Award-winning songwriter Christa Wells, known for penning outside-the-box hits like "Held" (Natalie Grant) and "Need You Now" (Plumb) is coming into her own as an indie artist, delivering honest, piano-driven pop songs on grief, hope, and community in her own unique voice & style. FEED YOUR SOUL, Christa’s most recent release, only further solidifies her reputation for writing music that poignantly articulates the condition of the human heart.
Christa expertly weaves lyrics & melody and works with her producers at Zodlounge Music in Nashville to set the songs in a sonic landscape that moves from energetic full-production (Vanity Vanity) to intimate acoustic performances (Have Your Eyes Open). Her vocal style has been compared to Alison Sudol (A Fine Frenzy), Regina Spektor, and Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs).
Feed Your Soul explores a sub-theme of learning to love & be loved. For this project, Christa received plenty of love from her fans in a successful Kickstarter campaign that funded most of her recording costs.
Despite the outpouring of support, Christa found the process terrifying. About the campaign, Christa says, “You feel so vulnerable and exposed and indebted and needy.” The experience influenced her writing. On “Being Loved,” for example, Christa sings: Being loved is a hard thing to take / I will try, I will try, while the song’s cinematic bridge conveys vulnerability: We are born unclothed / As we came, we will go.
Prior to Feed Your Soul, Christa had released two solo projects (Frame the Clouds & How Emptiness Sings) and collaborated on several other projects. In spring of 2013, Christa and fellow songwriter Nicole Witt released an album of folk-inspired worship music under the band name More Than Rubies.
Christa’s 2011 EP How Emptiness Sings received excellent reviews. Ken Davis of New Release Tuesday called it “one of the most captivating albums I’ve ever heard.” The Christian Manifesto said the record was “nothing short of phenomenal.”
The path to her Christa’s present success was non-traditional. Instead of spending her twenties networking and performing at showcases, Christa married early, started a family, and moved from Nashville to Raleigh, North Carolina. Motherhood, performance anxiety, and advice from veteran songwriter Dwight Liles led Christa to focus on her writing.
In 2006, Christa was named Songwriter of the Year by the Gospel Music Association for Natalie Grant’s recording of “Held.” In this heartbreaking and inspirational song about the loss of a baby boy, Christa writes: This is what it is to be loved and to know / That the promise was that when everything fell / We’d be held.
In 2009, Christa returned to the stage, overcoming her performance anxiety along the way. Since then, she has performed upwards of fifty dates a year, frequently with collaborator Nicole Witt. Christa has also written for and with recording artists Point of Grace, Plumb, Selah, Sara Groves, Nicol Sponberg, and Jessica Campbell. “Day by Day,” a song Christa co-wrote with Plumb, was recorded by Point of Grace and reached #1 on the Contemporary Christian Market charts.
Christa currently lives with her family in Raleigh, North Carolina.