We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Wells and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It started back in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey. I saw how our community came together after so much tragedy and it inspired me to write the song Come Hell or High Water. And then I wanted to perform the song so I put together The Christina Wells Band. We played together for about a year and then I got the opportunity to audition for the celebrity judges on America’ s Got Talent. And that was a whirlwind that took over my life. After making it to the Semifinals on the show and returning home I had so many requests for me to perform. So on November 15th I went ahead and took the plunge and quit my job as a nurse and started pursing my singing and motivational speaking full time.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I always thought singing was my main talent and creative outlet but the more time I spend on stage and the more time I spend getting to know myself I realize that my singing is a small part of my artistry. When I sing I usually speak to the audience and I have found that my natural personality is inspiring to others and I am able to share my positivity. At first this was challenging because I felt like my singing didn’t have value any longer but I had to learn to accept what my fan base wanted from me. I think one of the biggest lessons I have had to learn along the way is to remember why you wanted to do this in the first place. I have had some really upsetting failures. Lost money. Lost opportunities. Lost relationships both personal and business. And through it all I have had to stop and remind myself why I want to do this. Then Covid hit and just like so many other artists I found myself at a loss once again. I cried a lot and I asked God why. And I felt selfish for caring about music when people were dying. And then I started trying to find ways to still reach out and create. If I want anyone to know and understand anything about me and the brand that I have built, it is that it hasn’t been easy and nothing happens overnight. I have only been doing this for 3 years and I want to quit all the time. All the time. And that’s with having a reality talent show on my resume. I can’t even imagine trying to do this music thing from scratch . But I wouldn’t change a thing. All the bruises and all the drama and all the frustrations have led to thicker skin, and better music and deeper connections. So don’t give up on your dreams! Don’t let the hard work beat you down.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my bestie was coming to Houston I would take them to see Montrose – definitely gotta hit Hamburger Mary’s and JR’s! Then I would want to take them to The Breakfast Klub for the best biscuits and gravy! Woo then they gotta have a Boudain ball from 210 Fusion Cuisine (I hear the chef there is the bomb!) Then we need to go to see the skyline and the lights on 59 – I love those lights. Oh and the graffiti park with all the Houston art and the overpass that says Be Someone. And then at night we have to see a drag show like The Broad’s Way or Black Girl Magic! And for dessert…….hmmm I think that we have to get some Tex Mex and have sopapillas at El Tiempo or NInfas.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The person who has been the wind beneath my wings from day 1 is David Wuensch. He is my manager and my best friend. He believes in me unconditionally and uses every skill and tool at his disposal to support this dream. He owns a a creative services company called KWIRX Creative and the team at KWIRX also deserve a huge shout out! I am so grateful for the way they have cultivated and helped to create the brand this is CHRISTINA WELLS. I knew that brand management was a thing but its a whole new story when you are trying to make sure that who you truly are shines through to your audience and David and KWIRX do that for me every single day!
Professional photos by Tasha Gorel of Natasha Nivan Photography