Windsor native, fast rising pop music sensation Christee Palace (Christie Palazzolo), now based in Toronto, thrilled hometown fans when she opened an epic concert hosted by the St. Clair Collge Student Representative Council at the St. Clair College Student Life Centre on Thursday, April 4, 2019. The concert, held to celebrate nearing the end of the 2018-2019 school year, was headlined by Superstar Jamaican Rapper/Songwriter Sean Kingston.
Christee took the time to do an interview with Eyes On Windsor as a follow up to the show and to discuss the exciting direction her music career is heading.
During your St. Clair College set, I noticed you played a lot of original music and a pop music melody. Were any of the originals you performed unreleased / soon to be released?
Yes! All the songs I performed were songs I wrote (with the exception of the 90s medley), and there was only one that is currently unreleased. The songs were a combination of some of my first singles, as well as the music I just released this year — Light It Up (my favourite), Wrong To Say Goodbye (unreleased), You’ll Think of Me, Misfit, Harden My Heart, and Love Me in the Dark.
In a Facebook post you said you can’t wait to sing some covers of Sean Kingston’s songs “in his face,” did you do that during the show?
Ha ha! Unfortunately not… He actually ended up coming to the show right before his set, so I wasn’t even able to talk to him before hand (and I’m sure he wouldn’t have appreciated me screaming at his face before he went on stage.) But I was lucky enough to meet him at the end of the night and have a quick conversation with him.
Are you a fan of Sean’s? If so what songs are your favourite of his?
I actually really liked all of his songs back in high school. I used to listen to them all the time! My favourite was his song “Eenie Meenie” that he sang with Justin Bieber. I was really hoping to be able to sing that chorus to him haha (darn!) — I think all his songs are super catchy and melodically very interesting for pop.
Your shows are always full of energy especially how you move around the stage and interact with the crowd. How did you enjoy the St. Clair College students? Was there anything memorable?
Thank you so much! I am so comfortable up there, love every second of it. I have so much fun, and I try to get the crowd going as much as I can so they have a good time with me. The crowd at St. Clair was incredible. The fact that they were right up against the stage gave me the opportunity to really connect with them. I think the best moment for me was when they would all put their hands up to try and touch my hand. That was crazy. Definitely a “rock star” moment for me.
How has response to your two latest releases “Love Me In The Dark” and “Harden My Heart Been”?
They’re both doing amazing. I am especially proud of “Harden My Heart” since it was my first single released since the move to Toronto and the name change (from Christie Palazzolo to Christee Palace). They have both surpassed 100k streams on Spotify, with the HMH music video gaining 110k views! That’s absolutely insane. Sometimes I think to myself “Really?! My songs?!”
Right now, Love Me in the Dark is on Canadian radio, and has been played on about 15 stations across Canada so far. That’s pretty sweet. I’m incredibly happy with how well these songs have done.
Tell us a little more about your upcoming performance at Canadian Music Week on May 6 to 12 in Toronto. What day will you perform, have you decided what songs?
I am SO excited to be playing Canadian Music Week! That is something I’ve talked about, and have wanted to do for years and now here I am! I actually have two dates that I will be performing— May 10th (venue to be announced), and May 11th at the Monarch Tavern in Toronto. I will be performing all original songs (and maybe a surprise cover) but the set is a secret, so I guess you will all have to come and watch!
Tell us about your upcoming album.
I have been writing new music for the last few months, on top of promoting my current EP. Right now, the plan is to keep writing and releasing singles, with a new EP to be announced soon. I promise I will give you details once they are available!
Is there anything else coming up that you would like to share?
I will be playing at the Horseshoe Tavern on April 29th in Toronto. I am incredibly excited about this show because there will be a lot of industry folks out to see me. I have a lot of cool things in the works right now!
Can we expect to see you back in the Windsor area anytime soon to perform?
YES!!! I always make it a point to come back to my hometown. I love Windsor so much. I will be performing at the Strawberry Festival, Tecumseh Corn Festival, and the Belle River Sunsplash Festival! I hope to see you guys out!
When we interviewed you back in the summer and we talked about your song “Light It Up” you said it was inspired in part by questioning confidence in yourself. It seems like your music career is only getting better. How is your confidence level now?
Light It Up will always hold such a special place in my heart because of what I was going through when I wrote it. Confidence has always been an issue for me (especially growing up, with music). I will say this, confidence does get better with time and experience. It’s just so important to believe in yourself and not take no for an answer when it comes to your dreams. I think doubting myself and being a little insecure will always resurface every once in awhile, but it’s about not letting it cripple me, and doing things that scare me anyways. I’ve learned that most of the time you can do exactly what you thought you couldn’t.
Your music seems to be evolving along with your career. What’s changed with your newer music?
I think as a whole, I am evolving as a person, and my music is growing with me. I am much more unapologetic about my lyrics and saying/writing exactly what I want to. It’s definitely more mature and personal, which I think is important.
How are things in Toronto?
Toronto is fabulous. I love everything about this city, it was definitely the right move to come here. So much has happened in such a short amount of time being here. I do miss my family SO much because I am really close with them, but honestly, they fuel me to keep reaching for my goals and dreams. They have always kept me on track and supported me no matter what, which makes it easier.
For more information about Christee Palace visit https://www.christeepalace.com
Her music is also available on all major streaming services http://smarturl.it/lovemeinthedark