Christel Mayven


Christel Mayven is a vocalist and songwriter based in The Netherlands. She composes lyrical and soul-baring pop songs, with a rich blend of contemporary jazz, world and classical music.

In September 2018, Christel Mayven records her forthcoming solo debut The Dream at Wedgeview Studios, The Netherlands. Her first single Winter's Glow appears November 2018.

With The Dream Christel Mayven presents seven honest songs, which capture her search for beauty, love and direction in life. Christel's musical exploration reflects the variety of emotional landscapes she lays bare on this solo debut. The stages of sleeping, dreaming and waking are reoccurring themes. They reflect times of standing still, having to cope with loss and rejection, and times of going forward with renewed strength, daring to embrace the unknown.

“The Dream stands for the urge to create. It is the driving force behind the creation of songs, the need to express one self and the desire to seek beauty.”

For The Dream Christel Mayven sits down at the piano after a long period of ignoring the nudges of that old companion. She revisits songs she has written over the years and starts to feel them again. Inside the urgency grows to share her music with the world. She regains trust and starts to search for the right people to bring this project to life. Fueled by that relentless power. You can never put The Dream to sleep.

The first single from her solo debut is called Winter's Glow, written in loving memory of her mother. A song full of profound imagery about a daughter dealing with her fresh grief on a magical winter morning. Christel has arranged the song for hang, mbira and bass clarinet, the latter portraying a lark's song, inviting her mother to fly and sing along, high into the heavens.

The Dream will be released on May 24th, 2019.

Christel Mayven - vocals, compositions, grand piano / Ruben Bekx - bass, hang, mbira / Jurriaan Berger - hammond, rhodes / Achim Heine - drums, percussion / Coen Kaldeway - bass clarinet.

Recorded and mixed by Udo Pannekeet / Mastered by Darius van Helfteren

Photography and artwork: IAMKAT