As a child growing up in Buffalo, NY, Christina Courtin started singing at an early age and at an early age, she knew that she was going to get involved in music. She later studied violin at Juilliard – but when word go out that Courtin also sang, she formed a band and had her debut effort released by Nonesuch Records in 2009. Varsity is Courtin’s sophomore effort and it’ll see a March 5th, 2013 release from Hundred Pockets Records. “Varsity,” the title track is the first single from that effort, and it has a quirky, but rocking edge. in some way, I was reminded me of a slowed down Yeah, Yeah Yeahs, actually. 

The video for the single accurately captures the song – and the artist’s – quirkIness. It’s just a lot of fun to watch. 

When she isn’t writing her own songs, Courtin has played violin as a backing musician for the likes of Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithfull, Yo-Yo Ma, the Dirty Projectors, Iron and Wine, and others. So if you haven’t heard of her now, I suspect you’ll be hearing a lot about her in the upcoming year.