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Artist Statement: “I am a D.C. area singer/songwriter whose interests include democracy, environmental protection, ethics, healthcare, journalism and women’s issues.  Politics and governance are the engines that drive the nation’s capital  – just like music is the business of Nashville. If we in the D.C. area have lost the ability to talk openly about political issues, if we can’t disagree but still govern for the common good and if we can make fun of politicians and their shenanigans, then we have lost who we are.  I also write about the human condition and love.”
Chris Anderson, Singer/Songwriter
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Chris Anderson delivers her evocative songs with wit, fierce guitar leads and complex harmonica riffs.

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Virginia Singer/Songwriter Chris Anderson, writes refreshingly quirky songs, featuring fierce guitar leads and complex harmonica riffs.  With themes from her own life or the evening news, she articulates what many are thinking with poignancy rather than poison.  Her evocative songs are delivered with wit, wisdom and plain ol’ fun.

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Northern Virginia Songwriter Chris Anderson, writes refreshingly quirky songs, featuring fierce guitar leads and complex harmonica riffs. Whether about friendship, illness or love, her thoughts on the human condition are honest and hopeful.  Through themes from her own life or social media or the evening news, she articulates what many are thinking with poignancy rather than poison.  Her evocative songs are delivered with wit, wisdom and plain ol’ fun.

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Northern Virginia songwriter Chris Anderson, a life-long D.C. area suburbanite with family roots in the Delta, plays guitar, harmonica, mandola and on occasion, bass or percussion. Her voice has been compared to Mary Chapin Carpenter, and her evocative songs are delivered with rich guitar leads, complex harmonica riffs, and a sense of fun – a style of playing that is uniquely her own.

In addition to penning originals about love and the human condition, Chris’ protest songs articulate what many are thinking – she has tackled oil spills, dysfunctional political leaders and propaganda, usually with poignancy or humor. Chris is a founding member and the producer of the Harried Americans Roadshow, an Americana, Contemporary Folk & Roots variety show with original smarty-pants social reform songs, poetry and comedy. The Harried Americans performance of  Chris’ original “Just Change The Boundary (The Gerrymander Song),” is featured in a new PBS documentary, “GerryRIGGED, Turning Democracy on Its Head,” produced by The Community Idea Stations and OneVirginia2021. The show has aired on public broadcasting stations throughout Virginia. 

Chris began playing guitar in Northern Virginia clubs in the early 1980’s.  She then spent over a decade playing in Northern Virginia church bands, and was a founding member of Americana trio Ladies Done Waiting who performed their three-part harmonies throughout the region before disbanding in 2014.

In 2003, Chris won a Grammy in the Streets demo contest sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) and Broadcast Music International (BMI) for  her klezmer-esque pop tune Their Leader, from her Christmas project WAiT – It’s a Musical! .   The show has been nationally broadcast in its entirety on XM Radio, with live stage productions throughout the USA and in Austria, Germany, India, Nigeria and the Philippines.

Chris is affiliated with performing rights organization BMI. Her music can be heard in the background of various Cable TV productions, including shows for the Travel Channel and The Women’s Entertainment Network (WeTv.) She is currently in the process of recording an EP of socially conscious songs that will be released in the fall of 2017.

AND one more for good luck…

Songwriter E. Christine Anderson (Chris) Anderson writes smartypants Americana acoustic guitar and harmonica based songs about current events in a variety of styles. Her soon-to-be released EP – Just Change The Boundary – begins with an uptempo rocking harmonica lick, includes a poignant slow ballad about the state of Virginia, and ends with a polka about propaganda. (Yes, you read that right…a polka!)

In 2003, Chris won a GRAMMY IN THE STREETS contest (sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and BMI ) for her song “Their Leader” from her progressive Christmas project, WAiT – it’s a musical!  In addition to penning originals about religion, love and the human condition, Chris’ protest songs articulate what many are thinking – she has tackled oil spills, dysfunctional political leaders, gun control and propaganda, usually with poignancy or humor.

Chris plays guitar, harmonica and occasionally mandola and bass. In addition to performing as a soloist, she is the band leader, lead singer & songwriter for the Harried Americans Band. She is affiliated with BMI and Sound Exchange and is founding member and the producer of the Harried Americans Roadshow, an Americana, Contemporary Folk & Roots variety show with original smarty-pants social reform songs, poetry and comedy.

The Harried Americans performance of Chris’ original “Just Change The Boundary (The Gerrymander Song),” is featured in a new documentary, “GerryRIGGED, Turning Democracy on Its Head,” produced by The Community Idea Stations and OneVirginia2021. The show has aired on public broadcasting stations throughout Virginia.

Her graduate-level coursework includes theological studies at Wesley Theological Seminary, play and script writing classes at American University and completion of a graduate certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship from George Mason University. She has also completed coursework at the Commercial Theater Institute (a project of Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and the Broadway League.)

Chris played guitar in church bands in the Washington D.C. area for over a decade. She has been a consultant to start-up church bands of various denominations, a player/singer in several D.C. area Americana bands, and enjoys speaking at workshops.

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