Christina Castle


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April 19, 2019

Christina Castle Shares "Crazy Lover" Track Feat. Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia) On HipHopDX | Single Out Today On All DSPs

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January 25, 2019

Christina Castle Shares 'Chapter 1' EP, Out Today On All DSPs | Announces March Tour With Max Frost + Mikey Mike

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BIOGRAPHY

"Full of poignant reflection and intelligent storytelling, not to mention the sensational melodies and singing, the collection is a powerful statement for this ambitious pop star." - The 405

Born Christina Parie in Castle Hill, Australia, the 22 year old sounds wise beyond her years in “Penny Lane” because she’s already spent nearly a decade in the spotlight. Today, Castle looks her age but carries herself with a defiant air that lends her a notable maturity. Starting out on Australian national TV at age 14, she was subsequently signed to Warner, dropped of out high school, and began her music career. Only a few years later, however, she had the rug pulled out from under her when the label let her go. “Everybody that was in my world since I was 14 was no longer answering my calls,” she says. “I felt alone and like my entire world had been completely flipped in a week.” Castle was at an all-time low.

Donning a blonde wig to avoid being recognized, Castle called herself Penny Lane—a nod to the film Almost Famous as well as the Beatles—and played the songs she was writing at home on her piano for unsuspecting crowds at dive bars around Sydney. It was a long way from the sold-out shows she’d been playing just a few years earlier, but offered something early fame never did: the chance to share her authentic self. “Sometimes I would play to one person, sometimes to 10,” she says, “but I found the music was connecting. People would always come up and say it made them feel something, and eventually I started feeling like I was playing in a stadium even when it was to nobody.”

What she figured out was no small feat. Shortly after turning 19, Castle bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, where early luck came quickly. “In the first six months of me being in L.A.,” Castle says, “I found myself in a whirlwind.” Before long, she was collaborating with some of the world’s most recognizable artists, including Travis Barker and legendary songwriter Linda Perry, who became a co-writer.

And while music’s biggest names were drawn to Castle’s talent, it was writing on her own which offered her the greatest opportunity. “I had never been completely honest in my songwriting before by writing about what was actually going on around me,” she says. “Chapter 1 is that. There was no sitting around wondering what the concept should be. It was me and my piano looking back so I could move forward.”

And move forward she did. Castle accepted a gig to tour the world as backup singer and keyboardist for Mikey Mike. It was that experience—spending weeks on the road with Mikey Mike, supporting rapper Yelawolf, and sharing the stage with Run the Jewels — that allowed Castle to discover what she wanted her own music to sound like.

That sound comes through on Chapter 2’s lead single “Crazy Lover” which features production from Lido (Halsey, Skrillex) and an explosive feature from Three 6 Mafia’s Gangsta Boo.

"I have been through my own self-discovery about who I want to be in the world,” Castle says, “and I hope I can turn my challenging experiences into inspiration for others.” With a slew of new material and enough experience on the road to develop a new one-woman show, Castle is ready to do just that. “I can’t wait to hit the stage,” she says, “and sing these songs.”

“Full of poignant reflection and intelligent storytelling, not to mention the sensational melodies and singing, the collection is a powerful statement for this ambitious pop star.”
– The 405

Born Christina Parie in Castle Hill, Australia, the 22 year old sounds wise beyond her years in “Penny Lane” because she’s already spent nearly a decade in the spotlight. Today, Castle looks her age but carries herself with a defiant air that lends her a notable maturity. Starting out on Australian national TV at age 14, she was subsequently signed to Warner, dropped of out high school, and began her music career. Only a few years later, however, she had the rug pulled out from under her when the label let her go. “Everybody that was in my world since I was 14 was no longer answering my calls,” she says. “I felt alone and like my entire world had been completely flipped in a week.” Castle was at an all-time low.

Donning a blonde wig to avoid being recognized, Castle called herself Penny Lane—a nod to the film Almost Famous as well as the Beatles—and played the songs she was writing at home on her piano for unsuspecting crowds at dive bars around Sydney. It was a long way from the sold-out shows she’d been playing just a few years earlier, but offered something early fame never did: the chance to share her authentic self. “Sometimes I would play to one person, sometimes to 10,” she says, “but I found the music was connecting. People would always come up and say it made them feel something, and eventually I started feeling like I was playing in a stadium even when it was to nobody.”

What she figured out was no small feat. Shortly after turning 19, Castle bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, where early luck came quickly. “In the first six months of me being in L.A.,” Castle says, “I found myself in a whirlwind.” Before long, she was collaborating with some of the world’s most recognizable artists, including Travis Barker and legendary songwriter Linda Perry, who became a co-writer.

And while music’s biggest names were drawn to Castle’s talent, it was writing on her own which offered her the greatest opportunity. “I had never been completely honest in my songwriting before by writing about what was actually going on around me,” she says. “Chapter 1 is that. There was no sitting around wondering what the concept should be. It was me and my piano looking back so I could move forward.”

And move forward she did. Castle accepted a gig to tour the world as backup singer and keyboardist for Mikey Mike. It was that experience—spending weeks on the road with Mikey Mike, supporting rapper Yelawolf, and sharing the stage with Run the Jewels — that allowed Castle to discover what she wanted her own music to sound like.

That sound comes through on Chapter 2’s lead single “Crazy Lover” which features production from Lido (Halsey, Skrillex) and an explosive feature from Three 6 Mafia’s Gangsta Boo.

“I have been through my own self-discovery about who I want to be in the world,” Castle says, “and I hope I can turn my challenging experiences into inspiration for others.” With a slew of new material and enough experience on the road to develop a new one-woman show, Castle is ready to do just that. “I can’t wait to hit the stage,” she says, “and sing these songs.”

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Contact

Kip Kouri kip@tellallyourfriendspr.com
Michael Lantz michael@tellallyourfriendspr.com
Kevin Grossi keving@tellallyourfriendspr.com

Tour Dates

 

Tour Dates:

03/01 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst

03/02 San Francisco, CA Slims

03/04 Seattle, WA Chop Suey

03/05 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre

03/06 Boise, ID Neurolux

03/07 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room

03/09 Denver, CO Marquis Theater

03/11 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room

03/12 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway Nightclub

03/14 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry

03/15 Chicago, IL Subterranean

03/16 Milwaukee, WI The Back Room @ Colectivo

03/18 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig

03/19 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop