For Your Consideration
57th Grammy® Awards
All music and lyrics by Christina Gaudet. Copyright holder. All rights reserved worldwide, BMI.
Gaudet rips up the script, with elements of Classic Rock and Evanescence Style!!
Rockin' the 57th! YES!!! Review of 'Wild Things' by: Arun Shenoy. GRAMMY Nominated Producer ~ "An incredibly powerful record that reaches into the greatness and depth of what rock and roll has to offer. The music has you grooving hard from the time you hit play right up to the end. From the music on my favorite track "Burn" to the more Judas Priest styled vibe on "Hurricane" ; to "Acadia" with the more Americana style vibe and the good old rock and roll on tracks like "Love Drive", the album just keeps evolving as it plays on. The Gospel styled harmony vocals and superb bluesy guitar and organ performance on "Change" to the wicked use of the synth melodies on "Like You do", Excellent! "Higher Power" brings the album to a beautiful close, and then I start all over again. Great fiddle and violin work too and of course, an amazing vocal performance by Gaudet" ~ Arun Shenoy. GRAMMY Nominated Producer https://www.facebook.com/#!/ArunShenoyMusic
Real energy attitude, great vocals and guitar riffs abound throughout this album. The songwriting is excellent throughout this album and I bet it sounds great live. The whole album is the strength of melody in the songwriting and Christina definitely has a style of her own. Like You Do which is very strong and, one of my favorites I could easily imagine being used in a soundtrack and I could easily imagine Music Supervisors appreciating. A great album that will see more plays in my car over the coming months. Well done Christina! ~ Trevor Sewell, Blues Historian at SPP Publishing, UK, Hollywood Music Award Recipient, NARS Voting Member
Going back to my roots of Classic Rock music 'Wild Things' by Christina Gaudet is just that .... this is a no hold bared explosion of enduring talent and a true testament to her professionalism and honesty to her genre ... so many times while listening to this I heard so many voices I thought I was listening to from the past and finally arrived to resolve - This is Christina Gaudet and I like her. This is a true in your car with windows open racing down the highway with the music blasting out of the vehicle, and me in the car screeching at the top of my lungs playing the drums on the steering wheel. I wish only the Best of things this G Season and the future Christina - I truly love where this takes me to or back. ~ Randall at dexterchordmusic, NARS Voting Member
Don't let the lovely face and creamy complexion fool you. Christina Gaudet ROCKS! Her new CD, "Wild Things" is truly WILD! Her powerful voice charges through each song, and her vocals are spot on. Excellent back-up vocals add to the depth of the arrangements. Guitars, fiddles, horns, organs, and other instruments show off Christina's New Orleans roots. Her songwriting is imaginative and excellent! WOW! Christina is one of a kind! If you like female rock, you must have this CD. If you don't like female rock, then get "Wild Things," and you WILL become a fan! Excellent CD! Loved it! ~ Sue Straw, NARS Voting Member
"Christina is like a mixture of Janis Joplin, Joss Stone and Mary Chapin Carpenter all rolled into one! I hope she gets the Grammy's attention with this album!" --Ryan Cole ~ Writer at Nashville Enterprises, NARS Voting Member
"This twelve tracks CD is excellent! Christina Gaudet is exciting and original! You just have to listen to "Wild Things" by Christina Gaudet. This CD is a fabulous listening experience. My next move is to listen from the top "one more time...right now"!!"
--Monty Guy ~ NARS Voting Member
"Its nice to know there are a few artists out there that can still deliver music that will make your jaw hit the floor while plucking your heart strings at the same time. Gaudet - she is a premier talent that makes this whole experience special. Her voice is intoxicating! After hearing her music I must say she's the quintessential vocalist/artist the world needs right now. I dont say stuff like that often!"
