RAHWAY – Singer-songwriter Christine DeLeon is the featured performer at Z Café on Saturday, July 17. The event takes place in the social hall of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Mike Agranoff, host of the Minstrel Concert Series in Morristown, said “With a strikingly clear and strong alto voice, [DeLeon] delivers her own well-written songs and those of her folk contemporaries with charm and conviction.” Scott Sheldon of Sing Out! Magazine describes her voice as “reminiscent of that of a young Judy Collins: Powerful, crystalline and assured.”
Raised in Northern New Jersey, DeLeon discovered the joys of singing as a member of the children’s choir at her family church at the age of 8 and followed that interest into her school chorus groups. Despite the cautious warnings of a mentor for excessive enthusiasm, DeLeon started off on her journey as a performer. She began her own songwriting at the age of 17 and, after more than 20 years exploring that creative path, she was chosen as a winner of the 2008 New Jersey Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.
DeLeon has also been a member of many choral groups such as The Harmony Singers of Wayne, the Morris Conservatory Chorus and Suburban Sound, the Montclair Chapter of the nationwide Sweet Adelines group. Seeking to play music with friends and to share her own songs, DeLeon joined The Folk Project in 2005 and has enjoyed the many collaboration and performance opportunities within that organization.
Sailing into the studio on her maiden CD recording voyage in early 2007 her first release “January Hiding” offers reflections of a wide range of subjects, from fond childhood memories to the perplexing tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. Ron Olesko of WFDU radio proclaims DeLeon has “given us a great, great CD … it’s like a good book you just want to cuddle up with.” The entire interview with Olesko, including live music, is captured on DeLeon’s second recording project called “Fine Traditions.”
Performances by DeLeon are varied and adaptable as she embraces many styles and sports a wide vocal range. Equally comfortable offering her original songs of a reflective, humorous or storytelling nature as well as familiar sing-along tunes to inspire audience participation, she can easily appeal to listeners of many different tastes.
Z Café is a monthly concert series, held on the third Saturday of each month in the social hall of Zion Church, located at the corner of Elm and Esterbrook Avenues in Rahway. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. with a popular and diverse open mic in which various performers entertain for ten minutes each. Everyone is encouraged to participate and share their talents. At around 9 p.m. the featured performer takes the stage and performs for about an hour. The casual and friendly atmosphere and quality performances have made Z Café (now in its seventh year) a favorite of performers and audiences.
The $5 admission also includes light refreshments. For more info, visit the link on Zion’s website http://www.zionlutherannj.org/cafez.htm.
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