This album is an emotional response to the difficult and painful loss of a long-term marriage. However, each song moves the listener toward the reconciliation of that pain, and the embracing of the genuine happiness that follows. It’s a “happy ending” CD, with songs like the rowdy “My Pain Is Long Gone” and the gutsy title cut “Here’s To Sorrow” that pays tribute to the unsung hero of life’s journey (sorrow). “Tell Me What My Daddy Did Right” provides an unexpected theme of taking the higher road of gratitude and respect towards those whom we feel have wronged us, and the wistful “I Wanted Be Your Hero” quietly reprimands those who think they can save people who don’t think they need saving. “He Was Her Friend Too,” which features a guest male vocalist, begins to reveal the chain of events that leads to falling in love again. A sprinkle of lighthearted songs, such as the Taylor Swift-ish “Won’t You Do That Again” relives the thrill of the first kiss with somebody new, and the bluegrass-ey “Second Chance For Love” gives God the credit for finding love again after so much heartache. All told, listening to this collection of country, folk, and bluegrass tunes will feel like reading a novel that I hope you’ll want others to read, too.
My full name is Cristine Desiree Conerty (my maiden name is Sullens) and I was born in Bellevue, WA August 25, 1961. Throughout my life I have been inspired by a varied and eclectic mix of country, folk, rock, blues, and pop music. I grew up watching Buck Owens and Roy Clark on “Hee-Haw” and listening to the likes of Bobbie Gentry, Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Simon and Garfunkel, Charley Pride, and Glen Campbell, the latter of which I absolutely loved. As a teen, I idolized Barbara Streisand and Whitney Houston for their incredible voices and enjoyed the surge of country pop music from one of my all-time favorite artists Dolly Parton, as well as Crystal Gayle, Olivia Newton-John, Dan Fogelberg, John Denver and the ever-present Glen Campbell. I am a self-taught guitarist but my primary instrument is the piano which I have been playing since I was six years old and was therefore drawn to the music of Elton John, Carole King, and Billy Joel, and virtually any artist or band that featured the piano. I have always had a passion for close vocal harmonies and in my formative teen years couldn’t get enough of Fleetwood Mac, Manhattan Transfer, Boston, and the Little River Band. The singer-songwriter era of the early-mid 70’s was winding down but the music played on and female singer-songwriters became a favorite source of inspiration to me over the years. Some of my favorites include Carole King, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, Shania Twain, India.aire, and Sarah McLachlan. Reba emerged as I was settling into a busy family life, so I didn’t become an official fan until much later in life and she now tops my list of country entertainers. I have so many favorite country artists but if I had to name a few that I could not survive without on a deserted island, it would be Reba, Little Big Town, Sugarland, and Keith Urban. And if I could be one megastar for a day, it would be Beyonce. I also have a secret (well, not-so-secret) passion for Josh Groban.
Songwriting is like breathing for me, I just do it. But as of late, I have challenged myself to write and sing songs with greater honesty, giving my lyrics much more attention. My songs are inspired by my own life experiences as well as stories I hear of other people’s challenges and victories. People tell me I sound like a blend of Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Bonnie Raitt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Carole King - all four being women I admire for their talent, originality, and fearlessness.
I have a lifetime of original music in many categories, including traditional hymn and choir arrangements, and I am currently tackling the huge job of transcribing them from my “head,” scribbles on music manuscript paper, and scores of lyric and lead sheets to a permanent collection of songs to record and leave as a legacy to my family and others. I work nearly everyday creating new music, and honing my songwriting craft. I am the mother of five children and grandmother of five, and I currently live in Eastern Washington State in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband, youngest son, and golden retriever.