Christie Lenée was recently awarded First Place in the 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. She is a captivating performer with a devoted following among both instrumental, folk and rock band audiences. Combining guitar virtuosity, lyrical storytelling and passion for positivity, she elevates crowds with blissful inspiration and a fire of musicality.
Christie’s unique guitar work and profound instrumental compositions are well described as ‘Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews.’ Her lyrics are consciously uplifting, powerful and stick in your head as soon as you hear them. With a menu of percussive and sonic effects, and larger than life sounding instruments, her solo shows are said to embody an entire universe of music.
Christie’s pieces have been showcased at the NAMM Show in Anaheim and Nashville, live on National Television and Radio, on stage with artists such as Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band), Andy McKee, Tommy Emmanuel, Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls and Stanley Jordan to name a few. Her most recent album “STAY” was one of three finalists for “Best CD of 2016” (Indie Acoustic Project Awards), including the song “Love Who You Are” nominated for a 2016 Posi Award in the category “Songs for Personal Transformation.”
Gabriela da Silva
Gabriela da Silva, Rochester Hills, started playing the violin at the age of 6. She studied previously with Nathan Spix and is currently under the tutelage of the Oakland Youth Orchestra’s Symphony conductor–Mr. Zeljko Milicevic. She will be entering her fifth season with the Oakland Youth Orchestra this fall and was OYO’s 2017 First Place String Solo Competition Winner.
Gabriela loves people, family and music. She has been educated in both English and Brazilian Portuguese. Along with her sisters, and father, she often entertains at nursing homes and community events. She is currently in 7th grade, enjoys tennis, dancing, lots of popcorn and has recently shown a growing interest in interior design.
OYO’s Symphony conductor and Silva’s current teacher, Mr. Zeljko Milicevic, has high praises for her, “Gabriela is an energy filled young person who possesses a beautiful dose of talent. Musicality comes to her naturally and she’s a joy to work with due to her being extremely disciplined and her thoughtful practice techniques.”