American singer songwriter Christie McCarthy is on a mission to open hearts and minds with her deep lyrics, striking vocals and catchy songs. A soul poet who delivers a fresh take on a ‘70’s vibe, McCarthy has been compared to the likes of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Merchant, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, and even Bob Dylan. Some folks also pick up a heavy Beatles influence.
Here’s what a few fans had to say after hearing a preview of Christie’s upcoming album, which will be released later this year:
“Amazingly crafted songs, evoking emotion with every syllable and harmony.”
“A very lyrical artist that sings with passion and thought.”
“Speaks to the soul. Truly inspiring.”
McCarthy grew up in Los Angeles, the daughter of beloved LA Daily News columnist Dennis McCarthy. She migrated to Northern California for college, graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in History. Laying down deep roots in the Bay Area, Christie gigged regularly at top regional venues like Freight & Salvage, Sweetwater and Great American Music Hall, and was also part of the San Francisco folk-rock trio She’s Out There, featuring Susan Z and Liz Pisco.
Christie spent some time in the Athens, GA music scene during the late 90’s while signed to an indie record label, recording and touring the southeast. Over the years, she’s opened for Melissa Etheridge, Janis Ian, Laurie Lewis and Neale Donald Walsh to name a few. Her all time thrill was playing the Ryman Auditorium (the original Grand Ole Opry) to a packed house.
Christie’s written, recorded and produced five full-length records (with a sixth on the way), won some songwriting awards (most recently, category wins in the 2021 West Coast Songwriter's International Song Contest), landed on some high profile compilations (one with Norah Jones and Diana Krall, and another with Dave Matthews), and placed songs in movies and TV. In addition to her own work, she is also currently recording vocals for the EDM band Of Love and Lust (OLAL).