For the last 3 years, Cristabelle has met with members of Congress to lobby for brain injury legislation, and use her voice and story to advocate for brain injury survivors. She has been a part of Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill, alongside the Brain Injury Association of America. (Pictured in March 2019)
Sharing the Journey
It’s about so much more than music - Cristabelle takes time to connect with all she meets. A story from the Hope Survives Tour: “This guy was the first one I met when we walked into Beacon House brain injury clubhouse. His smile is just contagious! After the show, I spent some time talking with him some more to hear about his journey through brain injury. Each word was a struggle for him to speak, however he had more joy than anyone I'd ever seen. He then asked if he could pray for me, laid his hand on my head, and began to pray and thank Jesus with everything he had. It's moments like this that remind me why hope survives.”
Just one example of countless moments in Cristabelle’s ministry with brain injury!
BIAPA Award and Advocacy
Cristabelle is very involved with the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, where she resides. Pictured: In 2017 she was presented with an award for her work with Hope After Head Injury at their annual conference (where she also gave the keynote). In 2018 she traveled to the state capitol in Harrisburg to advocate for brain injury with members of the Senate.
Sharing the Word
Cristabelle giving a message on freedom found in identity through Christ at a church retreat weekend, where she also led worship. She has spoken at many women’s events, youth events, and church conferences and retreats, sharing the Word and hope in Jesus.
Singing with Survivors
After releasing “Hope Survives”, Cristabelle traveled all over the US singing & sharing hope at over 60 different places; meeting so many inspiring survivors & caregivers at brain injury groups, rehab centers, clubhouses, camps, conferences, and more! Pictured with brain injury survivors at some of the places she went.
Cristabelle's First Book
Cristabelle released her first book independently in January 2018, called “more to me: discovering your freedom through identity”. It is an interactive journey and prayer journal based on one of her songs. Here’s a testimony from a reader of the book:
“I went through your book this past week. It's so much more than just a Bible study because you share so much of yourself in it. Please believe whatever you went through, it's all been worth it. I have a more open heart to the Lord now, and more faith in His love for me because of the journey I took through your book.”
Songwriting and Recording
Cristabelle writes all of her own music. She recorded her newest release, Start With Hello, at Yackland Studio in Nashville, TN.
Mayo Clinic Keynote
Cristabelle giving the keynote at the Mayo Clinic’s Brain Injury Conference, for health care professionals in the field. She shared about her personal journey through brain injury, what survivors go through, and sang songs from “Hope Survives”. She has spoken at many other brain injury conferences as well.
Music Industry Speaking
Presenting at Vale Music Group’s annual conference on "Building A Career In Music"- focusing on the ins and outs of how to make a full time career as an independent music artist.
Cristabelle says, “This journey has been a lot of learning on how to independently manage booking, marketing, and all the business stuff on top of the creative aspects of being an artist. I love getting to share some of what I've learned as an artist to help others. It was such an amazing opportunity to encourage students and aspiring artists and musicians to make their dreams a reality in music!! I just want to see everyone follow their callings with confidence and purpose!”