Photograph courtesy of Cristina Arrigoni
Bettye LaVette performing my song co-written by Brian Mitchell "Step Away" LIve Mystic Petaluma 3/7/15
Bettye LaVette's New Album Worthy Now available ...She also gives an unknown her due with the horn-kissed R&B of “Step Away,” written by up-and-comer Christine Santelli.
"When Christine Santelli sings you can see the pain, the joy, the passion, and the experience of all women in the world all at one time. Its' deep. It's soulful. And its meaningful. She has the wisdom of the ages in her voice and you can see it right there on her face. She's a revelation."-Willie Nile
Bettye LaVette covering my song "OLD" live at WFUV, from the album "More Thankful More Thoughtful"
Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat Magazine (nov 2009)
"That special blend of maturity, musical prowess, and magic. It doesn't come around very often, but she's got it. She's got it good."
"The diversity of musical styles keep you glued from the first track to the last"
Roger Z , More Sugar
"They maybe sitting on a powder keg when the world finds out ..."
David McGee, Bluegrassspecial.com
"Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow. This is what panties smell like after an engine rebuild."
"A solid roots rock winner"
Rick Anderson, All music guide
"lush vocals, confident guitar licks, and vibrant storytelling, one tumbles into her world, which is richly hypnotic"
Diana Schwaeble, Hudson Current
"This performer shines like a diamond polished by years of experience"
Mr Lucky, cede.ch
Chris Spector, Midwest Records
"The back beat driven "Butterfly and Beatle-esque "Any Better Time" are first class classics in the making."
David Malachowski, Daily Freeman
"Her deep, dark voice will take you on a joy ride and not let go. This is one talented lady!"
Pop Up Singer Songwriter NYC
Singer Songwriter Every 1st 2nd and 3rd Wednesday at 3 of Cups Lounge, sign up at 7pm $5 suggested donation. Brick oven pizza in the lounge, full bar, full Italian restaurant upstairs.
original songs with the great Heather Lil Mama Hardy on fiddle, vocals