Vocalist Christina Watson's impressive range appeals to music lovers from all backgrounds. She can swing on a jazz standard, interpret a ballad with sophisticated phrasing , and then belt out the blues and funk with attitude and a unique edge.
With her 2004 debut CD All About Love, Christina Watson caught the attention of jazz fans all around the globe, garnering reviews in publications such as Sweden’s Orkester Journalen, the world’s oldest jazz magazine. Among the tracks that received airplay, Watson’s original song Half Moon led to a collaboration with producer/songwriter Green Daniel. This latest project, entitled A Flower Truly Blue features a stellar trio headed up by Carmen McRae’s former musical director/pianist Pat Coil. Bassist Craig Nelson, drummer Bob Mater, saxophonist Jeff Coffin and trombonist Oscar Utterstrom all lend their talents on this fresh, Euro-inspired jazz album. Four of the songs on A Flower Truly Blue were co-written by Daniel and Watson, including the title track. The cd is available through cd baby and iTunes.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2001, Watson moved from Boston to Nashville. Since her arrival in Music City, Watson has performed at local jazz hot spots, private and corporate events and concerts in the US, Sweden, France, Belgium and South Korea. During the summer of 2007, Watson performed in Sweden with her Watson Utterstrom Nordic Quintet (WUNQ) and then in China with the Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble. In April of 2008 she did another tour of Sweden and Belgium with WUNQ. She has made appearances on Nashville Public Radio (WPLN FM) and at jazz festivals throughout the south. Christina can also be heard on jingles, Nashville songwriters’ demos and with other bands like New Orleans style funk brass band Halfbrass and Bump City.
Watson sings semi-regularly with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra (Nashville’s own big band) at their weekly gig and on larger concerts, and she recorded Gershwin tunes with them for a CD that will be released in 2012. She can also be heard at Bosco’s in Hillsboro Village for their Sunday Jazz Brunch. She sings soprano with the jazz vocal quartet 3rd Coast Vocals, which just released a CD in 2011. Watson is an adjunct commercial voice instructor at Belmont University and teaches vocal literature, chart writing, theory for vocalists, and French chansons classes at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Christina even finds time to direct a women’s a cappella choir called “The Nashville Belles” and coach private vocal students from her home studio in Donelson, where she lives with her husband and their son and two cats.