--MUSIC EMISSIONS MAGAZINE, UK ~ Michael Morrison
"Gaudet commands an advanced to elite singing and songwriting ability. The strongest aspect of the production is the soulful feel you get from Gaudet and her band. The Songs will remind you of Sara Bareilles, Missy Higgins, Lea Michele, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, and Melissa Ferick. I kept waiting for a weak song to come - I eventually gave up on that! .. powerful and at times explosive album with amazing stories that possess incredible and impassioned highs and lows. The music will sizzle your ears into submission! Trust me when I say this stuff can't be faked! Listening to the “Wild Things” by Christina Gaudet will open your eyes to the possibilities of what could be when a great artist decides to take us back to our traditional Rock n' Roll roots!
--INDIE SHARK MUSIC CRITIC ~ Ricky Farmer
"Gaudet can sing like nobody’s business. Her voice has an amazing warm and likeability factor but is powerful like Ann Wilson. Gaudet has delivered on “Wild Things” and it almost feels as if she’s on to something, well special. Gaudet is obviously experienced at performing and writing powerful music, but it’s the combination of all of the above that makes her so deadly. ..conservative and painfully simple yet brilliant in scope .. they make it look so easy. Bravo to Gaudet for being herself, going against the pop grain and releasing powerful music!"
--INDIE MUSIC ARTIST DIGITAL MUSIC RADIO NETWORK ~ Tori Lane
"A stellar performance! The fact that her vocal delivery has been compared to both the soulful croon of Annie Lennox and to the legendary wail of Janis Joplin is a testament to her impressive adaptability. Right away I can hear vocal comparables to Celine Dion, Lara Fabian, Birdy. Lana Del Ray, and Digby. Since were on the subject I can also hear traces of Erin McCarley, Idina Menzel, Anna Nalick, A Fine Frenzy and Venessa Carlton. Whether you like electronic pop, alternative rock sensibilities or a hard rock staple, rest assured Christina Gaudet is making her presence known in an otherwise commercial myriad of soulless clutter!"
--INDIE ARTIST ALLIANCE MAGAZINE ~ Norman Wellington
"Intelligent lyrics and heart-stopping melodies lines are at the heart of her music! Gaudet’s spin on life through her music and possesses a very accessible signature sound! Christina Gaudet is an artist worth watching!"
--ROCK N' ROLL REVIEW ~ Lizzy Allen
"Gaudet reminds me of Linda Rondstadt, Lucinda Williams, Allison Krauss, Maria Muldar and Rory Block. On “Wild Things” her latest and greatest release Gaudet delivers! Gaudet’s unique voice – all at the sonic center of it all!"
--ALL WHATS ROCK ~ Norman Fuller
“Wild Things” by Christina Gaudet is truly a highlight release with some incredible moments that portray true grit & emotion that will sure to evoke strong reactions from many. The amazing vocal and songwriting finesse just bring the whole thing together via her charm and charisma".
--GIG BAND MAGAZINE ~ Joanne Worley
"The music reminds me of a combination between Dokken, Heart, Bonnie Tyler, Evanescence and even Lita Ford. On the other side of the sonic spectrum I can even hear Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Susan Tedeschi, Shelby Lynne, Lucinda Williams, Allison Krauss. From start to finish, “Wild Things’ brings the mojo. Let me go on record by saying Christina Gaudet Rocks the house.!"
--INDIE MUSIC DIGEST ~ Cyrus Rhodes
INDIE MUSIC DIGEST ~ INTERVIEW with Cyrus Rhodes
"She captures that classic rock-Pop sound - like the legendary band Heart. Christina Gaudet proves she is a musical force to be reckoned with!"
--VENTS MAGAZINE ~ RJ Frometa, Head Honcho, Editor in Chief
" "All 12 tracks provide an intensely exhilarating experience that can tingle the senses into submission!"
--SCOPE MAGAZINE ~ Janne Zawa
"Gaudet has a rebellious rock and roll side to her music that brings to mind Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Heart!"
-- Alec Cunningham
"Gaudet sounds like Bonnie Raitt sitting in with the Meters!"
