Meet the Band: Christine Alice

Disclaimer: The following meet the band is an abbreviated version of a Q&A article written by Katelyn Barner for CSU Source. Read Barner’s full piece here: Lagoon Concert Series hosts CSU alum Christine Alice on July 6 (colostate.edu)

Whether you’re in the mood to listen to pop, country, alternative or lo-fi, Fort Collins native and CSU alum Christine Alice has got you covered. Alice is an up-and-coming regional musician performing live and recording original music. Her music has been critically acclaimed by both local musicians and professionals throughout the country. Christine Alice discussed her experiences as a musician in the Q&A below.

Can you share the background on how you started with your journey of playing music?

I have always loved to sing and play music. It’s been very ingrained in my life from a very early age, but I started to take music seriously when I least expected it. Since graduating high school I had almost forgotten that I loved to sing. Without having a choir or musical theater, I didn’t have an outlet. College, jobs, friends, and traveling all come to the forefront, and music was at the far back of my mind.

A year after graduating from CSU,  I was in Southern Chile staying at a hostel. A guy was playing the guitar. He was like a jukebox and could play anything. I asked if I could join in and sing. He ended up inviting me to sing at a gig of his that night at a local bar. I sang all night! The crowd went wild, and I had so much fun that I knew I had to figure out how to experience that again.

I picked up the guitar and never put it down. I kinda became obsessed. I started playing open mics and eventually shows. When the pandemic hit, I felt compelled to live my life to the fullest. Carpe Diem! So, I quit my job and leaped into the unknown of becoming a full-time musician. Best decision I’ve made yet!

Where’s the coolest venue you have had a chance to perform at and what was the experience like? 

I have been fortunate enough to play at the Aggie Theatre. It has been a long-time dream of mine. It was pretty surreal, but it felt amazing to get the VIP wristbands and be on such a large stage in front of an attentive audience.

What are you most excited for when you get the opportunity to play in front of the CSU community at the Lagoon? 

I’m excited to play the music for an enthusiastic crowd! After everything being shut down for so long, I can’t wait to see smiling faces and people dancing!

What does making music mean to you, and what are some fun facts or other hobbies you may have?  

Making music to me is all about communicating a thought that evokes an emotion. While I’m fascinated by music theory and its intricacies, there’s no substitute for a simple song that moves your soul.  Some of my favorite songs have just two chords. Music doesn’t need to be complicated or epic to have an impact. It’s all about the connection and feeling it.

Something funny about me is I have reoccurring nightmares about dinosaurs and have since I was a little girl allowed to watch “Jurassic Park.” Some 26 years later, I still have a T. rex chasing me. I grew up in the Poudre Canyon and I love being outside, dancing, and hanging out with my dog, Bob Barker.

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