More about Christene
UWith over 20 years of touring under her belt, over a dozen countries invited to perform in and over 25,000 CDs independently sold, Award-winning songwriter Christene LeDoux is the real deal―a Troubador in the truest sense of the word.
A jack of all trades before music found her, Christene did everything from fueling airplanes at the Grand Canyon to writing sports in Flagstaff, Arizona. She worked in real estate and professionally photographed skiers in Vail, Colorado, worked with huskies in Alaska, was a clown & children’s party planner, opened & owned a dog walking business, was a social worker and professional nanny for the rich & famous in California and in a small factory in rural America, she fell into building lipstick holders. That's just the tip of the ice burg, so we'll stop there!
Living everywhere from Northern California to Arizona, Alaska to Connecticut, Vail to Nashville, Austin to London, Sweden, in the campgrounds of the US in her Airstream and now with her Austrian husband and daughter in the alps of Austria, Christene LeDoux's life was made for songwriting.
This lifetime of unique trades and travel all before she even picked up a guitar, would set the stage for what would become the Christene LeDoux we know today, a singer, songwriter and storyteller. And lucky us.
Christene's debut release, 'Little Lighthouse' (2003) raked in an impressive list of songwriting awards and accolades, major label tour requests at home and abroad, TV/film placement, International radio airplay and steady sales. Her follow-up, 'dust 'n' branches, songs from a wanderer' (2008) doing more of the same, also continues to garner attention and rave reviews.
Watching American-born songwriter Christene LeDoux perform live is like spending time with your closest friend. Her ease with her audience is alarming. Her stories both funny and tragic and just when you think you know where it's going, she takes you from tears to laughter in a matter of minutes.
Art Jefferson of San Francisco Art Magazine put it best when he wrote, "To call LeDoux a storyteller is to understate her skills. She is an artist creating exquisite imagery through song. Her entire performance was pure art, her voice of angelic purity. Through every song the crowd was entranced, the aura of their love and appreciation a palpable presence in the club. This is what the experience of music is all about."
Continuous radio airplay through the US, Australia & Europe, most notably BBC throughout the UK, Wales, Scotland & Ireland.
Music included in a companion CD to Derek Siver's latest book, 'Anything you want.'
CDbaby Editors Pick (dust 'n' branches, songs from a wanderer, 2008).
CDbaby Top Seller (Little Lighthouse, 2003).
Top of Euro Americana charts in first week of release (dust 'n' branches, songs from a wanderer, 2008).
Maverick Magazine's Ladies Choice, UK (2008).
Telluride Troubador, Falcon Ridge, Rocky Mountain, Founder's Title Folk & Bluegrass Festival and (3-time) Tucson Folk Festival Finalist (USA).
USA Songwriting & Billboard Songwriting contest awards, Andelle Grand Prize winner overall & First Place in the Folk/country category, Best Folk Acoustic Award 2003 MAMA Award California, Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest Finalist and numerous web site related songwriting Awards to name a few.
Performing Songwriter Magazine's Top 10 DIY pick (Little Lighthouse).
Tour support for a large array of major label artists both in the US and Europe.
Long-time music journalist for an array of publications, both print and online.
Songs have appeared on an array of American TV network shows, including Felicity amongst others.
Sought-after DIY panelist at Conferences & Festivals worldwide, including SXSW in Austin, Texas, Musician's Institute in Los Angeles and West Coast Songwriter's Association in California to name a few.
Christene is dedicated to supporting many organizations helping in the fight against aids, homelessness, domestic violence, child abuse, alcoholism, eating disorders, mental health issues, health care in America (or lack thereof) and more in the United States and Worldwide. Including; "New Songs for Peace" a United Nations Endorsed Project where her song, "The Entertainer" is being featured. Christene's song, "Sweet Patty" is being used to by ARYI (African Regional Youth Initiative) a collaboration of hundreds of youth and community-based projects and organizations in Africa working to fight HIV/AIDS. (most notably in children orphaned from the disease).
Christene is on the Executive Advisory Board for the Clear Channel's project, "Help Cure Breast Cancer."
Her song, "Dear Mr. President" is also included on the Compilation CD, "Peace Talks, songs for peace."
Christene is featured alongside James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Dar Williams, Third Eye Blind amongst others with her song, "Guardian Angel" (written after witnessing a friend practicing bulimia) with Mpower. Mpower is sponsored by the National Mental Health Association.
In 2008, Christene's song, "Guardian Angel" appeared on 'Key to life's' compilation CD to help people overcome eating disorders which was distributed worldwide. Her song, "The Entertainer" was also included on the CD, "Back Home" a compilation CD to benefit (homeless) Children's International.
"If the toast catches fire behind you, you’ll stoically let the house crumble into ashes around you before you even consider pressing ‘eject’."~Marco Rossi/Echo Dorset UK (June 2008)
"There’s a definite nod to Aimee Mann"
~Americana UK (July 2008)
"Not since the days of Karen Carpenter has there been such a crystal pure voice, seductively enchanting as it leads the listener from one journey to the next. A world traveler, Ledoux captures the essence of her soul's desires combined with observational experiences in another stunning collection of songs that is sure to delight her current fans, and draw in new ones..."
~Wade Phillips - Outlaw Magazine/Nashville, TN
"Christene is a strong lyricist, and from the reflective ‘For My Roses’ through to the direct and clear message of ‘Dear Mr President’ (which also sees Eliza Gilkyson helping out), she paints vivid pictures in her songs, throughout the disc she’s both thoughtful and direct and often gives the listener much to consider. An independent storyteller in the true sense of the word, her songs are glimpses into the sights, sounds and stories of her own experiences and the lives of the people populating her tales.
The experience of an established producer has given a new edge to the songs and the quality of the instrumentation and production means that this disc deserves to find a wide audience across both Europe and the US."
~Neil Pearson of Fish Records (UK-June 2008)
"...beautiful...a feel of Nanci Griffith."
~Sally Naden & Carole Turner, 'Ladies @ Lunch', BBC RADIO LANCASHIRE (9 Jun 2008)
" 'Angel You've Come Too Soon' ...an absolute belter! She reminds me a bit of EVA CASSIDY - and the early days of OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN "'
~BRIAN CLOUGH - Smooth Country, SMOOTH RADIO (UK) (May 2008)
"If this album was a coat, I would wear it every day because it fits great and feels so damned comfortable." (dust 'n' branches ... songs from a wanderer)
~countrystartpage.com (July 2008)