Berklee Summer in the CityChrista Gniadek

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Thursday / July 19, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
United States
Christa Gniadek


Multi-instrumentalist Christa Gniadek is a prolifically talented singer-songwriter, performer, and businesswoman.

Gniadek trained in classical piano at the precocious age of 8 for nearly a decade before becoming a self-taught guitarist at 17. By then, her songwriting career had already begun. She credits her rush of ambition, security, and creativity to personal events that would never be apparent in such a young, fresh face: a near-death experience, failed relationships, and the confinement of an all-girls Catholic school system, in a similarly confining small town.

Through the voice of her life, Gniadek's songs are spellbinding in their unique blend of raw emotion and witty humor. Her soul-baring recordings are stripped pure to acoustic guitar and dream-like vocals, still aptly ringing with true distinction. Gniadek has the robust, velvety vocals like that of Norah Jones, but with the folk-pop elements of Anna Nalick and the quirky poeticism of Ingrid Michaelson. Her minimalist musical style and clever lyricism is unexpected even in someone mature beyond her years. 


Gniadek sings with an honest self-assuredness of a girl finding her way that is both charming and relevant.