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Making Pretend

I grew up pretending and performing. As a little girl, I made pretend by trying on my grandmother’s old dresses. These garments from her younger days made me feel older and beautiful. Even though most of the fabric draped disproportionately on my frame and settled in piles on the floor, I would still stand on … Read more

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5 New Songs: Closer to Free!

New Music Means Room to Grow I am always so excited to be in the process of recording new music. Unrecorded songs seem small and shapeless in their infancy. When I handed these 5 new songs of mine, just tiny demo recordings on my phone, to my producer, I recalled this process from years gone by. Every … Read more

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“The Only Moment”: The Story Behind the Song

Muggy Mid-July State of Mind Oh, my muggy mid-July state of mind!  Can’t seem to focus my thoughts on anything productive. The air is heavy on my shoulders and drapes itself in a shiny layer onto my skin. I feel stuck and can’t find the energy to make a move. My musings take a turn … Read more

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10 Unusual Tips for Being a Better Songwriter

Joy wells up and floods my chest whenever I hear the intro to Steely Dan’s song, “Aja.” Back when I was a student at Berklee College of Music, Steely Dan became one of my favorite bands with their perfect mix of pop and jazz. Once, in songwriting class, my teacher Pat Pattison drew attention to the lyric … Read more

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Bubble Girl: The Story Behind the Song

Story Behind the Song The “Bubble Girl” song is from the latest Out of the Grey album titled, A Little Light Left, by Christine and Scott Dente. Click here to see the lyrics or view them at the bottom of this page. Bubble Girl #1 This girl is an amalgam of sorts. Parts of our 2 … Read more

The Voice: You Are Your Instrument!

I will never forget that ONE concert in college where I sang that ONE song with that ONE unforgettable note! No, not the thrilling Whitney Houston/Carrie Underwood/Beyoncé kind of note: as high as the heavens, long as the day and loud as a train.  No, this note–my note–was quite the opposite. The VOICE: the Instrument It … Read more

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The Recording Process #1: Singing Lead Vocals

Recording Lead Vocals I thoroughly enjoy the process of recording lead vocals. I usually know my song inside and out by the time it’s time to record my main vocal. It’s my opportunity to play with the words and melody, trying out and creating new features as I sing. Order of Appearance Sometimes I take the … Read more

Christine Dente and Julian Dente in the recording studio

The Recording Process #2: Comping the Lead Vocals

Comping Lead Vocals:The Studio Magic   Have you ever wondered how the finished vocals that you hear on a recording can sound so flawless? Do you stand amazed at the perfect pitch most singers seem to have these days compared to, say, recordings from the ’60’s and ’70’s when the singer occasionally went sharp or flat? … Read more

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The Recording Process #3: Singing Background Vocals Part 1

The Recording Process —BGV’s By Definition Part 1   Starting It Up Have you heard about background vocals, or BGV’s for short? Back Ground Vocals are often the final task and one of the hardest parts of the recording process. Once the artist, producer and players have recorded all of the tracks, the overdubs and … Read more

About Christine

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Hi! I’m Christine Dente. I am a writer and a singer/songwriter.
I am a God-pursuer and a Jesus-follower.

Someone once said that “we write our own medicine.” That’s what I have been doing most of my life with songs and with prose.

  • I try to draw beauty out of the grey shadows of life,
    • trace the shape of grace in childhood traumas,
      • find lifelines of hope in everyday dramas, and
        • share the things I’ve learned along the road.

I grew up on Horseshoe Road in rural Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I spent much of my childhood negotiating the rocky places in my parents’ relationship and the effects of their eventual divorce. Shaped by American culture and family dysfunction, I developed the skills I needed to survive and thrive in my high school years and beyond. Some of those skills needed dismantling when they wore out their usefulness. Some have made me what I am today.

In 1985, I met Scott Dente at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
We graduated and married in 1987, moving to Nashville, Tennessee, a year later.

Armed with 2 cats and a guitar, we took on the music business and became recording artists 2 years later.

As Out of the Grey, Scott and I had the privilege of writing, recording, and performing our music as we were raising our family. You can find out more about Out of the Grey here.

After years of homeschooling and touring, our 3 children grew up and out of the house.
With more time on my hands, I let my thoughts and memories stretch their legs and take their turn in the journey.
I get to write books, blogs, and music.
I get to work on my issues with fear and faith.
I can discover some freedom in getting older.

This is where you find me.

May the words of my medicine and the meditations of my heart inspire and encourage you on your own journey!
Thanks for listening,

Christine

Books by Christine Dente

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Christine's 5-Song EP

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