Christina Blust is a singer-songwriter born in Northern Kentucky and currently residing in Terre Haute, Indiana. Accomplished at piano, guitar, accordion and the occasional tin whistle, tambourine or whatever else is lying around, Christina loves to write songs but hates writing biographies.
While a student at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Christina received the prestigious "Ray of Hope" award in 2006 for her performance of two original songs in the show Voices for Change.*
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"Blust's songs are often strikingly beautiful, with full-band material followed by pensive meditations on guitar and piano under a poet's imagery."
-Mark Stalcup, "Blustery Sound," Terre Haute Living, Jan/Feb 2009
"Her philosophies and visions get deft, gentle musical support, built on her intricate tunes and arrangements. Blust’s voice is sweetly inviting, especially when the accompaniment — by a solid team of backing musicians — is most bare. ... With her bundle of artistic talents, Blust has crafted an engaging, pretty debut album."
-Mark Bennett, "Soulful contemplation: Words transcend lyrics on Terre Haute singer-songwriter's first full-length album," The Tribune Star, November 5, 2009
"Great lyrical imagery and delivery. ... It's a really fine project all the way around...writing, performance, production, cover design....very complete and stylistically defined."
-Dr. Brent McPike, Indiana State University
"It’s an amazing album. First, she’s got a wonderful voice, and you add to that some really substantial songwriting ability, and that’s a combination that’s really hard to beat."
-Don Arney, qtd. in "Musician’s Wabash Valley influences flow through her debut album," The Tribune Star, October 28, 2009
"Blust ... assumes an elegant, poised posture as she strums and begins to sing. Her voice sneaks out of the back of her throat and sounds like a precocious smile as the group attentively tap their feet."
-Jimmy Jenkins, Terre Haute Living, Fall 2009
"Christina Blust almost felt a sense of destiny last December when she decided to learn the accordion. 'It just kind of made sense to me,' said Blust. ... The addition of accordion bits on her upcoming album — which she’s recording in the southern Vigo County studios of Don Arney — sets Blust apart from her contemporaries."
"You've got this Lisa Loeb/Angelina Jolie thing going on, I dig that. And I used to sit alone in bars and write too, because I didn't have any communication skills either."
-Unfortunate guy at the bar after a gig
*"Prestigious" used rather loosely in this context, to describe a small piece of a 2x4, painted black, and written on with gold glitter marker. Sparkly.