If there is one thing you need to know, it’s this: Cristabelle Braden offers more than music; she offers inspiration, hope, and sincerity. Her life is a miraculous testimony of courage and strength, described perfectly by the title of her new album – Hope Survives.
On a Sunday evening as a young teen, Cristabelle attended her youth group as she did every week. But this was no ordinary night at youth group: as a result of a running game accident, Cristabelle hit her head off a cement wall and onto the floor. The swelling in her brain caused a traumatic brain injury and in one instant her life was changed forever. As other teenagers were learning how to drive, having sleepovers, and going to the mall, Cristabelle was just trying to get through each day while suffering from memory loss, headaches, overstimulation, fatigue, and more. She spent years in rehabilitation therapy and spent time away from school. Cristabelle was told by her doctors that she may never graduate high school, be independent from her parents, or be able to go away to college – yet she has grown and overcome barriers that were never dreamed possible, including graduating from college with a double major of music and religion, releasing three albums of original music, and touring the country as a singer and speaker on brain injury.
During the process of brain injury rehabilitation, music began to take shape in her life and heart. Although she had never written a song before her brain injury, during the first month afterwards songs started to pour out of her. Although she continued to struggle with simple daily tasks, her ability to create music flourished; and most notably, her ability to write beautifully poignant lyrics despite word-finding issues in daily conversation. Within the first few years, she had written hundreds of songs. It soon became clear to all who knew Cristabelle that her music was something meant to be shared.
The hope Cristabelle lives out each day shines through on stage and off, as she shares her emotional journey with a sweet sincerity and a wisdom far beyond her years. This clearly comes through in her newest release, Hope Survives. This album, entirely written by Cristabelle, tells her story through songs narrating the struggle of finding hope through the darkest times, never giving up, and continuing to fight despite the most difficult of circumstances.
Through her journey of recovery, Cristabelle grew more and more passionate about TBI support and awareness, and now has become very active as an advocate for brain injury. The goal of her organization “Hope After Head Injury” is to provide a support system which focuses on the emotional aspect on healing from brain injury. Cristabelle effectively uses social media to reach out to brain injury survivors and caregivers through an active online support group, weekly live video chats, and posts encouraging the community to keep going through the daily struggles of brain injury.
One of her videos entitled “You Look Fine: The Real Life Struggle of an Invisible Injury” went viral on Facebook and now has over 75,000 views (and counting). This led to her being invited to speak at brain injury conferences across the nation. In 2016 she spoke at the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island Annual Conference, the Brain Injury Network of North Dakota Annual Conference, and the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania Annual Conference. For 2017, she’s already scheduled to speak and sing at the Mayo Clinic Brain Injury Conference, the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, and Penn Medicine Mind Your Brain Conference.
Hope Survives, released on February 24, 2017, kicks off National Brain Injury Awareness Month (March). Cristabelle is spending the entire month of March on the Hope Survives Tour, sharing her story and music at brain injury support groups, rehab centers, and concerts across the eastern US. Hope Survives is her fourth release, following her debut EP Harmony in 2011, I Am Yours in 2013, and a two part Christmas album entitled All Is Calm – All Is Bright in 2015.
Having a traumatic brain injury is not an easy road, but the knowledge that God has a plan for her life has empowered her to overcome adversity. Her hope and prayer is that she can impact the lives of others, whether it be through a lyric, melody, or a simple word of encouragement. Cristabelle has come a very long way and is now a focused young woman with a simple desire to share a message of hope wherever she goes.
For more information and tour dates, visit cristabellebraden.com. For more about Cristabelle’s work with brain injury, visit hopeafterheadinjury.com
TV Interview on CBN – Studio 5 with Efrem Graham
“Finding Light” Episode – CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL EPISODE
Hope Survives Album + Tour Press Kit / Photos – Click Here
Short Bio (for use in printed materials):
Cristabelle Braden is a singer, songwriter, speaker on brain injury, and the founder of Hope After Head Injury. After suffering a traumatic brain injury as a young teen, she has grown and overcome barriers that were never dreamed possible, including graduating from college, releasing three albums of original music, and touring the country as a singer and speaker on brain injury. She never wrote a song before the brain injury, but within the first month of recovery songs started pouring out of her. All of this has given Cristabelle a great resolve to use music to share her hope-filled story of rehabilitation from brain injury as a way to encourage and empower others going through similar circumstances.
