chosen for the GoGirls 2005 Radio Compilation CD, "Hole in the Ground" followed in 2007.
Self-taught, Havrilla wins crowds over wherever she goes with her musical innovation, heartfelt lyrics, and sparkling personality, 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!" She lives up to the moniker bestowed upon her by Dena Marchiony of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project, "the quintessential pop-rock goddess." Philadelphia Magazine simply states, "She rocks!"