The Moment I Knew I Wanted To Make Music: Christee Palace

by - May 11, 2023

I was born into a musical family, so for me, music was normal. Performing and practicing were things I was exposed to since I was a young child. I suppose I really didn’t even think it was “special” until I got a bit older. 

I always wrote songs ever since I was in grade school, trying to make sense of my world. My biggest influence to start writing was Avril Lavigne. I loved the honesty in her lyrics and her entire vibe, even as a young girl. I was searching for something to cling on to, and her music did that for me. I remember singing in front of my bathroom mirror pretending I was her…

I also began writing my first songs by stealing her melodies and putting my own lyrics to her songs that made me feel like I wrote them. That was the starting point for me.

I come from this family of musicians, yes, but most of them became teachers. I thought that was my trajectory. I went through years of my education assuming I was headed down the same path, but I was wildly unhappy. I got all the way to University, where it finally hit me.

I had one musical experience that changed my life. I was asked to perform at the International Children’s Games in Windsor, and it was in front of a crowd of 8,000 people, plus televised in over 30 countries worldwide. This experience was special for a few reasons, one being that my dad actually wrote the theme song for the games.

I got up on that stage, terrified, but something changed in me that day. The second the lights hit my face and I opened my mouth to sing in front of all those people, something inside me just clicked. I knew I had to do this. Being on stage is where I feel most comfortable, and it lights a fire in me that I sometimes forget I have.

That was the turning point for me. After that, I told my dad I wanted to pursue music and he was supportive of that decision. My whole family was for that matter. I moved to Toronto a couple years later, and have been here ever since chasing this crazy dream. I will spend forever chasing that level of happiness and pure euphoria. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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