Photograph courtesy of Cristina Arrigoni
Bettye LaVette performing my song co-written by Brian Mitchell "Step Away" LIve Mystic Petaluma 3/7/15
Bettye LaVette's New Album Worthy Now available ...She also gives an unknown her due with the horn-kissed R&B of “Step Away,” written by up-and-comer Christine Santelli.
"When Christine Santelli sings you can see the pain, the joy, the passion, and the experience of all women in the world all at one time. Its' deep. It's soulful. And its meaningful. She has the wisdom of the ages in her voice and you can see it right there on her face. She's a revelation."-Willie Nile
“Christine Santelli song of the year songwriting Step Away lyric contest The Song of the Year songwriting contest has awarded Christine Santelli the Runner Up placement in the song contest. Song of the Year receives entries from all over the world and only the top songwriters receive a Runner Up placement in the songwriting competition. ”
Bettye LaVette covering my song "OLD" live at WFUV, from the album "More Thankful More Thoughtful"
Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat Magazine (nov 2009)
"That special blend of maturity, musical prowess, and magic. It doesn't come around very often, but she's got it. She's got it good."
"The diversity of musical styles keep you glued from the first track to the last"
Roger Z , More Sugar
"They maybe sitting on a powder keg when the world finds out ..."
David McGee, Bluegrassspecial.com
"Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow. This is what panties smell like after an engine rebuild."
"A solid roots rock winner"
Rick Anderson, All music guide
"lush vocals, confident guitar licks, and vibrant storytelling, one tumbles into her world, which is richly hypnotic"
Diana Schwaeble, Hudson Current
"This performer shines like a diamond polished by years of experience"
Mr Lucky, cede.ch
Chris Spector, Midwest Records
"The back beat driven "Butterfly and Beatle-esque "Any Better Time" are first class classics in the making."
David Malachowski, Daily Freeman
"Her deep, dark voice will take you on a joy ride and not let go. This is one talented lady!"
Ear Inn Favorite place on Earth Midnight-3am
Heather Hardy and Christine Santelli return to Ruthies, new songs new harmonies.