Chrystyna Marie’s ‘Loaded Gun’ a polished, engaging and powerful blues/pop EP
I speak from experience when I say that taking on the world on your own can be intimidating. You’re left to your own devices and the fate of your own circumstances rests on your shoulders, and your shoulders alone. Or so it may seem.
While she’s certainly not the only artist to make the leap into releasing her music without a label, the Tornoto-based blues/pop singer Chrystyna Marie is perhaps among the most talented to do so.
She’s also unique in that she’s worked with several different indie record labels in the past, but took off on her own so she could release the kind of music she wanted to play, not what someone else demanded from her.
Indeed it should be no surprise, then, to hear this independent spirit throughout her new album “Loaded Gun.” Hers is a voice that’s sultry, powerful and authentic.
She lists her musical influences as a mixture of old and new — people such as Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Etta James, Selena or Christina Aguilera.
The four-track EP sounds like a complete package filled with songs that show off her range. There’s a ballad, an upbeat track, a radio-friendly heartbreak song and the explosive title track that you can’t help but play on repeat after hearing it.
Some of the favorite parts of the record for me include the way she infuses rock in with her pop sensibilities on “No More,” and the spooky piano-driven intro of “The Tower,” before Marie bears her soul through her vocals. While I know her music is nothing like either woman, her voice kept reminding me of someone like Carrie Underwood or even Miranda Lambert.
I also found it interesting in that not only is Chrystyna Marie a talented singer, she’s also an experienced stage actor.
Over the years she’s starred in lead roles in several community plays such as Maria in “West Side Story” and Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.” She’s also starred in several music videos and has appeared in several TV spots.
Her music, though, will always have a special place in her heart. When asked about it recently, she said, “Breath is life, and life is music. I wanted to create music from personal experiences and true emotions. Something the everyday person can relate to and build strength from having been exposed to it. With a raw and gritty feel to emulate these experiences and emotions.”
On “Loaded Gun” she’s done just that. It’s a joy to hear and I can’t wait to listen to more in the future. The EP will be released to the public on Feb. 29.