Cristabelle Braden is an award-winning singer/songwriter, speaker, writer, podcast host, and advocate for brain 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, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Whether speaking or singing, she brings her powerful testimony and a message of freedom, healing, and love wherever she goes. She is devoted to bringing support and education through her brain injury podcast Hope Survives and her online support community Hope After Head Injury. Hosting weekly live videos for nearly five years, monthly online support meetings, and engaging daily with survivors in her online support group, her commitment and attentiveness to provide encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families is evident and inspirational. Her passion to share hope has also led her to creating Brain Injury Bible Study, the first and only online Bible study group for the brain injury community. She has not let her brain injury define her and has continued to pursue her education; she holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Religion (double major) from Lebanon Valley College. She is a dedicated volunteer with the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, and advocates on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America. Cristabelle has continually persevered through the daily challenges that come with living with a brain injury, and through her setbacks, re-injuries, and struggles, discovered a stronger and clearer voice and message.
Cristabelle’s music tells her story with a strong message of survival, faith, and never giving up. Her newest album, Declaration, released in March 2020, featuring the singles Not Giving Up, Dare to Hope Again, and Different Kind of Warrior. She recently released an inspirational music video featuring over 75 different clips from the brain injury community for the song Not Giving Up. In 2017 she independently released Hope Survives, a project dedicated to her journey through brain injury, and in 2018 followed with Start With Hello. Her heart is in ministry, and a large portion of her performances have been 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 recognized for her talent, dedication, and excellence in both music and brain injury advocacy. She is the 2020 Council on Brain Injury Individual Award Winner for leadership and dedication in the field of brain injury. Her song “Not Giving Up” is a 2020 semi-finalist for the Unsigned Only music competition. Her song “Different Kind of Warrior” placed as a 2020 finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition and as a 2020 semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. She has won multiple Kindred Awards for Christian Music from 2016-2020, “Female Artist of the Year” in 2016, followed by the “Kindred Choice Award” in 2018, and “Best Hymn Arrangement” in 2020. She was awarded the “Best Organization Award” from the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania in 2017 for Hope After Head Injury and all of Cristabelle’s work in the brain injury community.
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 carrying brain injury awareness and education to medical conferences, as well as powerfully delivering messages of hope and truth at Christian ministry and women’s events. Cristabelle has shared her story and given messages at Christian conferences, retreats, youth events, 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 devotional book, “more to me: discovering your freedom through identity”, was self-published in 2018; it is an interactive prayer journal based on the song of the same name. Her heart is to bring a message of hope to all she encounters.