--Nick DeRiso (4 out of 5 Stars)
Gaudet begins by unleashing a hard-rock edge, adding some serious attitude. Gaudet sounds like Bonnie Raitt sitting in with the Meters! In between, you’ll find the ever-intriguing, always complex creative heart belonging to Christina Gaudet! ...........
Christina Gaudet grew up in New Orleans, but Wild Things isn’t dominated by that good-time heritage. Instead, Gaudet begins by unleashing a hard-rock edge, adding some serious attitude to a bubbling gumbo of influences that includes R&B grooves, big city theater work, smart pop sensibilities and singer-songwriterly lyrics. Every time you think you have Gaudet’s new album pinned down, it finds a way to squirm out and surprise.
The title track, for instance, storms out with a nasty guitar riff courtesy of guitarist Dave Rockower, something as tough and aggressive as her 2010 project Solid Gold – save for its trio of collaborations with Big Easy legend Allen Toussaint – had been dreamy and Cocteau Twins-esque. A smart rhythm section featuring Eric Johnson and Nate Stevens, on drums and bass respectively, provide a rumbling landscape for Gaudet’s searching vocal.
But Gaudet, who subsequently established her music career in New York City and still plies her trade (as a singer, actor, producer, booker, and do-anything songwriter) there, isn’t about to stuff herself into any mix-and-match category. She’s neither a round peg, a pop peg, a rock peg or a square peg. That’s a credit both to her own fizzy vision for Wild Things, but also to her regular working band on this – her 11th original release. They push the pedal down early and keep it there on the title song, but then impressively dial it back for a mid-tempo number like “World Wide Love,” which makes an impassioned plea for understanding on an ever-more-complicated planet.
Wild Things does, of course, reference Gaudet’s deep-seated roots in Louisiana, from the shag-carpeted funk of “Burn” – which neatly replaces the 1960s “age-of-aquarius” saw with an “age of amazing” update – to the fiddle-driven “Acadia” (featuring Skye Steele, and a hat-tip to Cajun roots music) to the unabashedly Toussaint-ish joys of “Raw” to “Hurricane,” a song of stoic uplift which references the awful storm that swept across her hometown. It’s intriguing, though, that “Hurricane” eventually ramps up into a crunchy groove, with Rockouer, Johnson and Stevens creating a lock-step cadence for Gaudet to improvise over. In the end, this hurricane wasn’t Katrina, but something a lot more commonplace in relationships.
Steele returns for “Love Drive,” which combines a greasy rhythmic underpinning with a shotgun shack-rattling downhome attitude. Then there’s “Wave,” a song that’s powered forward by an arena-rock chorus and yet makes room for a very modern vocal loop. Gaudet, again, proves to be beyond easy categorization. “Face to Face,” with its gently rolling musical signature and friendly admonishments toward activism, would have fit in perfectly on any number of turn-of-the-1970s folkie albums. “Change” later dabbles in scalding blues rock, though Gaudet sticks with the same theme – making an emotional call for involvement in making a difference, complete with rollicking, gospel-inflected encouragement from background singers Jessie Rae Waltz and Ruby Collins. But then you have “Higher Power,” a perfectly attenuated pop confection – though, in keeping with this album’s broader narratives, one that finds Gaudet attempting to figure a way out of the modern world’s ennui via a force outside of ourselves.
“Like You Do,” on the other hand, blends an itchy kind of keyboard funk with a sultry city blues approach on the mic. During this track’s initial scene-setting moments, Gaudet sounds like Bonnie Raitt sitting in with the Meters – and, a quick check of the liner notes frames that comparison. <i>Wild Things</i> was recorded – wouldn’t you know it? – both at Earthtone studios in New York City and at SeaSaint and Oak Street in New Orleans. Somewhere in between, you’ll find the ever-intriguing, always complex creative heart belonging to Christina Gaudet. - Reviewer: Nick DeRiso - Rating: Four stars
"Gaudet rips up the script, with elements of Classic Rock and Evanescence Style!"
