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The March edition of Quincy's Words & Music program, slated to happen Thursday, March 12 at Patti's Thunder Café starting at 7:00pm, will feature the original work of local singer-songwriter Brandi Christensen. Christensen is well known around town for her many years working the register at Quincy Natural Foods; this is her debut as a Featured Artist at Words & Music. 

Brandi Christensen's unique songwriting style was born from a combination of extended family musical get-together events (which she was too shy to play or sing at) and her love of melody in all its forms. After writing songs in her head for years, she asked her father and he started teaching her guitar on her 12th birthday. This gift proved to be just what Brandi needed to survive her difficult and often challenging teenage years. Though the first guitar she owned was an electric given to her by a boyfriend, Brandi soon learned that the acoustic guitar was the heart of her music. She bought her first acoustic at 15 after saving up from a babysitting job all summer. As Brandi developed her voice she realized that her songwriting and singing was not only a way for her to survive emotional damage but she could help heal others as well. With a guitar/vocal blend that has been described as “hypnotic” Brandi considers her songs working emotions and is known to sing them differently each time she performs based on how she feels at the time.

Brandi says many of her influences are independent musicians that most people haven't heard of because most commercial music is overproduced and not true to the artist. A few names she does cite as influences are John Katchur, Neil Diamond and Stevie Nicks. With over 30 songs stockpiled away, Brandi is working on selecting songs for her debut CD which she hopes to start recording before the end of 2015.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:15. An open mic sign-up is available to all interested parties and performances will begin at 8:00. Words and Music is sponsored by Plumas Arts and there is a three dollar entry charge at the door. Beverages are available for purchase.

Words & Music is a program of Plumas Arts, featuring acoustic performances of music and the spoken word. For more information about this or any of the many programs sponsored by Plumas Arts, please call (530) 283-3402, visit online or stop by the Plumas Arts Gallery located at 525 Main St. in Quincy. Office hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am to 5:00pm.