by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

The story of the Hastings family began when parents Christian and Camille met at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Camille was studying performance and songwriting and Christian was majoring in film scoring and guitar performance. After graduation, the two set out for Nashville where they lived for nine years. “Between the two of us, we have performed with artists such as Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Bonnie Raitt and Bo Diddley,” said Christian. Camille and Christian now live in Del Mar with their three children (Marissa, Johnny and Miles), but music is still a huge part of their lives. Christian plays in The Christian Hastings Band, and Camille owns Leading Note Studios, where she and Christian teach piano, voice, guitar, bass, mandolin and ukulele lessons to over 200 children. Camille also teaches music at Horizon Christian Fellowship, directing the children’s choir and various musical productions. According to Christian, their daughter shares his and Camille’s love of music, playing piano and singing “like angel.”Family_Hastings-ZG-3986

Football is also a common love for the family, whether they are watching it on TV, playing a pick-up game with friends or participating in Pop Warner. “Johnny really enjoys football and Miles is also into the statistical part of the game. He loves to watch sports news shows about players and the games,” related Christian. Both Christian and Camille are involved in the Pop Warner League; Christian as a coach and Camille as a manager.

Giving back to the community is a priority for the Hastings. Christian is a new member to the Torrey Pines Pop Warner Board after coaching for several years, and the entire family is involved in activities at their church. “We are strong in our faith and attend Horizon Christian Fellowship in Rancho Santa Fe. We spend much of our time volunteering,” stated Christian. Camille and Marissa are especially involved in the high school worship teams, harvest festivals and vacation bible school programs.

The Hastings family also knows how to let loose and have fun. Christian and Camille are big fans of the recent renovations to the Highlands, taking full advantage of the shopping and restaurants. The beach also rates high on the family list of favorite activities. “We love family barbeques on the beach. As soon as the weather warms up, we are down at Cardiff Beach with our portable grill, guitars, friends, footballs and laughs,” revealed Christian.

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Parents: Christian Michael Hastings, 42 Camille Elizabeth Hastings, 44
Community: Del Mar
Year moved: 2008
Parents Hometown: Christian: Lancaster, PA; Camille: Claremont, CA
Parents Occupation: Camille: Music Teacher at Horizon Christian Fellowship, Owner of Leading Note Studios; Christian: Fleet Sales Manager, The Christian Hastings Band
Children: Marissa Elizabeth, 16 – Sophomore Torrey Pines High School, Johnny Michael, 14 – 8th Grader Earl Warren Middle School, Miles Christian, 12 – 6th Grader Del Mar Hills Academy
Pets: Pet Dog – Masia since 2005 – rescue Pit/mix.