Christine Leakey

Posted by Christopher Rudder

Once upon a music time, a 10 month baby named Christine began to whistle. Then at 3, she sang made up songs to her dog. She took piano from a belching nun at 9, and taught herself guitar at 22.

Since then, Christine has formed bands, written hundreds of songs, appeared on radio and TV, toured, recorded and produced her own music, collaborated with other recording artists, released her music on a label in Europe and in an award winning documentary.

After the dissolution of her bands, Christine began to focus on her solo work with a goal to record a full length album. She had shared the stage with a variety of acts ranging from chamber music to mainstream like Ween, Junior Kimbrough and Iggy Pop. Iggy’s reaction to her performance at the Detroit State Theatre was, “Wow, wow, wow!” While things were looking promising musically along with some recording offers, everything came to a halt when an injury left Christine unable to play guitar.

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"Lovely" by: Christine Leakey
 
Christine is now back on her musical path and ready to release her debut solo album, Tapping Trees in a Trinket Box of Treasure. Its lush cinematic, dreamy, pop elements put a fresh spin on fusion that beg a new definition with every listen.

Her album features a variety of prominent musicians from classical, folk, pop, jazz and world music background's including Maurizio Guarini (Goblin), Linda Ronstadt's Artistic Director and Pianist Jon Gilutin, 60's EMI/Abbey Road Studios veteran Mark Wirtz, and many others.

In addition to the album featuring a whole array of organic wind, reed, string and world instruments, this album also features a very rare collection of vintage and museum quality keyboards including the Chamberlin, Mellotron, Optigan, Orchestron and ARP 2600.

"Tapping Trees in a Trinket Box is what would happen if Karen Carpenter went into outer space with Tom Waits and gave birth to Syd Barrett."

CR: I wanna thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with me and Rogue Magazine’s Hearing Aid . How Are You?

Christine Leakey: Staying healthy! :) And thank you for the invite! 

CR:...iiight lets do this!!! Aside from music and what is written in your bio, tell us something about you that your fans don’t know.

Christine Leakey: Since the age of seven I have been an avid waterskier during our Canadian summer months. (For years while skiing I would sing at the top of my lungs thinking no one could hear me over the boat motor. Had I not been completely oblivious to the fact that sound travels quite well over water, my shy disposition growing up may have prevented me from belting it out! teehee) In later years, I was training for competitive level slalom but quickly realized that my non-competitive nature wasn't enjoying this training and so I chose to keep slalom a leisure pleasure. I need to pay some carbon points for that guilty pleasure… 

CR: So...At what point in your life did you know you wanted to pursue a musical career and realize that you had what it takes to succeed in the messed up industry.

Christine Leakey: Maybe when I first whistled at 10 months of age. Or while making up silly or melancholic songs during my childhood and would tape them in layers from one tape recorder to another and would sometimes imagine performing on a surreal merry go round. Possibly during college when all I seemed to cross paths with were musicians from the city of Hamilton who proclaimed to have the most guitar players in North America per capita. Perhaps right after college when I decided to teach myself guitar and form bands. All along, I was just doing what made me happy by expressing myself in ways that were completely natural for me and the way I was raised in a small, beautiful, inspiring, and at times very provincial town. A town that gave me oodles of room for developing