Singer, songwriter and renowned fingerstyle guitarist Christie Lenée is more than a musician – she’s an experience. Symphonic compositions flow from her fingertips effortlessly, with sound ranging from transcendental folk-pop to virtuosic instrumentals. Her recent title of Acoustic Guitarist of the Year 2019 awarded by Music Radar Magazine out of the UK, has launched Christie’s career towards international stardom.
Christie is often described as ‘Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews,” integrating melodic pop lyricism with catchy hooks and percussive, harmonic textures. As an Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International consistently logging a number of major festivals, events, opera houses and theaters nationwide, Christie Lenée performs with radiant joy that awes crowds and inspires fellow musicians. She recently told Digital Journal that "years ago, I set my intention to be an inspirational songwriter, though over time I've come to realize that inspiration comes in many forms. Talking about the dark and the light, the beauty and moments of pain are all forms of inspiration."
Her International destinations have included Australia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai, Beijing and several other Chinese cities.
Christie recently completed the MusiSHEans trio tour of Europe which included stops in the UK, Paris, Rome, Prague, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany, as well as a 4 city support for Tommy Emmanuel in Poland.
Christie has also shared stages with Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band), Andy McKee, and Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) to name a few, who have all raved about her talents. Her first-place victory in the acclaimed 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship has earned her featured coverage in Guitar Player Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Premier Guitar and Vintage Guitar. She has released five albums, with “STAY” one of three finalists for “Best CD of 2016” (Indie Acoustic Project Awards). The album includes three instrumentals produced by Grammy Award Winning producer Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records, and a music video for the title track supporting a movement on suicide prevention.
In 2018 Christie released an arrangement of Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill” which garnered media attention across several Digital Publications. AXS.com's Jim Wood noted "through the use of harmonics and tapping, Lenée's infectious style utilizes all parts of the guitar and combines elements of folk, rock and pop into one tasty and eclectic musical stew."
During the pandemic, Christie is currently working on a solo album in addition to collaborative tracks with artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Phil Keaggy and Laurence Juber. In July 2020 she was featured on the Grammy Museum’s virtual program streaming from Los Angeles, along with another 4-page article in Guitar Player Magazine. With over 16,500 fans on Facebook and over a million plays on YouTube, Christie continues to spread the love of music through live streams, digital airplay and virtual appearances on television stations. As an artist, she hopes to bring joy, freedom, and light to the world though the love of music.
“Christie Lenée is a wonderful spirit making beautiful music on the guitar. She has epic compositions that take one on a journey through time.”
-Tim Reynolds, Guitarist for Dave Matthews Band
“Christie Lenée is a fine young guitar player, composer and singer whose depth is surprising in our age!” - Tommy Emmanuel, CGP
“… One of the most shockingly moving interludes we’ve ever had. It was more than the fluid, neck-tapping virtuosity. She seemed to radiate joy. “
-Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots, Nashville, TN. – Full Article: http://musiccityroots.com/blog/british-invasion/
“Christie Lenée is a very creative and skilled musician!” - Andy McKee
“The message in the music of Christie Lenée is crystal-clear and unambiguous. And that message is a celebration of life, love and joy. The elation in her voice, the ever-present smile on her face, her warm and embracing lyrics, her wonderful between-songs anecdotes, and her brilliant guitar playing all point directly to that message.”
- Scott Hopkins, MusicFest News
*Nominated for a Posi Award, Song “Love Who You Are” in Category “Songs for Personal Transformation”
– 2016 Posi Awards
*Nominated “Best CD of 2014” – Album “Live at Hideaway Cafe”, Indie Acoustic Project Awards
“*Voted “Best Guitarist” for WSTW 93.7 Hometown Heroes Awards*
- WSTW 93.7, Wilmington, DE
“ *Nominated “Best Female Songwriter” for Origivation Magazine’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards (Philadelphia, PA)”
-Origivation Magazine, Philadelphia, PA