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Christie Josef and The Purpose
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Christie Josef & The Purpose, a Portland, OR Indie folk rock band playing songs with meaning and hope that humanity can navigate and save itself and our planet.
I am an indie-rock singer/songwriter who released a CD, Spark A Ripple in June 2014. The songs represent my attempt to understand what goes on around me and why it matters. Isn't it time for us to take personal responsibilty for our circumstances and the state of our planet? For me it is about truth, integrity, compassion and kindness (especially to ourselves) as a way to bring light and balance back into our lives and as a result, back into the world. My search for understanding is my commitment to truth and my songs are my way of sharing what has been gifted to me through this search.
Band/artist history
A singer/songwriter since 12 years old, I had my first band, The Informers in San Francisco, California for a short time then started Temper Temper which played the SF Bay Area local scene for a couple of years with some big gigs like the first Martin Luther King celebration at SF City Hall and a couple of shows at the Golden Gate Park bandshell. I took a break to have kids and in the process, relocated to Portland, Oregon where I found my heart by composing songs on the piano, (up until this point I had always written songs using the guitar). I hope my expression through this music serves to offer hope, understanding, and clarity to those who resonate with the songs and their presentation. We must each do our part, listening to our call and finding our purpose. Isn't that the best we can do? What do you hear? For a more detailed bio see my website for "my story".
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I have put together a stellar band of fantastic Portland, Oregon musicians including John Neff on bass, Bret Malmquist on lead guitar, and Chuck Heinrich on drums. We love to play live and have played several Portland shows including Alberta Rose Theater, Bossanova Ballroom, and Mississippi Pizza. Sooo many special moments - this band rocks!
Your musical influences
My vocal style strikes a similarity to the strength of Grace Slick and Patti Smith. My influences include early Elton John, Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark, and America among others. Other influences include The Cure, The Clash, Talking Heads, REM, The Pretenders, Garbage, Eels, Jude, Spoon, The Decemberists, Arctic Monkeys, Guster, The Kooks, Silversun Pick-ups, Kris Deelane, The Shins, Modest Mouse, Nada Surf, Regina Spektor, Suzanne Vega,...
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