Christie Josef and The Purpose is excited to host a house concert on Sunday, September 18th, 2016. Look for an afternoon of great music and audience participation at our second annual House Concert in the beautiful Garden Home neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Details coming…
With the creation of their new album, The Sum of Us Is One, Christie Josef and The Purpose of Portland, Oregon solidify their creativity as a band. It is no longer a singer/songwriter sound, but a true collaborative effort that presents an Indie Folk Rock entity reminiscent of the 60’s heavy-acoustic guitar protest rock.
Bret Malmquist sets the tone with his emotional, musically descriptive guitar leads. Casey McBride drums the beat strong and steady with perfect nuances sprinkled throughout. John Neff provides the deep bass grooves that carry each and every song. 2D Strapparo sings at all the right times, beautifully enchanting and energizing the intention of each song’s message. Christie Josef provides the acoustic guitar and piano rhythm as well as her clear and purposeful vocal deliveries on songs she wrote to spread hope and awareness out in the world.
The band has a fun CD release show scheduled for Saturday, March 26th, 2026 at The Clinton Street Theater with special guest, Alexa and Wiley Coyote (details coming soon).
Catch Christie Josef and The Purpose at Mississippi Pizza, Thursday, January 14th at 8pm for a preview of songs on the new album. $5.00 cover, 21 and older.
Also, opening for Perry Gerber’s CD release show on Tuesday, February 2nd at the White Eagle.
Christie Josef band officially started the new album with a killer recording session tracking the first 5 songs on the beautiful 96-channel Euphonix CS-3000 board Feb 8th at Portland, Oregon’s lovely Magic Closet Studio. John Neff producing (once again) and playing bass, Ian Watts engineering, Casey McBride on drums, and Bret Malmquist on guitar. It was a magically, out of time session and the perfect start to this next step for my fantastic band.
2014 Year In Review
After a well-attended June 1st Benefit CD release show of Christie Josef’s album, Spark A Ripple, Josef cemented a stellar performing band comprised of album musicians John Neff on bass (album producer, Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, David Lynch – BlueBob, Journey, to name a few), Casey McBride on drums (Anchors of Ascension, Kelly Brightwell, James Faretheewell), and adding the amazing Bret Malmquist on lead guitar (Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness, Kory Quinn and the Comrades, Transcendental Brass Band, Chata Addy), and the sweet, soulful vocals of 2D Strapparo (Pagan Jug Band). The band played several shows at Portland, Oregon’s beautiful Alberta Rose Theater, also the Bosanova Ballroom, and Mississippi Pizza’s Atlantic Lounge. Josef’s song, Spark a Ripple is featured in the upcoming indie film, Chasing Darkness. Josef’s songs have also seen regular rotation on Salem, Oregon radio station KMUZ. Spark a Ripple will be included on their 2015 Live Series compilation album release at a huge music festival April 11th, 2015.
2015 and What’s Ahead
Christie Josef Band is already hard at work on the next album and Josef is so excited to be tracking the new material as a full band. With master producer John Neff returning to the helm, and some really special new songs the next CD is sure to be the best so far.
Shows already scheduled for this year include:
- Local Roots Live Series show at Alberta Street Pub, Wednesday, April 8th.
- Video taping of a 30 minute concert Saturday, March 21st at CCTV in Salem, Oregon.
- Local Roots Music Festival April 11th.
Christie Josef Spark A Ripple CD Release Show
with special guest Kris Deelane
Sunday, June 1st, 2014 7pm show
StudioNia, Portland, OR
Go to News and Shows for details and tickets
Spark a Ripple is Christie Josef’s passionate antidote to our negative, downer “status-quo.” Josef’s potent rock songs deliver an uplifting message of hope, choice, kindness, and unconditional love. Fresh, beautiful melodies are underscored with vibrant orchestration to support her thoughtful and meaningful vision on the album’s twelve songs.
Raised in Oregon but come-of-age during San Francisco’s New Wave/Punk music scene, Josef’s arena rock vocals distinguished her band Temper Temper. Often compared to Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Ann Wilson of Heart, and Grace Slick, Josef continued to wood shed her original material even as time passed and she moved to Portland and raised a family. A brush with death led Josef to finally bring her collection of songs to their fullest fruition. Finding the right producer in Grammy-nominated John Neff (Walter Becker, David Lynch, Journey) – whose work on her album is his Portland debut and a stunning production of her piano-based compositions.
Spark a Ripple takes you on a rocking, uplifting journey; with songs that stay in your soul long after the music stops. Josef says: “Transformation starts with being kind to ourselves. Truly, we can ‘spark a ripple’ of love and be the change we wish to see in the world.”
The album was animated by a bounty of Portland musicians: John Neff on bass; guitarist David Langenes (Love Gigantic, The Stolen Sweets); drummer Casey “Da Quadruped” McBride (James Faretheewell, My Fellow Traveler); vocalist Lara Michell (The Stolen Sweets, Dirty Martini, Love Gigantic); percussionist Carl Smith (Crazy 8’s, Rubberneck, Toque Libre); cellist Skip vonKuske (Portland Cello Project, Vagabond Opera); violinist Lauren Elledge, classical guitarist Ryan Walsh, and flute and vocals from Susan Langenes.
Many of these performers will make guest appearances at the CD Release show June 1st at StudioNia in Portland, Oregon joining Josef’s band comprised of Bret Malmquist on lead guitar, John Neff on bass, Casey McBride on drums, and Ken Neff on guitar. This CD release show and benefit for Oregon Food Bank and Street Roots will be chocked full of musical treats including a set by the amazing and powerful Portland singer, Kris Deelane. This is an event not to be missed (Go to www.christiejosef.com for more show details and tickets.)
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