Review Written by Reviewer Victoria Scott & Staff
Christina Custode’s new pop-rock single “Just in Case” opens with a lively melody and an in-sync rhythm section that captures you from the start. Christina's vocals enter with confidence and a pristine, pop radio-ready sound. The use of acoustic guitar, electric bass, and drums build upon the piano's melody while electric organ and electric guitar add nice embellished touches. From the start, "Just in Case" sounds chart ready.
“Just in Case” is an edgy introspective on letting go of past relationships, but also recognizing that a person can make a lasting impression.
Christina showcases her ability to reveal honest truths while using instrumentation to paint a musical picture. She chose the staccato-like piano melody and the drilling drum beats to symbolize the nagging repetition of the mind, when you’re consistently thinking about past pain. Christina demonstrates brilliant songwriting that goes far beyond ordinary pop music.
In addition, the lyrics depict strength and resiliency.
“Did you wish that I'd spend sleepless nights and drown in tears, You should know that I don't, And if I could find the spot where you lived in my brain I'd damn well cut it out and burn it just in case.”
“Just in Case” reminds all of us that thoughts are not powerful, unless we give them power to consume us with an upbeat take of overcoming lost love. Both the theme and the music will appeal to a wide audience as well as to fans who demand musical sophistication. Christina’s unique storytelling and gifted composition skills yield a refreshing and unexpected edge that will keep you hooked and waiting for her next single. Christina Custode is simply...unforgettable.
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About Christine Custode
Christina Custode (Cus-tō-dē) is a Grammy Recording Academy Artist, multi-award winning singer songwriter and pianist currently based out of Niagara Falls, NY. Most recently, Custode has released 5 singles from her current project. The project consists of 13 original songs written and performed by Custode and produced by the legendary Stuart Epps (Elton John, George Harrison, and Led Zeppelin).
The first single from this project titled “Fire” was released August 2015, followed by “All For Her” in August 2016, “High Water” in March 2017, “Light of Day” in April 2018 and “Just in Case” in February of 2019. Her first EP (2011) sold out all physical CDs within the first 10 months of release. The project, which consisted of eight songs (all music and lyrics written and arranged by Christina Custode) put Custode on the singer/songwriter map and heralded as an excellent start to a long and promising career. Custode is a graduate from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York (BM ’10, MA ’14).
Christina is a force to be reckoned with on the stage. Bringing her songs, stories and sass to each performance, she is dynamic performer who is effortless in various performance settings. Christina brings her songs to life through engaging stories and witty banter while her musicianship shines.
Currently, Christina Custode performs regularly to capacity crowds at numerous establishments and festivals along the East Coast and is expanding her footprint in the region with multiple engagements throughout the United States. Her music can be heard on numerous FM/AM radio, internet radio stations, Pandora and Spotify. Custode was awarded the Best Singer Songwriter award at the Roswell Film Festival in Roswell, NM, where she competed with artists from all over the world. She has also been named “Buffalo’s Best Female Vocalist” and “Buffalo’s Best Original Music Act” multiple times, garnering several Artvoice Best of Buffalo Awards.
Christina is an avid supporter of collaboration in the arts, and in December 2010 participated in the production of “The Mistletoe Song” as a gift to the US Military. Custode is currently working on her third project. Listeners can expect the same heartfelt, honest lyrics and high quality musical performance that Christina Custode has delivered in the past, and intends on upholding throughout her career.
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