"If Wynonna and Dolly had a Love Child" Country Weekly - Ken Tucker
"Say hello to the new Dolly!" Country Weekly - Bob Paxman
That's what Country Weekly Magazine had to say when highly acclaimed journalist Bob Paxman named Christy McDonald,
“The to one to watch.”
Since her appearance on the USA Network the Tabor City native has found herself in the spotlight.Thanks to the buzz generated from the show and coverage in media outlets ranging from Star Magazine and Access Hollywood to CMT Canada and GAC TV with Storme Warren,
Christy found herself on the fast track. Her radio debut on the legendaryWSM-AMGrand Ole Opry program with Bill Cody garnered rave reviews and her busy touring schedule all over the USA, and even Canada have created an enthusiastic and loyal fan base that eagerly await Christy’s first major label release.
This early success allowed Christy to quit her “day job” as a receptionist at Warner Bros Records to pursue her dream. Booking and managing her own tour, Christy headlined many performances while also opening forartists like Montgomery Gentry, Hank Jr., Trace Adkins, Mark Collie, and John Michael Montgomery among others.
McDonald’s musical journey led her to an extended stay in Canada where she continued to hone her craft, develop a wider fan base, and share the stage with artists
ranging from Martina McBride to Lionel Ritchie. Wherever McDonald
plays, her shows end with a familiar scene, fans lining up
to purchase her CD’s and DVD’s and chat with Christy, who is always upbeat and accommodating with her fans.
Christy signed a production deal in 2006 with Music Row veteran, Ree Guyer Buchanan of Wrensong Publishing, who had
a big hand in the careers of recording artists: Jon Randall, Ashley Monroe, The Pistol Annies, and actor-turned-singer, John
Corbett (Sex in the City). Since then, she has had the pleasure of
working with platinum producer, Nathan Chapman - Taylor Swift’s
producer, and co-writing with some of Nashville's and
LA's most accomplished songwriters. \u2028
In 2009, Christy signed with Curb Records and Curb Publishing.
She has been in the studio, working on original material for her new album. Doug Johnson and Jim Ed Norman are co-producing McDonald’s album. Johnson, Former Head of A&R at Curb and Norman, producer of such greats as Hank Jr., Anne Murray, and The Eagles, bring a wealth of experience and music industry savvy to this much-anticipated project. Ironically, it was Jim Ed Norman who hired Christy to be the receptionist at Warner,
her first job out of college, – that’s Nashville!
In addition to touring, McDonald has enjoyed many other highlights, such as singing the National Anthem for 73,000 NFL fans; providing background vocals on Hank Williams Jr’s, I’m With You CD; performing on the Muzik Mafia stage at John Rich’s(Big & Rich) request; performing at the CMT festival; and selflessly performing at dozens of community and charity events in
support of Human Rights, Cancer Research, Miller Harris,
Christmas for Kids, Lungapalooza @ Duke University's Duke Gardens.
In 2010, Christy began working with the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s renowned Words and Music program. Christy visits schools on behalf of the Museum, singing songs written by Metro Nashville school children, encouraging them to continue writing songs to express their feelings and tell their unique stories. Much to the students’ delight, McDonald always honors their requests to finish the show with one of her original numbers. Watching Christy’s magical effect on these children,
it is not surprising to learn that Christy’s mother was a teacher.
Not only did Christy learn how to motivate children to believe
in their gifts, she also learned the importance of “giving back.”
2011 Christy Made History with the Historic Country Hall of Fame
& Museum by being the first featured Artist with the "Words & Music Program" to be Web Casted Live from the Hall.
2012 Christy was asked to perform at the Famous FORD THEATER with Diamond Rio in honor of the children they had co-written songs with during the year. During that performance a rep. for Southwest Airlines was in the audience and loved Christy's original song "Island Time". Shortly after her performance was turned into an online
Southwest Airlines Commercial.
2013 Christy was asked to perform at the Ford Theater with
Gretchen Wilson. Watch below http://www.youtube.com/ceeceemusictv
After caring for her mother in the wake of her recent double lung transplant, Christy began volunteering her talents and time to Duke Hospital & University’s “Lung Transplant Foundation”. In addition to the recent benefit concert she’s Headlines at Duke Gardens, Christy regularly visits with transplant patients and their families.
Her optimism, sense of humor, and genuine kindness raise the patients’ spirits and help them to see that anything is possible; they just have to believe. Listening to Christy tell a funny story about growing up in the tiny town of Tabor City, North Carolina, or hearing her sing about the joy of love or
the sorrow of heartbreak or the lessons we learn along the way,
Christy McDonald will make a believer out of you.
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