A couple of weeks ago, Christee Palace was kind enough to share her new video Danger with me. You can (and certainly should) read all about it HERE. Today, the Toronto singer-songwriter is kind enough to share her answers to my dumb questions. You can (and certainly should) read all about it below.
Introduce yourself: Name, age (feel free to lie), home base and othr details you’d like to share — height / weight / identifying marks / astrology sign / your choice.
I’m Christee Palace, a pop singer/songwriter from Toronto. I am originally from Windsor, Ont. Just look for the chick with teal/blue hair. 🙂
What is your musical origin story?
I grew up with music. My dad is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and teacher. He owns a music conservatory in Windsor where I got my start singing and playing piano and a super young age. I was always around it, so being musical is just normal to me. I gravitated to songwriting and wanting to pursue a career as an artist as the years progressed.
What’s your latest project? Tell us everything we need to know.
I currently have a brand new single / music video out! Danger is my latest release, and it’s done super well so far! To be honest, I am more excited for what’s to come…. 🙂 Stay tuned for some new music VERY soon.
What album / song / artist / show changed your life?
Avril Lavigne’s first album Let Go is one of the reasons I am here today. She came out at a time where all I knew was Britney Spears and The Spice Girls — who I loved — but I was craving someone who sang pop music, but who had an edge, and wasn’t afraid to be different than the norm. She changed everything for me. I immediately identified myself in her music. She is the reason I started seriously writing songs, and wanting to impact other people the way she impacted me.
Tell us about the first song you wrote and/or the first gig you played and what you got paid.
The first song I ever wrote was actually when I was 6…. I remember it was a total rip off of an S Club 7 song (do you remember them?!?!). I of course did nothing with the song, but I just kept writing and progressing from there. I have been singing at talent shows and in competitions my whole life, but my first real paying gig was when I was 18 and I joined a wedding band. I actually sang in that band for eight years, which helped me gain the performing experience I have. I think I got paid $100…. not too bad!!
What is the best / worst / strangest / most memorable performance you’ve seen another artist give?
I’m going to be nice and answer the most memorable … ha! Again, I’d have to go back to Avril. I just watched her in concert for the first time in about 12 years at the Meridian Hall in Toronto a few months back. Watching her now as an adult female who is pursuing a music career was equal parts nostalgic and emotional for me. She contributed so much to the person and artist that I am today, and I remember just bawling. It’s crazy how much time has just flown by, but also crazy how much an artists music can mean to you.
What do you want to be doing in 10 years?
Singing. Writing. Performing. Making a living off of this. It’s incredible.
What artist or style of music do you love that would surprise people?
I’m not certain this would surprise people, but I listen to country music and rock music religiously. I have influences from all genres.
What are your favourite songs / albums / artists right now?
SO many incredible artists/albums are out right now. My top 3 right now would have to be: Halsey’s Manic, Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia, Lennon Stella’s Three. Two. One.
Who would you be (or have you been) starstruck to meet?
Avril Lavigne. 🙂 But any of my other influences, really…
What do you drive and why? What do you want to drive and why?
I wish I had a car … living in Toronto it’s not really a necessity!! You wouldn’t believe this, but my absolute favourite car is a 1980s black Cadillac. I want one SOOO bad, and always have.
What superpower do you want and how would you use it?
I would LOVE to be able to read minds. Although I think that would be a blessing and a curse. I think it would be awesome to just mess with people. Read what they’re thinking and respond to them without them ever knowing haha
What skills — useful or useless — do you have outside of music?
I’d like to think I’m a decent cook, and I’m also pretty athletic. I’ve been involved in sports and fitness related activities my entire life. I love to workout. I don’t think these are really “skills” but I’m going to pretend they are so I feel special. 🙂 I used to be able to do “the worm” with my whole body (I haven’t tried in like years though so don’t ask me to do it — might break myself) AND ALL my fingers are double-jointed. Again none of these are skills but …
What do you collect?
CHAPSTICKS. At one point I used to have 124 ChapSticks. I saved them from grade school up until university. I’m sick, I know. Sick in the head. I have a small addiction.
If I had a potluck, what would you bring?
Taco Bell. Hahaha!
What current trend or popular thing do you not understand at all?
Tiktok. Lord help me. Although I am doing my best.
Tell us about your current and/or former pets.
I used to have a bunny named Sneaker for 12 years. She was my baby. She looked like a black-and-white cow. We used to let her run around my basement all the time. I miss her!! But now I have a new fur baby named Marvin. He is a French Bulldog and he sounds like a piggy. I love him.
If you could have any other job besides music, what would it be and why?
I would love to eventually act in movies or a TV series. I have a big background in drama and acting and I would love to be able to do that some day.
What’s the best advice and/or worst advice you were ever given?
My best advice is BE YOURSELF & WORK HARD. That is literally all you need to know in life. The worst advice I’ve been given was to NOT be myself, and change things about me in order to fit a societal norm or trend. Yuck. It’s wrong and trends change quickly so you’re constantly reinventing yourself. It’s not fun. Be you.
What question would you ask if you were an interviewer?
I would ask: If you could have anything you ever wanted RIGHT now, what would that be?