CRISTABELLE BRADEN is an award winning singer/songwriter, speaker, author, and the founder of Hope After Head Injury. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter and artist with a message of hope. She has released multiple albums of original music and tours all over the United States, bringing her powerful testimony and a message of freedom, healing, and love wherever she goes. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her organization Hope After Head Injury.
Her music tells her story with a strong message of survival, faith, and never giving up. In 2017 she independently released Hope Survives, a project dedicated to her journey through brain injury, and in 2018 followed with an EP entitled Start With Hello, a strong statement of identity and connection. Her heart is in ministry, and a large portion of her performances are at hospitals, rehab centers, brain injury groups, homeless shelters, prison ministries, and more like this; as well as churches, retreats, conferences, concerts, and music venues.
Cristabelle is a living testimony and fights for what she believes in, through her music, speaking, and advocating for brain injury. She is a sought after speaker, both in Christian ministry and brain injury events. She has shared her story and given messages at women’s events, conferences, youth events (including in schools) and more; and also spoken at many brain injury events and conferences, most notably having given keynote addresses at the Mayo Clinic Brain Injury Conference in Rochester, MN, as well as statewide brain injury conferences in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Rhode Island, North Dakota, among others. Her first book, “more to me: discovering your freedom through identity”, was released in 2018; it is an interactive prayer journal based on the song of the same name. She took home the Kindred Regional Christian Music Awards “Female Artist of the Year” in 2015 followed by the Kindred Choice Award in 2017. Hope After Head Injury also was awarded the “Best Organization Award” from the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania in 2017, for all of Cristabelle’s work in the brain injury community. Her heart is to bring a message of hope to all she encounters.