On a flickering analogue TV set in the 1980s, a small girl sat in her living room in suburbia, mesmerised by the closing scenes of a short film made by her father. As the camera panned out, she heard what would become a familiar and beloved sound. The ringing out of those iconic chords we know as 'Don't Dream It's Over' by Crowded House. The film, the song, and the enthralling story of how her father obtained the rights to use it began a love affair with music, the screen and the mystery of songwriting.
Christine Jane's unique sound is self described as 'cinematic blues'. She has been compared to artists who share her love of storytelling, darkness and the enigma of song such as Nick Cave, Cat Power, Beck, Feist, Fiona Apple, Tom Waits, and Neil Finn. She is haunted by the voices of yesteryear: Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield. Her songs are deeply personal and reflect on loss, love, listlessness, and the shadows of despair. Each can be a world unto itself, collaging sound, mood and substance depending on the character she inhabits.
Christine Jane cut her teeth in Sydney, collaborating and performing with an eclectic range of artists such as Jack Moffitt (The Preatures), Eliot Fish (Big Heavy Stuff), The Hoodoo Gurus, Peter Fenton (CROW, The Tall Grass), The Johnnys, The Apartments, Steve Clisby and more.
Recently she has toured with Claire Anne Taylor, Ainé Tyrell, Broke House, Allensworth, Plazza and runs a monthly folk night in Sydney called FOR FOLK SAKE in an enchanted rooftop garden.
Her debut EP SINNERS COME & GO was released in 2012 and is filled with dark poetry and eclectic sounds.
Her follow up single MAKE BELIEVE sends you to a smoky Spanish dive bar with its raw sensuality. Released in 2013, it’s available for free at Bandcamp.
In 2014 Christine ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to record her first full length record.
Produced by Josh Schuberth (Josh Pyke, Lenka, Shane Nicholson, Judah Kelly), H E A D M I L E S was released in 2015 to glowing reviews and national airplay on ABC radio and community radio around the country.
The lead single from H E A D M I L E S ‘In This Night’ spent four weeks in the national top ten of the AMRAP Community Radio charts in 2016, reaching number 3.
“Christine Jane not only has a voice that stops you in your tracks, but she is a great songwriter as well. H E A D M I L E S was one of my favourite local releases last year and I look forward to her future efforts. Definitely one to watch.” – Paul Gough, The Inside Sleeve, ABC Radio National
“Impeccably produced, world-class songwriting, all topped off with THAT voice!! Everything about this album is stunning!” – Shane Nicholson (ARIA & Golden Guitar award-winning singer, songwriter and producer)
Christine composes music for film and television and is currently working on her third record SONGS FOR BLEEDING HEARTS.