Growing up, country-pop artist Christie Huff found purpose and hard fought confidence singing her heart out along to karaoke tracks down in her parent’s basement. She’s emerged a young artist with sass and a gift for sharp-witted pop. Christie’s latest, Roll The Dice, is a feisty collection of infectious modern country.
“When I was in school, I struggled with dyslexia, and it definitely had an effect on my self-esteem. But I am a hard worker and come from a family that is successful, so that didn’t stop me from getting A’s in school,” confides Christie. “What brought me confidence was my singing and performing on stage. Later, when school became harder, I would escape into my music. Some days I would come home and write three songs in one day.”
Christie has released a previous album and performed nationally. She has garnered acclaim for her poignant song and video for “Soldier Song.” The song was the first song she ever wrote, and it was inspired by seeing pictures of her friend saying goodbye to her husband as he left for deployment in Afghanistan. The emotionally charged video was an Official Selection of the 2014 GI Film Festival in Washington DC over Memorial Day Weekend, and a selection in the 2015 Filmed In Utah Awards.
Live performance highlights include appearances at venerated venues such as the Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona, the House of Blues in Hollywood, and the Hard Rock Café in San Diego. She’s also been a special guest performer at the Global Volunteers 30th Anniversary Gala, the Jim Brown Legends of Football Superbowl Gala, and the Cox Communications Media Sportsravaganza. For both her albums, Christie has worked with legendary producer Jeff Dayton, best known for his 15-year tenure with Glen Campbell, and for working with Kenny Chesney, George Strait, and a stable of other contemporary and classic country music icons. Flip Magazine praises Christie thusly: “Barely out of her teens, Huff’s voice is well beyond her years. There is a maturity, depth, and richness to her voice that drives each note. With equal doses of blues and folk, she finds a perfect spot in the genre of country music, but in truth her style and sound manages to lend itself to a much wider audience. “
Christie currently resides in Los Angeles, but she grew up in Mesa, Arizona with three sisters. As a child, she grappled with being an overachiever with dyslexia, and channeled her energies into student council and varsity tennis. Her family, thankfully, was patient and supportive as she found her way, but her school wasn’t as sympathetic and informed about her dyslexia. Christie sought solace in songwriting and singing. As her gifts came to the surface, her ambition and self-confidence also came to the forefront. Since then, she’s recorded two country albums in Music City, and has made the courageous decision to leave home and move to Los Angeles.
Her migration to Los Angeles has been a significant entry in her artistic continuum. “When I moved to LA, I came with a dream and two CD’s recorded in Nashville,” Christie says. “I had no music connections in LA, but fell in love with the artists and venues so I moved there as a leap of faith.” Channeling her drive into networking and building an artistic profile, she took every gig she could, often playing intimate acoustic gigs. Two years later, she now has a full band, a respected presence on the LA scene, and she’s gearing up to expand her reach through a rigorous schedule of southwest tours.
Roll The Dice represents a bold era for Christie. Her country-pop is edgier. Her album title conjures risks, but it also references the playful aspect of living. These are some of the two perspectives Christie explores on the 11-track album. On the song “Roll The Dice,” Christie snapshots a fantasy romance set in a sleek James Bond Las Vegas setting. The song sizzles with pent-up feelings and Christie’s seductively bold vocals. Other album highlights include the searing but humorous “Country Breakup Song,” the delicately winsome pop ballad “Summer Love,” and the anthemic “Rock Star.” Christie elaborates: “Rock Star is about my dream to live the life and go on tour, and travel on buses and planes,” she confesses.
Christie is on the precipice of realizing those rock star dreams. Thinking back on her story, she says: “For me, this has been a big self-realization year. I’ve learned to embrace who I am, be the boss of my career, and I’ve realized everything you go through in life makes you stronger. Music is what I am supposed to be doing with my life, and I count my blessings I’m doing it.”