Texas Chanteuse"...a woman who is part Edith Piaf, part cowgirl,
(all ways) wonderful."
New Texas MagazineChristine Albert's French grandmother lived in Paris and her mother was born in Switzerland, so she was surrounded by the French language and culture throughout her childhood. In a Santa Fe high school French class she discovered the music of Edith Piaf and the sounds of a Parisian café began to show up in the music of this country/folk singer-songwriter. Throughout her career she has continued to move naturally and gracefully between the genres.
Since the 1992 release of the bilingual "Texafrance", the 2003 follow up "Texafrance-Encore!" and 2008's "Paris, Texafrance", Christine Albert has been enchanting audiences with her Franco-Lone Star fusion described by The Austin American Statesman as "a waltz across Texas with Maurice Chevalier”. She has evolved into the consummate “Texas Chanteuse”, combining her musical influences from Texas to Paris, Haggard to Piaf. Dirty Linen Magazine commented that Christine “sings in an expressive soprano with just enough twang to make the Cajun/Texas flavor evident and just enough crispness to inhabit effectively the more Parisian of the tunes she chooses.”
When Ms. Albert released "Texafrance" in 1992, she had no idea that it would evolve into a series; she just knew she loved singing French music and her guitar player at the time, Mitch Watkins, was the perfect person to produce the music. A jazz musician with roots in rock and folk as well, Watkins created the perfect blend of the sophistication of French music and the honesty and purity of Texas.
"Texafrance-Encore!” was produced by Albert’s oft times duet partner Chris Gage and features a mixed bag of music, from the familiar "Mademoiselle de Paris" and jazz master Stephane Grapelli’s lively "Coucou" to the 18th-century ballad-turned-folk-song "Plaisir d’Amour".
“Paris, Texafrance” – the third in the “Texafrance” series - was again produced by Chris Gage. The CD includes songs by Albert’s inspiration, Edit Piaf, as well as tunes from Charles Trenet with English translations handled by Ms. Albert. The music is warm and acoustic and the character of a 100 year old Bechstein grand piano in Gage’s hands is the centerpiece. Ms. Albert’s voice has matured and “the possessor of one of the best and purest voices in Austin, Texas” (3rd Coast Magazine) shines on this outing.
Available as a duo to a five piece band, Christine Albert’s French Show moves gracefully between French and English. She covers songs by French icons Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and Charles Trenet, as well as American standards with French translations, including “The Man I Love”, “Autumn Leaves” and “Let It Be Me”. A touch of swing...a couple of original country heartbreak songs with a French chorus or two...some cajun grooves...Chuck Berry's "C'est La Vie"...Christine Albert pushes beyond a typical cabaret act to present a show that honestly reflects the class and charisma of this cowgirl chanteuse. In 1999 Christine and her band performed on stage with Ballet Austin in Stephen Mills' ballet "Red Roses", choreographed to the music of Edith Piaf. She sells out an annual romantic Valentine’s celebration in Austin, Texas and has performed her French Show at The San Angelo Museum of Art, Houston International Festival, The Texas French Symposium/San Antonio, Texas A&M University at Kingsville, Austin Community College, The Blanton Museum of Art, The French Legation, The Brackenridge Hospital Foundation Dinner and at numerous other private and public events.
The Austin Chronicle said that “hearing Albert singing 'La Vie en Rose' was as memorable as any moment this writer recalls. Her voice floated - the song's lyrical beauty free and dancing in the ether.” This is the perfect music for a sophisticated event or concert setting, whether you are in Paris, in Texas, or in Paris, Texas.