upright bass, electric bass, vocals, ukulele, production, songwriting
Marina Christopher (self-titled EP). March 2015.
"Self-Love"(single). December 2015.
Must Love Cats. September 2016.
Marina and the Dreamboats. (in production). Self published.
For years, Marina turned the heads of audiences all over the world with her bass playing. When she added her voice to her already solid playing, the game totally changed. Marina became a one-woman act with her super smooth and sultry voice on top of the irresistible low tones of the upright bass, a refreshing change from the usual voice and guitar combo. People are often surprised how well the bass and voice go together and "nothing feels like it is missing from the song." Marina thinks this is silly because she is pro and of course the bass and voice sound good together.
In 2015, Marina auditioned into the Gigs4U program, and she is quickly becoming one of the most booked acts. With her strong background in jazz, Marina puts new life into cover songs with her easy, jazzy feel and her repertoire of covers is seemingly endless. Marina's original songs have the harmonic richness you expect from a trained jazz musician, but still maintain the listener appeal of an experienced pop music producer. She write tunes for her intimate solo or duo act just as easily as she writes for her 9-piece soul band, Marina and the Dreamboats.
She released her first solo, all-original project, the self-titled EP. Marina Christopher in March 2015. Following that release, Marina was featured on "Sabrina in Seattle" on Critical Sun radio. Marina's group Marina and the Dreamboats was featured on the television show Band in Seattle on the CW11, which aired November 2015.
Suggested songs: "The Ballad of Norman Reginald." "Because I Know You Well." "Self-Love."
She has performed at numerous world famous festivals, including The Montreaux Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, and The Monterey Jazz Festival. She has also shared the stage with a growing list of notable performers such as Wynton Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Cheryl Bentyne, Earl Klugh, Yakov Smirnoff and Joe Locke. Joe Locke said she had a "nice hump", which she is pretty sure mean a good bass sound but is cool with whatever it means.
Pick.cool presents Washington's Favorite Musicians. 1st Place. 2015
2nd Place High School Bass soloist, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival 2007
Marina has also lent her talents to events and projects benefiting organizations such as Seattle JazzEd, Shoreline Jazz Camp, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Washington Middle School and Kamiak high School.
She is based in Seattle, Washington.
You can find Marina as a sideman in the bands Scarlet Parke, Bad News Botanists and Maluhia. She also plays for LoveCityLove Wednesdays, every month at The Paragon on Queen Anne, and 2 or 3 times a month at the Cork and Tap in Bellevue.