Originally based out of Spokane, WA, Kristen discovered her love of music as a young girl in children’s choir and musical theater. Often hoarse and limited in range, she was never selected for leading roles or solos. She soon opened up her own basement theater where she could direct and often star in her own musicals. It was around this time that she first heard, Jewel-an acoustic folk artist. The song, who inspired her to teach herself guitar as a teenager She soon had a summer job serenading guests at a lake resort. In high school she won a radio songwriting contest and met Jewel in person, cementing her decision to pursue music. As a college student she spent her free time scribbling lyrics in notebooks- often while riding public transit. It took several years of this before she felt she had something worth sharing with the world.
In May, 2012 she released her first collection of work, Out of my Hands. The seven track EP reveals the expressive and often philosophical side of a musicians mind. “It is definitely an album for lyric lovers,” says Kristen. Crossing genres of folk, pop and R&B, the record is slightly experimental. “Playing with a band was like picking out clothes for my songs - it was interesting to see what fit and what didn’t,” admits Kristen about the recording process. Since her CD release she has begun work on a home studio and hopes to hone her creative style further in the process. She is working to make Out of my Hands a full-length album by 2014.
She has also recently returned to her roots in theater as a composer for the children’s theater company, A Pocket Full of Plays. Her first musical, “Pugly the Ugly Duck,” will be available Winter 2014.
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