THE SHORT STORY
I was a highly moody teenager once upon a time. One day I sat down at the piano but instead of practicing scales, I found myself writing my first full-length song. It was called “The Silent Rusty Flute” and had nothing at all to do with my own life, but it wasn’t actually horrible. More importantly, it was an INCREDIBLY gratifying and joyful experience. Writing music helps me process what I’m learning and experiencing and witnessing . And it gives me a way to voice Truth as I understand it, which I believe we all want desperately.
Home was the Army all my growing years. Now I live with my family in North Carolina. I came kicking and screaming, but it’s grown on me.
Beyond my own writing & life, I am passionate about the work of Masterpiece Ministries (www.masterpieceministries.org). Masterpiece is about mentoring young artists of faith, encouraging them toward creative excellence and Christ-centered living. For 10 years now, I’ve served for one week of the summer alongside other artists of various mediums, facilitating workshops for creative high school students. It’s just plain good.
Fun facts: Although I don’t look great wearing yellow, I’ve decided it’s my favorite color, because I crave sunlight. I’m a naturally messy person. I really love solitude, but also deeply enjoy humankind. I’m also crazy about Thai and Greek foods, and am usually reading four books at a time. There you have it.
Known for the past several years for her unusually poignant, poetic and honest songwriting, Christa Wells is finding her own place as a performing artist.
Christa has written with numerous Nashville artists and had songs cut by artists such as Plumb, Point of Grace, Sara Groves, Selah, and Natalie Grant. Several have been hit singles, including most notably “Held” recorded by Natalie Grant, which received airplay in both Christian and mainstream markets and earned her the GMA “Songwriter of the Year” award in 2006.
In 2009, Christa released her first solo album, “FRAME THE CLOUDS,” with guest performances by Sara Groves, Plumb, Nicole Witt, Fly Golden Eagle, and Todd Smith.
In March 2011, her 7-song EP “HOW EMPTINESS SINGS” was received to high praise from music critics and listeners alike.
Later in 2011, she and her oft-musical partner Nicole Witt released a 5-song EP called “Image of God,” a collection of original songs of worship, which diverges from her indie projects both musically and lyrically.
Christa plans to record a second album with Nicole Witt in October 2012 and begin work on her third solo project shortly after.