Golden Thread

by Christie Grace

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On her most personal album yet, jazz singer Christie Grace shares a confessional collection of songs that finds light in the darkness. Blending modern jazz styles with pop, folk and R&B influences, celebrated pianist and producer Chris Gestrin creates a mood of dreams and shadows as Christie’s signature honey voice weaves true tales of loss, love and redemption.

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released September 14, 2016

All songs written by Christie Grace and Chris Gestrin
All lyrics written by Christie Grace
Recorded and mixed by Chris Gestrin at Public Alley 421
Produced and arranged by Chris Gestrin
Mastered by Graemme Brown Zen Mastering
Artistic Direction by Christie Grace
Graphic Design by Daryl Jahnke
Photography by Adam and Kev Photography
Make-up and Hair by Sonia Leal-Serafim
Journal by Kay McCullough
Jewelry by Christie Grace

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Christie Grace Bowen Island, British Columbia

Christie Grace is a Canadian jazz singer/songwriter known for blending modern jazz with pop, folk and R&B influences.

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Track Name: One of a Kind
You have style, super class you stand out from the mass
You have a smile that lights the moon
Your sweet heart loves to laugh, yet you’ve known sorrow’s path
A Cancer born in sunny June
Like the coming of Spring, you can bloom anything
You inspire beauty to grow
You have humor and wit, strong will and true grit
You are always in the know.

You’re one of a kind
You sing like Etta and dance like Hines
If you ever should doubt it, well sister, let me shout it
You’re one of , one of a kind.

When you love it’s for real, doesn’t chip, stain or peel
Comes with a life-time guarantee
You’ve been down but not broke, found your way through the smoke With your own philosophy

You’re one of a kind
You sing like Etta and dance like Hines
If you ever should doubt it, well sister, let me shout it
You’re one of, one of a kind.

And if I ever forgot to say
How much I loved you along the way
Thanks for being you, for being you
You’re one of a kind!

You’re one of a kind
You sing like Etta and dance like Hines
If you ever should doubt it, well sister, let me shout it
You’re one of , one of a kind.
Track Name: He Lays Me Down
He lays me down, in summer’s clover, In the chill of winter rain
He waits just like, a gentle lion
Till I come home to him again

I get frightened by the voices
I get lost inside my night
He watches me, protectively though he cannot make it right.

He lays me down in stormy winds, by the rocking, rhythmic sea
He lays me down in golden fields, our fire burns eternally.

He lays me down, in autumn’s glow, in the thrill of spring’s rebirth
He never knows, when I’ll come or go, he’s the anchor in my surf

I get caught up in the pressures
I get strung and overwrought
He just lets me be, till my tide breaks free, he gives me all that he’s got.

He lays me down in stormy winds, by the rocking, rhythmic sea
He lays me down in golden fields, our fire burns eternally.

I get caught up in the pressures
I get strung and overwrought
He just lets me be, till the tide breaks free, we give it all that we’ve got.

He lays me down in stormy winds
In the rocking, rhythmic sea
He lays me down, in summer’s clover, in the thrill of springs rebirth
He lays me down in golden fields, our fire burns eternally.
Track Name: Luminescence
When I was a child I was afraid to speak
So I sang instead in my mind and on the street
The rhythmic beat felt so good and so sweet.
In this troubled world, there is no guarantee
Yet the light I found, became my warranty
And over time, words poured out naturally.

Luminescence
Replaces fear
Luminescence
Always here
Luminescence
Life’s sweet surprise
That‘s what I see, in every moon rise.

In ancient times
She was Joan of Ark
But I’m no saint
I have known the dark
I’ve made mistakes
That have left their mark.
Through the years when I thought I lost my way
I'd listen to what the music has to say
And like a child I live for today!

Luminescence
Life’s sweet surprise
That‘s what I see, in every moon rise.
Moon rise
Moon rise
Moon rise.
Track Name: Free the Child
It’s a sunny frosty Saturday
In a northern sleepy town
I was on my way to meet a friend
Snowflakes fell, without a sound
The crunch of wheels behind me
Gave refuge from the chill
A raven flew, then before I knew
The sky turned black and still.

So now here I sit
With all my walls caving in
Yet the only way out
Is to find the way back in.

Walk the dog to the lake
Watch the clouds roll by
Struggle with the memory
As I watch an eagle fly
I know it’s not been easy
That you’ve longed to deliver me
Still the broken child,
Freed from exile, has grown with dignity.

So now here I sit
With all my walls caving in
Yet the only way out
Is to find,
Yes the only way out is to find
The way back in.

Free the child, free the child, let her be free
Free the child, let her be free, let her be free, free the child.

