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Cristen Grey and the Moving Dunes: Bio

Cristen Grey - Lead Vocal - Lead & Rhythm Guitar

A veteran musician with a touring history, Cristen opened up for the likes of Quiet Riot, Cinderella, Missing Persons and a few other “Glam” bands during the late eighties as a rhythm and lead guitarist for the regionally successful metal band “All Eyes”.  Under the auspices of All Eyes she flourished as a songwriter and artist paving the way for her most recent incarnation as Cristen Grey and the Moving Dunes. 

An award winning writer and producer in his own right, Brian Widger who co-produced the bands most recent CD entitled “10,000 Things” allied with Cristen to help form the band and since then Cristen Grey and the Moving Dunes have demonstrated a superlative talent for blending adult contemporary rock with everything from americana and blues, to metal-tinged power ballads. 

Not only can they perform as a fully electrified band with up to seven pieces, they also can incrementally reduce down to an acoustic duet.   

Over the past few years, many of their songs have received recognition from the New Mexico Music Awards and have garnered several awards, all of which were produced and engineered by Cristen Grey and Brian Widger. 

Cisten Grey and the Moving Dunes have performed over the past few years at festivals such as the Hyperactive Music Festival and recently at one of this region’s favorite Thirsty Ear Festival (on the bill with artists such as Keb’ Mo’, Bela Fleck and Steel Pulse) and at local hotspots such as the Santa Fe Sol, Cowgirl Hall of Fame, El Paseo, Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Launchpad and El Rey Theatre, just to name a few. 

Artist/Writer Accolades: 2012 Nominated under category 'Mainstream Rock' by the NMMA (NM Music Awards) for 'Just Be' 2012 Nominated under category 'Best Vocal Performance' by the NMMA (NM Music Awards) for 'All I want' 2011 Nominated under category 'Best Alternative' and awarded 'Best Alternative' for 'Lonely World' by the NMMA (NM Music Awards) *Cristen Grey as co-producer 2011 Nominated under category 'Mainstream Rock' by the NMMA (NM Music Awards) for 'Look at Me' 2011 Nominated under category 'Punk' by the NMMA (NM Music Awards) for 'Look at Me' 2010 Nominated under category 'Best Pop Single' by the NMMA (NM Music Awards) for 'Rock Bottom' 2010 Nominated under category 'Best Pop CD' by the NMMA (NM Music Awards) for the album '10,000 Things' 2009 Nominated under category 'Cross-Over Song of the Year' by the NMHEA (NM Hispano Entertainers Assoc.) for 'So Much Better' 2009 Nominated under category ‘Main-Stream Rock’ by the NMMA (NM Music Awards)for 'Bad Emotion' 2008 Nominated under category ‘Best Rock-Adult Contemporary’ and awarded ‘Best Rock-Adult Contemporary’ by the NMMA for 'So Much Better' 2008 Selected to showcase at the Hyperactive Music Festival in Albuquerque, NM 2007 Nominated under category 'Best Rock-Adult Contemporary' and awarded ‘Best Rock-Adult Contemporary’ by the NMMA for 'Absolute' 2006-2008 Selected to showcase at Hyperactive Music Festival in Albuquerque, NM 2004 Placed as semi-finalist in the national 2004 Billboard Magazine Independent Music World Series (IMWS) competition 2003 Material selected for the Durango Songwriters Expo where it was performed for select industry professionals 2002 Nominated under category ‘Album of the Year’ by the NMMA (NM Music Awards) for Just a Little Reminder

Please hear sample sound-scapes entitled: Montage I Montage II Montage III

Brain 'Brain' Widger - Lead & Rhythm Guitar-Synth Guitar, Backing Vocals

Brian Widger: Not much is known about 'Brain' yes that's correct 'BRAIN'. He's so far removed from societal integration due to his hermetic musical genius. You know the type, mismatched colored socks, couldn't tell you what day it is. When asked to describe his music, "I'm kinda like a feathered fist", yes these are in his own words...you get the picture.

Mark Clark - Drums, Percussion and Backing Vocals

A native of Santa Fe, Mark has toured the world with various renowned musical acts. Aside from playing with Cristen Grey and the Moving Dunes, Mark records and tours with Sony Music recording artist Ottmar Liebert and Rainsong Records recording artist Jono Manson. His most recent recording accomplishments include tracks on Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) newest CD and John Poppers newest project. Mark endorses Latin Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Aquarian Drumheads.

James Maldonado - Bass and Backing Vocals

James Maldonado is a New Jersey native who spent most of his childhood on the move. Before his 8th birthday, James had lived in San Paolo, Brazil, Albuquerque, New Mexico, New York City, and finally New Jersey. Starting at the age of 10, James began his music career on saxophone, and has since continued to add many new instruments to his musical ability. Today, James' repetoire includes playing guitar, saxophone, rudiments percussion, voice, and electric and upright bass. Since his beginning with music James has immerced himself in many different musical genres, including wind ensembles, concert bands, choirs, symphony orchestras, rock bands, drum lines, chamber groups, jazz bands, latin combos, and multiple other musical projects, as well as song-writing.
Some of James' background in instruction and private tutoring includes: Linda McNight, teacher of double bass at Montclair Sate University, New York University (Manhattan), Columbia University, and The Manhattan School of Music; Buddy Booker, Electric bass player and teacher out of New York City; Dennis Delucia, rudiments in percussion; Lewis Winn, Jazz guitarist in Albuquerque and Santa Fe; Robert "Milo" Jaramillo, Bassist in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. In addition, James has also attended Victor Wooten's Bass/Nature Camp in Tennesse, where instruction was given by bass-playing greats such as Victor Wooten himself, Steve Baily, Richard Bona, Stu Hamm, Adam Nidi, ANthony Wellington, and the great Chuck Rainey.
James is currently furthering his musical ability as he finishes his last semester at the College of Santa Fe's Contemporary Music Program where he was featured as a Spot Light Student. He has recently been featured as a bassist on recordings for the Mediterranean Ensemble's "Mezze" release. He can also be seen around Santa Fe playing with the Nacha Mendez Group (latin jazz), Cheverendongo (salsa), Human Family (R&B) and Mayamundi (world music brought to you by Ethnosphere Muisc Lab), as well as many other groups.

Justin Bransford - Bass

Master bassist of modern music. Plays with "Sol Fire", "Jetpack Rental" and other local artists. Santa Fe native; teaches music at Santa Fe Prep and also the United World College of the American West. Plays piano and bass for National Dance Institute of New Mexico.

Jose Romero - Bass

Jose is renown in Santa Fe for having appeared as one of the musicians in the film Crazy Heart and for backing Jeff Bridges up live at the Lensic when he performed in New Mexico. A native New Mexicanm, he performs with various artists here in New Mexico and has garnered a reputation for being an exceptional bass player.