She has just released her third original album entitled Hope Survives, with songs all about her journey through brain injury, and has toured all over the country to sing and speak at brain injury support groups, rehab centers, conferences, music venues, and more. The goal of her organization Hope After Head Injury is to provide a support system which focuses on the emotional aspect on healing from brain injury, with an emphasis on online support. For more information, visit cristabellebraden.com.
“We had the amazing opportunity to have Cristabelle Braden speak and sing for our clients and staff at Success Rehabilitation Inc. Her energy and storytelling ability were electrifying! She fully engaged her audience for 90 minutes, and left us wanting more. Our clients felt that Cristabelle’s story was their story, too, and her music was enthralling. Cristabelle’s message is about possibilities. She left us all feeling that while perfection is not attainable, we can adjust to changes and reach new destinations. I highly recommend listening to her message of sunshine and hope.”
-Ronnie Pozzi, Director of Client Services, Success Rehabilitation, Inc.
“Cristabelle led a powerful worship service of song and testimony at our church as a missions emphasis. Local members of brain injury support groups joined us. Before the service, she graciously met with our youth personally. One girl present told a family member that she would remember the night forever. I certainly will. Her singing is extraordinary, as is her courageous, transparent testimony of God’s grace.”
-Rev Jeff Coppage, Pastor, Fries Memorial Moravian Church, Winston-Salem NC
“Cristabelle Braden is real-life living, breathing, walking miracle, and testimony! She is a genuine, spiritually gifted, prolific writer, and multi-instrumentalist, who also has been given the incredible talent to sing as well as powerfully perform the songs God has given her. Cristabelle is also a truly gracious and humble young woman of God, with a servants heart. You absolutely need to invite her to your church, youth ministry, or musical outreach outreach event. You will be blessed and completely inspired at what God will do through her ministry!”
-Rev. John Accunzo, Ministry Director and Engineer at Souled Out: The Basement at St. David’s Philadelphia, PA
2/24/17 – “Hope Survives” EP | 5/4/13 – “I Am Yours” EP | 5/14/11 – “Harmony” EP
All are available wherever digital music is sold – click the album cover to view in iTunes.
Listen to Hope Survives now! Full lyric video playlist here:
New music video – filmed on the Hope Survives Tour 2017:
11/4/16 – “All Is Calm – All Is Bright” Christmas CD (hard copy only)
11/4/16 – “All Is Bright – EP” (digital only)
11/13/15 – “All Is Calm – EP” (digital only)
May 2017 – Exclusive Interview on NewReleaseToday.com
April 2017 – Hope Survives Album Review / Interview on JesusFreakHideout.com
March 2017 – TV Interview on CBN – Studio 5 with Efrem Graham
March 2017 – Hope Survives album review on NewReleaseToday.com
March 2017 – Live Interview on WBFJ FM with Kurt Myers
February 2017 – Interview/Article on the Huffington Post by Amy Zellmer
January 2017 – Interview with Dr. Shawn Greener
December 2016 – Good Day PA! Interview on abc27
November 2016 – Rocking The Valley Radio Interview
March 2016 – Rocking The Valley Radio Interview
February 2016 – Good Day PA! Interview on abc27
October 2015 – Live TV Interview/Songs on the Acoustic Roadshow on BCTV
May 2015 – Feature Interview for FlipsidePA / Lebanon Daily News
June 2013 – Feature Interview for Lebanon Daily News
November 2012 – Concert Review for Lebanon Daily News
April 2012 – Interview on WJTL 90.3 Radio
Listen: segment 1 / segment 2 / Watch Video Interview
For upcoming shows, click here. March 2017’s brain injury awareness month tour:
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