Reno artist Christina Easterday talks about daily songwriting project and creativity

by Will Houk and Brian Bahouth

Christina Easterday - image - courtesy of the artist.

Reno – Originally based out of Nashville, Tennessee, singer/songwriter Christina Easterday now calls Reno home.  Her rich vocal tone and songwriting style are made up of an internal blend of rock, pop, jazz, blues, and a passion for the creative act.  Easterday recently appeared live in the studios of KNVC radio and spoke with host Will Houk on his program, Roots, Rednecks and Radicals.  Easterday talked about the creative process and played a few songs … listen to that interview

Easterday said both her parents sing and play musical instruments.

“I have always been doing music.  I started writing poems and once I got more interested in instruments and I got my first guitar at 12 and I started developing songs and just never stopped since.”

Karen Carpenter was an important influence.

“The Carpenters, Karen Carpenter … I loved her voice,”Easterday said.  “My mom sounds exactly like Karen Carpenter when she sings, so I always admired that and tried to mimic that as I could.”

Contemporary influences include Colbie Caillat, Amy Winehouse, Chris Stapleton and an open-minded mix to include top 40 pop music.  

“Ariana Grande, I love the harmonies she threw on her stuff, so there’s inspiration in everything” Easterday said.

Instagram Song Project

Starting January 1 of this year, Easterday began writing a new song a day and live video-streaming a performance of it on Instagram, and though she recently cut back to live-streaming a song once a week, Easterday is still writing a song a day.

“Grace Askew, she’s a singer/songwriter, and she’s a huge inspiration to me right now,” Easterday said.  “She’s on her second year actually, and she’s going to song 500 or something crazy.

“I thought to myself what a challenge that would be, inspiring, I think as time goes on, the songs are just going to get better.  I talked to people and there was the worry that they would start sounding the same or you’d get into a rut. I think that that happens with every singer/songwriter, but I think that using that part of your brain and pushing that creativity every single day really opens up a world of possibilities, so I decided to go for it, and it’s been going well so far and it’s been really fun and I’ve gotten a lot of really good feedback from it.”

With writing a new song every day, obstacles to effective songwriting may become more apparent.  Easterday says one of the biggest challenges is doing the research necessary to branch out and write about new things and come up with content that’s interesting and different.

“I think the tendency to get back into what is familiar and comfortable,” Easterday said when asked about the obstacles to good songwriting.  “I’ve got a handful of songs I wrote over the course of a certain period of time they were all just sad, negative songs, and I had people tell me ‘you have to write a happy song.  What are you doing,’ and I’m just thinking to myself, it’s not easy to pull from something you’re not necessarily experiencing at the time, and I’ve gone through ups and downs, and it just comes with what’s going on in your life.”

For much more from Christina Easterday, listen to the interview with Will Houk