Sweet release of inner peace, washes over me.
Track Name: Let Your Happy Free
I was once a slave to mental pain
Bought the bit about “artistically insane”
Well, I decided it was enough!
It was time to strut my stuff...

Let your troubles drift away
Lift your eyes to a brand new day
Let’s go daydream it’s time to play
Let’s be happy in every way.

Sail the wind, climb the tree
Let your happy, bubble free
Sing your song recklessly
Let your happy
Let your happy free.

Say goodbye to your distress
Go and buy that fancy dress
Liberate those sorry blues
With your ruby dancing shoes.

Sail the wind, climb the tree
Let your happy, bubble free
Sing your song recklessly
Let your happy
Let your happy free.

Say farewell to sad goodbye’s
Say hello to love’s surprise
Use your china, wear your gems
Love yourself, raise your hems.

There’s so many pleasures, in little things
Like bangles and silver bracelets, that shake and ping -a- ling, jing-a- ling
Makes a rhythmic, lilting sound
Grooving along the drive, happy to sing and be alive
Feel your hair blow in the summer breeze
Or maple sugar mixed with cinnamon on french toast,
Whipped cream, utmost, divine!

Sail the wind, climb the tree
Let your happy, bubble free
Sail the wind, climb the tree
Let your happy, bubble free!
Sing your song recklessly
Let your happy
Let your happy
Let your happy free!
Track Name: Unconditional Love
You’ve given me
Unconditional, untraditional love.

I remember in that shop, when we met
My heart took off like a concord jet
Like the glow of the shy morning sun
Well I knew that you, were the one.

You’ve given me
Unconditional, untraditional love.

You’re the summer to my winter blues
You’re the kick in my high-heeled shoes
Through the years as your friend, lover and wife,
Well darling you’ve revolutionized my life.

You’ve given me
Unconditional, untraditional la la la la la la love
You’ve given me unconditional, untraditional love.

Though we’ve never managed to save a dime
All that matters, is that I am yours and you are mine
Through life’s storms nothing could ever undo
All that I am is because of you.

You’ve given me
Unconditional, untraditional la la la la la la love,
la la la la la la love, la la la la la la love, la la la la la la love! You’ve given me unconditional, untraditional love
Oh my love, la la la la la la la la la love.
Track Name: His Secret
He came to me, dressed in gray
Confessing all, in a desperate way
It boiled and foamed, from deep inside
That left him shaking, stripped of pride
He wept his bitter, pent up tears
Ignoring my teenage years
Needing me, to be the wife
That set herself free in another’s man’s life.

His secret weighed more than lead
The day they found him,
“Forgive me” was all that he said.
There was nowhere to belong
I became the keeper of his song, far too long.

For 30 years, fires raged
Locked inside, the blame we’d caged
Until her son’s redemptive flight
When he soared, on wings of light.

His secret weighed more than lead
The day they found him,
“Forgive me” was all that he said.
There was nowhere to belong
I became the keeper of his song, far too long.

Five dusty years, relentless drought,
Let the poison ooze, weep, dry out,
I returned to her, we embraced alone I had come back, “welcome home!”
His secret was laid to rest
My secret was laid to rest
Her secret was laid to rest, laid to rest.
Safe upon my Mother’s breast.
Track Name: Speak to Me
I’ve been driving down this road, far too long
I lost my way, my minds astray
Trying to figure you out.
So I called you on the phone to clear the air
I felt you frown, you shut me down, it’s another blow out.

Baby, talk to me
So we can let it be
Can’t you see?
That I can’t comprehend
No need to condescend!
Speak to me, speak to me, speak to me
Come on and set me free.

When I think of how I tried
To get through to you
A waste of time, on my dime
Man, I sure got burned
You said that it was time to make a change
I trusted you, you weren’t true
Man I’ve really learned.

Baby, talk to me
So we can let it be
Can’t you see?
That I can’t comprehend
No need to condescend
Speak to me, speak to me,
Come on and set me free, speak to me.

I’m working over time
Your kind of love’s a crime
I need relief
You stole my heart, you crooked thief
Speak to me!

Talk to me
So we can let it be
Can’t you see?
That I can’t comprehend
No need to condescend
Speak to me! speak to me!
Come on and set me free, speak to me
Speak to me! speak to me!
Come on and set me free, speak to me

There’s no need to condescend baby, I can’t comprehend
Won’t you speak to me
Come on and speak to me,
Set me free...
Baby speak to me, baby set me free,
Baby speak to me, baby set me free
Speak to me, speak to me
Come on and set me free, speak to me.
Track Name: Hopeful Romantic
“Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken."
Sonnet 116 - William Shakespeare
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You stood at the bottom of the stair
Your rumpled shirt, your windswept hair
You smiled and drew me near
Humming softly in my ear
Your hand fit mine like a kid glove, under your spell helpless dove
You made promises you couldn’t keep, but I was blind, in too deep.

