by: PHOTO BY BRUCE LEE / ALTER IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY - Christine Yvette presents her very own tapestry of Oregon music on 'Heartsong,' her first solo CD.For her first solo CD venture as a recording artist, Christine Yvette got a little help from her friends in Lake Oswego.

The singer-song writer who resides in Wilsonville didn’t have to go far to obtain help on the finishing touches of her new CD “Heartsong.” She lined up Howard Givens of Spotted Peccary Music NW to make the final mix and mastering of her music, and for the photography she called on the talented Bruce Lee of Alter Image Photography. Both are based in Lake Oswego.

Her judgment on their work: “Amazing!”

In fact, the entire album has a rich Oregon feel to it.

“I wanted a lot of Oregon musicians on it,” said Yvette, whose previous contributions to CDs were as a backup singer and songwriter. “It was like a tapestry with all of these musicians on all of the different songs.

“Heartsong” is good listening. It has a light pop, easy going feeling with jazz and gospel influences. Yvette even brought in the famed gospel choir Chosen Generation. She was also accompanied by some world class musicians in guitarist Eddie Martinez and jazz sax player Patrick Lamb, who also served as co-writer on some of the songs. Besides doing the vocals, Yvette plays keyboards on her CD.

“I’ve been writing songs since I was a little girl growing up in a really small town in Minnesota,” Yvette said. “When I moved to Oregon I started getting jazz influences.

“What I liked best about this record is that a lot of my friends played on it and that I got to meet a lot of new people,” Yvette said. “A neat accomplishment for myself is that I wrote or co-wrote all of the songs.”

For more about Christine Yvette and “Heartsong,” go to her web site at . The video of her song “I Miss You” can be viewed on the website.

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