Christine Whack is a native of the southern suburbs of Chicago who performs her own new genre defined as “Operatic Neo-Soul.” A poet, entrepreneur, visual artist and activist she has allowed herself to explore her most meaningful passions.
A singer-songwriter with a unique sound, a Masters of Music in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music provides the foundation for a voice that expands beyond opera offering reflections of neo-soul, jazz, European classical & Negro spirituals.
While performing and living in New York, California and Vienna Austria, Christine could be seen on stage at Ashford & Simpsons “Sugar Bar” performing her original songs like “Heavy Heart” or covering Jazz Standards.
On Dr. Maya Angelou’s Public Radio download "Telling Our Stories", Christine’s voice links the interviews of Oprah Winfrey, Kofi Annan, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson & Regina Taylor.
Early this year, Ms. Whack composed “Set Me Free” in collaboration with the work of world-renown visual artist and poet Gerald Griffin by setting his poetry to song with an unveiling of a provocative art installation.
As an activist, Christine brings a soulful message of nonviolence to listeners in a variety of musical styles on her maxi-single, “Unity: Put The Guns Down.”
With the collaboration of producers Spike Rebel and Ok!Christopher, she delivers an on time international message that goes beyond the excessive violence in the city of Chicago. Christine continues to bring musical attention to the fight against gun violence in Chicago and the world.
Christine has appeared on the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.'s, Rainbow PUSH Coalition's Saturday Morning Forum on The Word Network.
“Unity: Put The Guns Down” is Christine’s first 7-track maxi single now available on iTunes and in a total of 30 digital stores with TuneCore.
For future appearances and upcoming album releases please visit www.ChristineWhack.com.
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CHICAGO NEO-SOUL ARTIST RELEASES ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE SINGLE “UNITY PUT THE GUNS DOWN!!!”
(CHICAGO, IL) In a holiday weekend which was to commemorate the nation’s 238th birthday, the City of Chicago marked one of its bloodiest periods in recent memory.
At least 82 people were shot this past holiday weekend which included at least 14 fatalities. This is in addition to five shootings by Chicago Police in a 36 hour span. Two of those victims died according to local news reports.
One of those victims was a sixteen year old boy who was hiding from police underneath a parked car on the south side allegedly with a .38 caliber handgun. Nearly all who were killed were 35 years of age and younger…
With a call to break the city’s “cycle of gun-violence” Chicago’s “Operatic Neo-Soul” Singer-Songwriter Christine Whack has released the maxi-single entitled, “Unity Put The Guns Down,” with RCW Media Productions, Inc.
“We are in the midst of our new modern day social activist,” according to Jazz conversationalist & former WNUA personality Denise Jordan Walker. She describes Christine Whack’s presence in the music scene as “a positive vehicle to reach the cries of the community and the world, starting with her home city of Chicago.”
On May 9th, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched a new anti-violence initiative called “Put The Guns Down” in partnership with urban radio stations throughout the city. This announcement of the program came after a 12-hour period that saw at least 15 people wounded by gunfire.
Whack believes that music is the communicative art form that can deliver the message to change hearts and minds. “Certainly there are many societal issues that have a lot to do with more than just music. But hip-hop music is a lifestyle. Now, positive conscience music has to be the soundtrack of our lives and the baseline of communication for people of my generation. The constant message now has to be that the gun violence has to stop.”
“Unity Put The Guns Down” features 7 tracks. The original is a soulful R&B song produced by Spike Rebel who also joins Christine on their “Acoustic Duet”. The remixes are by Ok!Christopher, bringing an electronic hip hop feel to the maxi-single with his “Nite Time” & “Peace” remixes. The remaining tracks include two instrumentals and a special “a cappella” track available for DJ’s.
“Unity Put The Guns Down” is available on iTunes and with a total of 30 digital Tune Core affiliate stores.
The music video will be released later this summer on YouTube. A promotional CD will also be available in late July with a range of music from House, Neo-Soul, R&B to New Negro Spirituals & Spoken Word.
Christine’s first album release “Still Rising” will be due out in late 2014. For more information about Christine Whack, please visit her EPK (Electronic Press Kit) at www.ArtistCard.com/ChristineWhack.
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