Hopeful romantic when I met you
Hopeful romantic through and through
Like a Chaplin movie I played the part
A slave to my foolish heart. mmmmm
Hopeful romantic ‘til my dying day
‘Cause I found that true love never goes away
I’m glad I let love have its way
What can I say?
Hopeful romantic all the way.

Quiet tones of a Gershwin tune
Stolen kiss in the afternoon, soft and slow
In the theater back row
You cradled me in your arms
I gave in to all your charms
In a trance our hopeless romance.

Hopeful romantic till my dying day
‘Cause I found that true love never goes away
I’m glad I let love have its way, what can I say?
Hopeful romantic all the way.

When I’m withered, old and gray
Laying in a daisy field of clay
I know I’ll have no regret
For what you give you get.

Hopeful romantic till my dying day
‘Cause I found that true love never goes away
I’m glad I let love, have it’s way
What can I say?
Hopeful romantic all the way
I’m glad I let love, have its way
What can I say?
Hopeful romantic, lead the way.
Track Name: I Believe in You
Tears flowed down her cheek
I kept silent I didn’t speak
Instead I took her hand
And murmured, ‘I understand’.
We laughed together side by side
I felt my heart, swell with pride
Then a whisper so still,
As I told her, I always will...

Believe in you, I believe in you
There’s nothing you couldn’t do I believe in you, I believe in you.

If I could I’d make it right
But I trust your wise insight
If you need me, I‘m there,
I carry you with me, everywhere.
I can’t hold the hands of time,
The life that’s yours isn’t mine
I’ve been blessed to watch you grow
Now I‘m learning to let you go.

Believe in you, I believe in you, no matter what you do
I believe in you, I believe in you.

And if you ever feel your light dim
Or lose your way,
Just sing your song, soft or strong, into a brand new day.

Believe in you, I believe in you
No matter what you do
I believe, I believe in you,
I believe in you, I believe in you.
I believe in you.
I believe in you. I believe in you. I believe in you.
I really do, I believe in you.
Darling I do, yes I do, believe in you.
Track Name: Golden Thread
I’m sitting in an empty gas station
‘Cause there’s no place else to go
I guess this is a showdown
As if I didn’t know
I know I’m a grown woman
Still I miss you every day
I sure could use your help
On this dark and gloomy day.

I’m calling you and the angels
Like you told me once to do
Mom I really need you now
Cause I’m feeling so blue.

This storm has over taken me
I have come undone
I came here to face myself
And now there’s nowhere left to run
You told me from your deathbed
That I was your golden thread
But I’ve lost my needle
In the complexity I’ve spread.

I’m calling you and the angels
Like you told me once to do
Mom I really need you now
Can’t see my way through.

The skies are closing in
I keep looking for a sign
Nothing can prepare you
When you draw outside the line!

Oh I’m calling you and the angels
Like you told me once to do
Mom I really need you now
Can’t see my way through
Oh I’m calling you and the angels
Like you told me once to do
Mom I really need you now.
Track Name: He
He watches me
And I am on fire
He kisses me
Fills me with desire
Nothing matters when he’s near
His soul reflects mine like a mirror
He brings me summers bouquet
I want him more than I can say
I tremble when I see his face
Lifted by his gentle grace
Oh the wonder
He fills me
And I am never alone.

He touches me
I can feel his fire
He moves me
I feel his desire
When he strums on my guitar
I feel like a shooting star
Like a fragile robin’s wings
My heart flutters, blushes sings
All is timeless, all is still
Somersaults with Jack and Jill
Oh the wonder
He fills me
And I am never alone.

When he strums on my guitar
I feel like a shooting star
Like a fragile robin’s wings
My heart flutters, blushes sings
All is timeless, all is still
Somersaults with Jack and Jill
Oh the wonder
He fills me
And I am never alone
And I am never alone
And I am never alone.
Track Name: Out of the Ether of the Periphery
I searched for you since that bleak day
A child of God abandoned stray
Longing became my way to cope
Imprisoned by distrust of hope.

I looked for you, in his gentle eyes
I only found goodbyes
Haunted by your hungry ghost
I hurt the one I love the most.

That’s not where I was born to be
I’ve come home back home to me
Out of the ether of the periphery
Ouuuuuuu
Ouuuuuuu

My heart’s still learning how to live
I won’t forget and I forgive.

That’s not where I was born to be
I’ve come home back home to me
Out of the ether of the periphery
Out of the ether of the periphery
Out of the ether of the periphery.