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St. Charles singer romances success

Though she came of age during disco’s heyday, vocalist Maureen Christine has a special love for the music of the Great American Songbook.

The St. Charles resident, who often performs with her husband, instrumentalist Michael Bazan, adores the lush pop standards of the 1930s through the 1960s, including the works of George and Ira Gershwin, songs of the Big Band era, and the Broadway melodies of Rogers and Hammerstein.

“The lyrics are timeless, romantic and often happy. I’m not a singer that gets into darker material or the blues,” she said.

She also has a heart for the generation that calls the music their own. “I love performing for seniors. They appreciate great lyrics and soaring melodies, which is what I love to sing,” she said.

Throughout her adult life, music has been Christine’s primary career, as a recording artist, performing in concerts, at weddings, events, and as a singer of commercial jingles and the National Anthem.  This year, she’ll perform about 150 shows which she books herself, though her company, Crystal Clear Music. She also schedules backing musicians as needed.  “I have an organized personality, I’m detail oriented and not a procrastinator,” she said.

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