Christine Lavin bio

Christine Lavin is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/recording artist living in New York City.  On November 25th she is releasing her 21st solo album, IF YOU'RE DRUNK YOU CANNOT BUY A PUPPY.  

In December 2013 she co-produced her tenth compilation CD JUST ONE ANGEL v2.0 showcasing the holiday songs of 19 songwriters whose work she loves. The food-themed compilaiion One Meat Ball, includes a 96-page cookbook that Christine edited.  For four years she hosted "Slipped Disks" on xm satellite radio, playing CDs slipped to her backstage by compatriots, and is the occasional guest host for the City Folk Sunday Breakfast Show on WFUV-FM at Fordham University.  She also  writes freelance for various publications (including The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The St. Petersburg Times, The Performing Songwriter, and Delta "Sky" Magazine).  Her song "Amoeba Hop" was turned into a science/music book by illustrator Betsy Franco Feeney (Puddle Jump Press), received the stamp of approval from The International Society of Protistologists, and a "Best Book Award" from the American Association for The Advancement of Science.

Betsy and Christine have collaborated again on HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, a children's book with CD that tells the story of an oil spill with an emphasis on clean, alternative energy.  More than 50 singers from around the world are included on the CD.  That book was crowd-funded by Kickstarter and is currently looking a publisher.

The book THE PLUTO FILES:  THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA'S FAVORITE PLANET, written by Neil deGrasse Tyson, head of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC, includes the complete lyrics to Christine's song "Planet X," which details Pluto's history and planetary status debate in rhyme.  The book is published by W.W. Norton.   And Christine got a "D" in Astronomy in college (see kids? You CAN make up for the mistakes of your youth).

Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond (Australia, Germany, Israel), and hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show.  Songs of hers have been performed by artists as diverse as Broadway stars Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster, and David Burnham, cabaret divas Andrea Marcovicci. Barbara Brussell, and Colleen McHugh, the college a cappella Dartmouth Decibelles, and The Accidentals, winners of the National Harmony Sweepstakes championship.

Her book,  COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA??  is available in paperback, kindle, iPad, and audio book formats. Just One Angel, her first holiday compilation project, (22 artists, 22 Christmas/Hanukah/Solstice/New Year's songs) became a four-artist west coast tour that hit the road in December of 2011, 2012, and 2013.

AWARDS:  Christine received a 2012 NYC Nightlife Award given annually to the best concert and cabaret performers.  In November 2011 her book COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? won the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in non-fiction writing about pop music.  Christine has also won five ASCAP composer awards, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best NYC Singer/Songwriter Of The Year, The Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and her album Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind won Album Of The Year from the National Association Of Independent Record Distributors.  

LATEST PROJECTS: Christine started creating videos for her songs in 2011, and now creates them for other artists (Robyn Landis, John Margolis, Don White, Honor Finnegan, Craig Werth).  She has many posted at youtube and vimeo.  This one:  http://www.vimeo.com/28256675 won a weekly contest on WNET in NYC and was broadcast on Channel 13 in NYC. Her Mom grew the roses, Christine snapped the photos.  Make sure you play it to the very end -- what's at the end no doubt helped this video win.

updated 3 weeks ago