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Christine Lavin is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/recording artist who has been based in New York City since 1984. She has just released her 23rd solo album, SPAGHETTIFICATION, which was #5 for the month of September according to the International FolkDJ chart.. Her 22nd album, CHRISTINE LAVIN & FRIENDS LIVE AT McCABE'S GUITAR SHOP was produced by Hillary Rollins, and includes five LA performers (Gary Stockdale, Pat Whiteman, Cynthia Carle, David Lucky, and MaryJo Mundy), and one revered British singer/songwriter, Daniel Cainer. Christine sings seven songs on this album, too.
She has produced ten compilation CDs JUST ONE ANGEL v2.0 being the latest, showcasing the holiday songs of 19 songwriters whose work she loves. The food-themed compilaiion One Meat Ball, includes a 96-page cookbook that Christine edited. For four years she hosted "Slipped Disks" on xm satellite radio, playing CDs slipped to her backstage by compatriots, and is the occasional guest host for the City Folk Sunday Sunday Supper on WFUV-FM at Fordham University. She also writes freelance for various publications (including The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The St. Petersburg Times, The Performing Songwriter, and Delta "Sky" Magazine). Her song "Amoeba Hop" was turned into a science/music book by illustrator Betsy Franco Feeney (Puddle Jump Press), received the stamp of approval from The International Society of Protistologists, and a "Best Book Award" from the American Association for The Advancement of Science.
Betsy and Christine have collaborated again on HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, a children's book with CD that tells the story of an oil spill with an emphasis on clean, alternative energy. More than 50 singers from around the world are included on the CD. That book was crowd-funded by Kickstarter and is currently looking a publisher.
The book THE PLUTO FILES: THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA'S FAVORITE PLANET, written by Neil deGrasse Tyson, head of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC, includes the complete lyrics to Christine's song "Planet X," which details Pluto's history and planetary status debate in rhyme. The book is published by W.W. Norton. And Christine got a "D" in Astronomy in college (see kids? You CAN make up for the mistakes of your youth).
Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond (Australia, Germany, Israel), and hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show. Songs of hers have been performed by artists as diverse as Broadway stars Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster, and David Burnham, cabaret divas Andrea Marcovicci. Barbara Brussell, and Colleen McHugh, the college a cappella Dartmouth Decibelles, and The Accidentals, winners of the National Harmony Sweepstakes championship.
Christine has recently added intermission tutorial activities -- namely, teaching audience members how to fold cloth napkins in the Downton Abbey style.
Her book, COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? is available in paperback, kindle, iPad, and audio book formats. Just One Angel, her first holiday compilation project, (22 artists, 22 Christmas/Hanukah/Solstice/New Year's songs) became a four-artist west coast tour that hit the road in December of 2011, 2012, and 2013.
AWARDS: Christine received a 2012 NYC Nightlife Award given annually to the best concert and cabaret performers. In November 2011 her book COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? won the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in non-fiction writing about pop music. Christine has also won five ASCAP composer awards, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best NYC Singer/Songwriter Of The Year, The Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and her album Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind won Album Of The Year from the National Association Of Independent Record Distributors.
LATEST PROJECTS: Christine started creating videos for her songs in 2011, and now creates them for other artists (Robyn Landis, John Margolis, Don White, Honor Finnegan, Craig Werth, Grammy-winner Julie Gold, David Ippolito). She has many posted at youtube and vimeo. This one: ROSES FROM THE WRONG MAN won a weekly contest on WNET in NYC and was broadcast on Channel 13 in NYC. Her Mom grew the roses, Christine snapped the photos. Make sure you play it to the very end -- what's at the end no doubt helped this video win.
Christine was the keynote speaker in November 2016 at the annual North East Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA). A written expanded edition of her presentation is available upon request.
+ MILES & MAFALE
The husband and wife team of Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale are well-known on the Folk circuit as two-thirds of The YaYas, and half of No Fuss and Feathers. They’ve spent the last few years focusing their efforts on touring with No Fuss and Feathers in support of the group’s album, Traveling Circus. Now, they’re on their next journey together as Miles & Mafale.
2018 brings a year of creative growth for Miles & Mafale. With the upcoming release of their new duo album, they venture in a bit of a new direction by introducing a number of socio-political themed songs, something they’ve not done before, while still keeping to their signature style. With expertly crafted songs and reminiscent narratives woven throughout, listening to their music is very much like hearing a story from a dear friend; illustrated with such detail that the lyrics are almost tangible, so deeply personal and yet, universal. Catherine is a vocal powerhouse; soulful, intimate, emotional and raw. Jay’s guitar is alternately percussive and melodic, propelling the narrative.