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BIO

Christie McCarthy

Apparently by the age of 3, I was belting out songs from the grocery cart as my Mom pushed it down the aisles. At 6, I remember feeling indignant and extremely emotional over any social inequity. And by the time I hit 13, I was arguing politics with my beloved working class Grandfather - and learning to play guitar and express emotion through lyrics and chords. 


I've written, recorded and co-produced six full-length records, won a few songwriting awards, landed on some high profile compilations (one with Norah Jones and Diana Krall, and another with Dave Matthews OMG), and successfully pitched songs for placement in movies and TV.

 

I've performed my songs in front of thousands of people at diverse venues across the US - from nightclubs and concert halls to coffee houses and spiritual retreats. I think my all time thrill was playing Ryman Auditorium (the original Grand Ole Opry) to a packed house, and looking down at the floor boards thinking holy shit, Elvis and Patsy stood here!

A few years ago, I looked up for a minute and realized that there's more in me than the singular drive to make it in the music business and a yen for the Laurel Canyon 70’s. So, I reinvented myself and became a marketing professional in the solar energy industry. I now work for one of the largest solar companies in the world, and actually like it. The work is rewarding and I get paid on time.

 

You wouldn’t believe how many other musicians work in solar, or maybe you would. I was quickly inspired by the efficacy of renewable energy and turned that inspiration into the song and video Rise & Shine. Around that same time, I partnered with a couple colleagues to found Solar Battle of the Bands which is now widely regarded as the solar industry's hottest annual event.

Still I continue to write songs that express my thoughts, feelings and views of life, politics and the world, to surround myself with musicians wherever I go, and to chip away at recording my extensive backlog of material.

 

I hope you enjoy the songs on Big Picture.