Christen Cole was born into a family of musicians. From a young age, she was classically trained on piano by her mother, a virtuoso pianist, organist, and violist who studied with bass legend Edgar Meyer. At twelve years old, Christen longed to expand her instrumentation to guitar, and her grandfather, a bluegrass guitarist, taught her three chords. Classical piano had already given her a strong musical foundation, and so by the time she had finished high school, she had written over 500 songs.
While in college, she played hundreds of shows in the Tulsa, OK, area, and decided to move to Nashville, TN upon graduation to pursue her music. Christen was welcomed to New River Fellowship, founded by CCM artist Michael W. Smith, and was immediately asked to begin filling in for him to lead worship while he was on tour. She was also hired on staff as a worship leader at Brentwood United Methodist Church, the second largest Methodist church in the nation at 8,000 members.
From 2010-2011, Christen recorded two EPs with veteran Nashville engineer/producer Bret Teegarden (DC Talk/Twila Paris/ Michael W. Smith), but had already become in demand as a live multi-instrumentalist and background vocalist. She took a break from performing her own music for a year while working as a sidewoman for nationally touring artists. She has shared the stage with Ben Rector, Collective Soul, Better Than Ezra, Eli Young Band, Jake Owens, Lonestar, Matthew Perryman Jones, and Butterfly Boucher.
In November of 2010, Christen met producer/multi-instrumentalist Lee Holland. Lee challenged Christen to not settle for anything but the best from herself, and after playing together for two years, they began working on "How To Run," a 5-song EP which was released October 28, 2013. While recording the EP, Christen rediscovered herself musically, found her voice, and reached a new level of musicianship. She has been compared to a wide variety of musical artists including The Beatles, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Sixpence None the Richer and Sheryl Crow.
Christen is currently booking for her 2014 tour and has begun working on her full-length album.
Christen is also actively involved in relief efforts to Jacmel, Haiti through the organization Restore Haiti (www.restorehaiti.com). She has been to Haiti seven times since her first time there in 2009, and plans to return there at least once a year.