From rolling 2,000 pennies and selling her favorite clothes to attend a music seminar to charting on Billboard's Hot 100 R&B Singles chart, Singer/songwriter Kristine is no stranger to hard work. And working hard is what she is doing as she prepares to release her latest and biggest project to date Something to Sing About. Formerly of the Malaco imprint J-Town Records, this Michael Jackson Scholar states, “These songs are from my experiences put into words and shared with the world to help them make it through.” …and that is what this CD does from the dancing retro feel of “Something to Sing About,” to the sweeping gospel ballad “I Need You” this project is full of spirit filled music that will uplift and inspire you and help you get your break through.
Kristine began her destiny of singing at the age of four and has continued to captivate audiences with her golden voice and million dollar smile. Life had challenges but overcoming obstacles never stopped her. “Music was my escape. I could never tell what was happening from day to day with my mother’s mental illness.” Her mother’s challenges didn’t stop her love and dedication to her daughter and against the odds, it catapulted her into success as a teen. At 16 Kristine won Miss Michigan Talented Teen, and competed in the International Contest in New York City. When she was 17 she won the Omega Psi Phi District and Regional Talent Hunts and competed in the National Talent Hunt, Miami Florida. At 18 she was recruited by the Morgan State University Choir by the world renowned director, and conductor Dr. Nathan Carter. She was a premier soloist during choir performances in the US, Canada, the Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She was even chosen to sing for President Ronald Regan and with Eva Jesse at the Smithsonian Institute in (where Kristine’s voice was placed in a time capsule singing Swing Low Sweet Chariot). Events took place that caused her to leave MSU before finishing her education.
She transferred to Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and performed as a soloist for the Glee Club, Jazz Ensemble and the Annual Christmas Concerts. She was 3 time recipient of the UNCF Michael Jackson Scholarship, 1st Place Winner for NATS Georgia and also chosen to perform for Harry Belafonte, and President Jimmy Carter. “It was hard to believe the first time I performed for a president of the United States, but to perform for two presidents was a true blessing.”
Kristine’s voice knows no limits for style. She has the ability to sing Classical to Jazz and everything in between. She sang Vissi D’arte in a William Warfield master class in the morning and competed singing Patti LaBelle’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that afternoon. William Warfield said her performance was flawless and men of Morehouse College voted her ‘Miss Maroon and White (Queen of Morehouse College). She competed in the National Collegiate Queen competition a won 1st Runner-Up in Hollywood, California. After graduating with honors, Kristine studied with Walter Huff (Atlanta Opera Chorus) and Jay Lessenger (Chicago Lyric Opera).
She loved classical music, but her love for gospel and secular music along with her ability to write led her to a contract with Malaco’s J-Town. Her first release charted on Billboard. She continues to write and sing and last year for Christmas she did her first self release entitled Home for Christmas honoring the US troops. Her 'golden' voice remains unmistakably powerful, robust, and angelic; reminding fans and listeners of Kathleen Battle, young Leontyne Price, Yolanda Adams, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston, and her 'million dollar smile' continues to shine bright. In fact, when nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Tom Joyner heard Kristine sing one of her original songs live in Atlanta, GA, he said, "That girl can sing and I love that song." She has also received radio air play on Sirius XM Gospel.
“I have been writing music all my life, but I just recently discovered how much I really love it.” Early responses to her upcoming release have been extremely favorable. She has the ability to always see the bright side of any situation and the world has only seen the beginnings of the impact this dynamic voice and shining personality that is the artist, Kristine.
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