“Say the word ‘pure’ and two things come to mind: a beer commercial from a Rocky Mountain stream and the voice of singer Judy Collins. Time to add Christine DeLeon to that list” says MorristownGreen.com’s Kevin Coughlin. With a voice often compared to the likes of Judy Collins, Dar Williams and Sean Colvin, Christine “delivers her own well-written songs and those of her folk contemporaries with charm and conviction," as proclaimed by Mike Agranoff of the Minstrel Concert Series in Morristown. He goes on to say "Her brilliant voice and artful songs have made her a local hero” which makes it easy to understand why she was chosen as a winner in the 2008 New Jersey Folk Festival Songwriting Competition and a three category nominee in the 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Awards. “Pure melody wore a smile and … had a presence that was bigger than the stage.” said Don Smith of the Fair Lawn Patch in 2010.
Christine has been quite successful crafting songs that stir the heart and its memories, from a young girl playing in a grandmother’s jewelry box to the perplexing tragedy of September 11. Her 2007 debut CD, January Hiding, was described by Ron Olesko of WFDU Radio as “a great, great CD … it’s like a good book you just want to cuddle up with.” Her 2012 CD called “More” offers much of what Christine does very well … clever songwriting, catchy melodies and toe-tapping arrangements built around a voice which Scott Sheldon of Sing Out! Magazine describes as "reminiscent of that of a young Judy Collins: Powerful, crystalline and assured." “It’s a delightful collection of catchy original tunes that showcase her crystal-clear vocals and nimble lyrical skills” proclaims Kevin Coughlin of Morristowngreen.com upon its release.
Christine’s extensive performance experience includes First Night Morris County (Morristown), Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club (Fair Lawn), Sanctuary Concerts (Chatham), Minstrel Concerts (Morristown), Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme (Hackettstown), Crossroads Coffeehouse (Flanders) Hillside Café (Nutley), Café Zed (West Orange), Sacred Bean Coffeehouse (Flanders), Acoustic Café (Park Ridge), Music Off Main (Hackettstown), Dragonfly Café (Sommerville), Fine Grind Coffeebar (Little Falls) and the Public Libraries of Rahway, Jefferson Township and Mountainside.
No stranger to wide media, Christine has been the honored guest of WNTI (Centenary College), WFDU (Fairleigh Dickinson University), WPRB (Princeton University), WRNJ (Hackettstown) and on the Folk Project cable television show, “Horse Sing None of It.”
Performances and workshops at Knowlton Riverfest (Delaware), the New Jersey Folk Festival (New Brunswick), Festival in the Borough (Washington), Sounds Around Town (Bernardsville), Madison Holiday Arts Festival (Madison) and the Folk Project Festival (Port Murray) have delighted festival audiences of all ages.
With skillful songwriting, impressive vocals and an unwavering connection with audiences of many musical tastes, Christine DeLeon has all the tools to get any performance job done exceptionally well.