This little Lamb likes to rock

DESPITE her tender age, just 21, Christie's debut album has been a long time in the making.

Christie spent the majority of her teens finding her musical feet, both as a performer and writer of songs.

She attended a performing arts high school, took part in a range of singing contests, and has been a regular to the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival for the past eight years.

While country music has always been her passion, she concedes it has taken time to develop her own sound.

Christie's 2011 debut EP served as a great introduction to a broader audience, yet it fell somewhat short of truly showcasing her powerhouse vocals and setting her apart from her contemporaries.

This time around, working with Brisbane-based producer Andrew Cochrane, nothing is left in reserve.

Via the 11 recorded tracks, five of which were co-penned by Christie, the listener is presented with a release comparable to the million-plus sellers in America . . . those who have served as her greatest influences.

Like American acts The Band Perry and Carrie Underwood in particular, Christie's take on contemporary country music borrows heavily from the realms of rock and pop — making for one highly exciting sound, and one which has about as much in common with old-school traditional country twang as Metallica does with Simon And Garfunkel.

During January's Tamworth festival, Christie and her band showcased the new material and sound.

To say it was met with enthusiasm is an understatement.

"Ever since I started listening to country music when I was younger it was people like Miranda Lambert that caught my ear, because it seemed a little different to what I thought country really was at the time . . . that kind of angle with the crossover pop-rock influences but still real rootsy and country at the same time," Christie said.

"There's a lot of people doing traditional country, and there's a place for everybody, but I think that's kind of my place. I'm a little bit different and I wanted to showcase that with this album.

"I think everyone's got their own certain edge and they have to show that off. I definitely wanted to show off that kind of sassier side of myself."

Via tracks like Manhunt, Perfect Crime and Pass Me A Lighter, Christie's sass is something to behold.

While her major goal for the rest of the year will be focused on album promotion, Christie says she hopes to spread the new country gospel to those within her demographic.

"It is about trying to bring more people of my generation to country music and I think that kind of influence of the pop-rock modern sound or whatever you call it will do that," she said. "With this album I just kind of want to fill a gap in Australian country music. There is a lot of country pop, but there's not too many girls doing that country rock-edged kind of thing."

Supporting Christie for her Rooty Hill RSL launch will be The Viper Creek Band and Luke Dickens.

The show will start at 8pm and tickets are free for club members and $7 for their guests.

Details: totalcountry.com.au

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