Christie McCarthy

 
 

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.

I love the art of matching words to music, and especially enjoy the layered process of choosing the exact right words to convey an intention. When I was a kid, my idea of a great day was several hours of undisturbed time to draw. Not much has changed except the medium. Songwriting is a lot like putting pencil to paper, and a totally thrilling way to spend my time.


I've written, recorded and produced five full-length records, won several 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 had the privilege of singing 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!

But the struggle to make it as an artist in the music business can wear you down. A few years ago, I looked up for a minute and realized, wait, I have more in me than this singular drive 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.

The continuous thread that's run through my life is the need to create. I continue to write new songs, and chip away at recording my backlog of material. I am super thrilled to be releasing "Big Picture" in the spring of 2018.