With Wild Things, Gaudet has a rebellious rock and roll side to her music that brings to mind similar acts such as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Heart! Gaudet is a soulful rocker. Her music is edgy and exciting. You can tell she’s passionate about what she does, and that’s always a great thing to witness within an artist’s work. Gaudet has been doing this for a while, and she knows how to supply her work with the bounty of flavor it demands……
While musician Christina Gaudet has released numerous albums in the past, the latest work of hers is a twelve-track album titled Wild Things. Since Gaudet has managed to place a number of albums under her belt over the years it shouldn’t surprise you that this singer is familiar with the stage. But it may come as a shock to you that the music stage is not the only stage she has done work on. This jack of all trades also happens to be an experienced Broadway actress and a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
To open up her album, Gaudet chose her title track. With this track especially, she has a rebellious rock and roll side to her music that brings to mind similar acts such as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Heart. The song introduces the album in a way that is able to engage listeners and keep them interested in the rest of the release. Her music is edgy and exciting, and she dabbles within a number of different genres throughout these twelve tracks. If you happen to be any type of fan of 80’s rock and roll, you’re sure find interest in this album. It isn’t all about hard rock, however - there are other aspects that make up Gaudet’s sound. For instance, a number of her songs include a violin or a fiddle, such as “Acadia” and “Love Drive.”
After spending more than twenty years within the music business, it’s clear to see that Gaudet has a strong grasp on what type of music she wants to deliver. All of her music and lyrics have been written by Gaudet herself. With that being said, there are also a total of eight other musicians that contribute to her album. She has a maturity to her sound that cannot be easily reproduced, and the fact that she has also recently become a voting member of the Grammy’s also has a lot to say about her knowledge of music.
The fact that Gaudet grew up in New Orleans plays perhaps the most pivotal role in her music. Songs like “Raw” and “Like You Do,” which are especially soulful, do well to exemplify her upbringing and her ensuing inspiration. The electric guitar is also a very important aspect of her music. Each of her songs seem to be molded around her guitar, which is put on something of a pedestal and complements her song compositions and vocals well.
Gaudet is a soulful rocker, and her enthusiasm for music shines through in her work. She has obviously put a good deal of her own ideas and emotions within her music. What illustrates this fact most easily is that she has interwoven politically- and religiously-driven songs into this release. These songs, such as “World Wide Love,” “Change,” and “Higher Power,” can be found almost every other track. Mostly, these songs speak to things such as the hope of changing the world for the better or and how believing in a higher power can set you free.
You can tell she’s passionate about what she does, and that’s always a great thing to witness within an artist’s work. Some of the most impressive and catchiest tracks are “Wild Things,” “Burn,” and “Like You Do.” There is a lot to be found within Wild Things. There is not simply one type of sound, nor is there only a single subject matter addressed. Gaudet has been doing this for a while, and she knows how to supply her work with the bounty of flavor it demands.
Christina Gaudet has done it all. A veteran of Broadway (Staggerlee, Tales From Manhattan) and off-Broadway productions (Randy Newman’s <i>Middle of Nowhere), Gaudet has also recorded and or performed with the likes of Allen Toussaint, Ruth Brown and Leiber and Stoller. With eight prior albums under her belt, Gaudet enters 2014 on the strength of a new song cycle entitled Wild Things.
Christina Gaudet rips up the script on Wild Things, kicking things off with the vibrant title track. Elements of classic rock and Evanescence style glam collide here with delicious results. The energy here is intense, and Gaudet avoids any sense of cliché.
Christina Gaudet finds her footing early on Wild Things, Gaudet is at her best in the high powered rockers, The effort is strong, and the outcome is solid. ~ Three Stars ~ Widly Haskel, Music Critic
Wild Things, Rock Album!
Thank you Global Music Awards!
And Congratulations to all the other winners!
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