Eighteen year old Christina Munsey, like many talented young singer / songwriters today, began singing at a very early age. Young talent isn’t a rare commodity these days but young talent with a distinguished voice, polished writing skills, poise, and a sense of self and determination isn’t commonplace. And in an era where having teams of people writing one single song is considered the norm, Munsey is her own team, writing effortless electro-pop melodies and lyrics that float along to her dreamy vocals and indie vibes. Her latest single, “habits,” with its haunting synthesizer and wistful, breathy vocals, will be out August 28, 2020.
Munsey released her very first song “Rose Gold” late last year with multi-talented producer, engineer, and songwriter Au Lune. Mystic Sons declared it “…a bold and euphoric electro-pop belter, with nods to Zedd.” Soon after, she released her five-track (and one interlude) debut EP, for me, or for you on March 6, 2020. The lead track “crystal skies,” with its layered textures and atmospheric melodies, electric guitar and high hats was featured on Spotify’s “Fresh Finds” Poptronix” playlist and received some stellar reviews. Lefuturewave proclaimed, “Munsey is one of the most promising acts of 2020….crystal skies has all the elements of a modern masterpiece.” Clout said, “CHRISTINA MUNSEY STUNS IN DEBUT SINGLE…” Caesar Live N Loud called out Munsey’s “…gorgeous, honeyed vocals…they soar effortlessly over the infectious electro-pop production… I can't stop listening to this song.” The Honey Pop said the songs were, “… beautifully crafted. From Christina’s breathtaking vocals to the melodious notes handcrafted together to form mind-blowing music…” and Reignland declared, “This incredible voice is shared with the heavy booming of the bass, drums and keyboard to make you take notice right away.”
Like all artists, Munsey has been influenced by other musicians growing up. She was introduced to Fleetwood Mac and Foreigner in her early teen years so when she began playing electric guitar (she also plays classical guitar and piano) she incorporated some vintage elements into her music. But over time, she started to curate her own sound with newer influences such as Halsey, Lennon Stella, and Billie Eilish. And although she is making her way through a very different musical landscape these days, Munsey continues to grow with each new song she crafts and with each new fan she gains. And with several collaborations in the works as well as new music on the way, she’s poised to have a very exciting 2021.
Munsey’s music comes from an internal, moody place based on personal experiences and draws inspiration from the world around her Raleigh, NC home – relationships, nature, shapes, storms, interesting sounds. “I’ve had many instances where I can’t figure out how I’m feeling about a situation and with no intention to write about it, it inevitably makes its way onto paper. That’s also why it’s so addicting, so cathartic. When feelings are all you have at first, it’s important to lay things out and get comfortable with saying them out loud. But when you craft them into actual sound, it’s a whole other level of contentment.” Finding inspiration has never been a hard thing for her. Melodies come into her head before lyrics, starting with a hum until they sound like she wants them to sound, then come the words, which she starts piecing together to form the lyrics and the phrases that form the song. “Sometimes I’ll be walking outside and listening to the sound of my shoes hitting the concrete, and I’ll hear a melody in my head and quickly reach for my phone to record it.”