Christy McKinnon was born in Tokyo,Japan and raised in Seattle, Wa. U.S.A.
She started playing piano around the age of 10 and as the youngest of 4,
was influenced by many styles of music.She loved to sing and it wasn't long
before she was writing her own songs.
Her first real introduction to the music business was with a country band from
Mount Vernon, Wa, as the lead female vocalist.Since that time, she has
performed and toured with several bands and has evolved as a singer, keyboard
player, guitarist and occasional drummer / percussionist
Christy has written many songs and in 2004 released a CD called "Recollections"
in collaboration with guitarist Roger Keith Wheeler.The CD is a heartwarming
collection of great melodies and story telling, reflecting the music careers of
both Christy and Roger.The CD demonstrates an excellent representation
of Christy's vocal ability in many styles of music.
In the fall of 2009, The Blackvelvet4 Band was the core band of an "All Star"
show at Salmon Days in Issaquah Wa.that included a rare US dynamic
performance of Mungo Jerry (of "In the Summertime" fame).The show also
featured Alan White, drummer from the band "Yes" and Don Wilson of the
In the past 3 years Christy has been invited to the coveted "All Star Icon Jam"
at the January NAMM Show held in the Anaheim Convention Center, California.
For 2 years she was assigned as co-musical director for the show, playing
keyboards and singing alongside members of many famous bands including
Koko Powell, Doug Rappoport(Edgar Winter Band) bassist Jeff Ganz (Johnny
Winter Band) Drummer Chris Slade (AC/DC) Buck Darma and Richie Castellano
(Blue Oyster Cult) Jeff Peevar (Crosby, Stills and Nash), Mungo Jerry and a host
more great players.
Currently Christy is performing with the "Blackvelvet Duo", "Blackvelvet4"
Band,"Second Hand Newz" a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, "Shooting Star" a
Bad Company tribute band and an occasional performance with "Cherry Cherry"
a Neil Diamond tribute band.
Music and performance are Christy's passion, a wonderful musician and person
well worth the trip to see and hear!