|Birth name||Cristina Sanchez Ruiz|
|Born||31 May 1978|
|Origin||Fuengirola, Andalucia, Spain|
|Genres||R&B, pop, flamenco|
Cristina Sánchez Ruiz (born 31 May 1978), better known as Cristie, is a Spanish flamenco singer who became famous with her involvement in the reality TV series Operación Triunfo in the winter of 2002 and 2003.
Cristina Sanchez was born on May 31, 1978 in Fuengirola, Málaga. She and her two brothers were raised in Fuengirola by their father. She is not the only of her family who can sing - her cousin Anabel Conde has won the national Euro song contest in Spain. At 16 years old she stopped studying and dedicated herself to music. She had to work in a clothes store, but very quickly she formed a group with some friends and began to sing in bars and pubs of Fuengirola.
Her beginning in showbiz was in a flamenco band called Cheli 3, in which they made fusions of flamenco, gospel and funk. She then joined Caste Huarochiri, where she became more deeply involved in flamenco and dance, and then Los Activos. With them, Cristie travelled through the settings of the most prominent festivals of Spain including Espárrago Rock, Festimad, The Festival of Autumn of Madrid, and The Sea of Music. She also performed in other countries including the Expo of Hannover, the Pop Kom (Germany) and the theater Ouro Verde in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2002, Cristie spent seven months acting in the Blue Note of Tokyo.
On return to Spain, José María Elegant (the prestigious guitarist of classical flamenco) asked Cristie to form part of his group, La Maestranza, and to act in the Bienal of Flamenco of Seville. This same month, Cristie presented herself to the casting of Operación Triunfo, entering the Academy of Artists. When Cristie was voted out after 6 weeks, they started to work together again, which resulted in the release of Puro Teatro in 2004.
Singles / Collaborations
|2002||"No Quiero Sufrir"||Single|
|2003||"No Te Dejare Jamas" (Tony Santos featuring Cristie)||Alma Negra|
|2004||"Pal Infierno"||Puro Teatro|
|2005||"Amame (remix)"||Puro Teatro|
|2006||"Marbella"||Con La Suerte En Los Tacones|
|2006||"Apunta mi Teléfono"||Con La Suerte En Los Tacones|
No Quiero Sufrir
Contestants of Operación Triunfo (a kind of Spanish Pop Idol), were offered the possibility to record a single, with the idea of reaching the goal of 200.000 copies sold. If any of the contestants did so, they would receive a record deal. Cristie, after she was voted off from the show, released her first single called "No quiero sufrir", ("I Want No More Pain"). The song was well received from fans, and had good reviews from the critics, but she only reached 76.000 copies, missing the goal. However, she got a recording contract with O'Clock Music, and early next year (2004), she released her first solo album Puro Teatro.
Puro Teatro was the debut album of Cristie. It's a CD with different styles of music, mostly flamenco, but with a flavour of R&B, Pop and a lot of songs of the style which in Spain is referred to as Funky. "Puro Theatro" is the title track; its name is after a song of the great Puertorican musician and composer Catalino Curet Alonso.
This album was described by critics as Urban-Flamenco or New Flamenco/Nuevo Flamenco. They emphasize the song called "Tonight" produced by Noel Pastor and Dioni Gómez. The Soleá subject is dedicated to her hometown, Fuengirola. In Soleá, Pedro Javier Hermosilla and Mayan Juan collaborate in the track. Other producers that also participite in the commented disc are Noel Pastor and Dioni Gómez who have worked with artists like Tony Santos, Tony Aguilar and Austin. They have produced two subjects of the album Cambiar and Tonight. First single was Pal Infierno, a flamenco fusion of R&B and soul.
Con La Suerte En Los Tacones
Her second album is 'Con la suerte en los tacones', which means 'With the luck in stilettos'. The disk has 14 songs, 5 which have been composed by Cristie. The style is very fresh, with use of such genres as Soul, R&B, Salsa, Funky, Ballad, and of course, flamenco. Cristie said: "With this new album I want to express myself as I am, without feeling pressured to be who I'm not".
- Marbella Videoclip
The first single is called Marbella. One of the more luxurious 'beaches' of Marbella, the Ocean Club, was converted into a massive film set for the filming of the videoclip.
DVDs & Videos
- 2002-2003: "Operación Triunfo 2"
- 2002: "No Quieto Sufrir"
- 2003: "Sigo Mi Camino" (with Tony Santos)
- 2005: "Amame Remix" (with Cristie & Band)
- 2005: "Host guest TNT" (program of Telecinco)
- 2005: "Camino De Belen" (with Lidia Reyes)
- 2006: "Marbella" (Released - On Rotation)
- 2006: "Apunta Mi Tleefono" (Not released)
- Cristie's cousins, Anabel Conde (2º finalist of eurovision 95) and Cristina Conde (grupo la fiesta) are also artists.
- The song "Se Que Estas" ("I Know You're There") is dedicated to her mother who died.
- Her life is divided between Casares and Fuengirola.