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, “The 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 and help you get your break through. Anticipate an early 2013 release.
Kristine began singing at the age of four when she decided it was time to give her life to Christ (so she could sing in the children’s choir). Her decision at that ripe young age led her down a path that was - and is no doubt her destiny. With a golden voice and a million dollar smile, Kristine has continued to captivate audiences since her first solo, “Yes Jesus Loves Me.”
Life’s ups and downs have taken her through many long roads, but the hand of God has always been there to guide her through. Overcoming obstacles has never been a stopping point. One of her favorite quotes/songs is “We Fall Down, But We Get Up,” and get up she has. After seeing Michael Jackson crown the queen of a pageant, Kristine set out on a quest to compete in a pageant that wasn’t even in her area. She was successful in winning the title of Miss Michigan Talented Teen and went on to compete in the International Contest in New York City on the stage of the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel at the young age of 16. When she was 17 she competed and won the Omega Psi Phi District and Regional Talent Hunts and went on to compete in the National Talent Hunt in Miami Florida. “Music was my escape because I could never really tell what was going on in my home from one day to the next with my mother’s illness.” Kristine’s mother, a beautiful soprano, suffered from mental illness and although her instability caused uncertainty from one day to the next-it was very clear that her love and dedication to her daughter Kristine is what catapulted her into the successes she garnered as a teen.
That success continued when she was recruited by the Morgan State University Choir to sing under the direction of the world renowned director, and conductor Dr. Nathan Carter. She came in as a freshman and was immediately placed as a premier soloist and one of the anchor voices of the choir. During her tenure at Morgan State University she had the opportunity to perform all over the United States. She also visited the Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas. Her choral experience led her to sing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, she even sang with the choir on their trip to the breath taking Crystal Cathedral in California. The highlights of her time with the Morgan State Choir came when she visited Tuskegee Institute and was coached by William L. Dawson as they sang his spiritual arrangements to prepare for a choir competition (Morgan State University won 1st Place) in Ohio. “It was like meeting my hero,” Kristine states. There were two other high points of her time at Morgan State University and one was literally history in the making. She was chosen to be coached by Eva Jesse during a master class on spirituals at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and Kristine’s voice was placed in a time capsule singing Swing Low Sweet Chariot. The other event took place when she was chosen as a soloist with the choir to sing for President Ronald Reagan during a celebration for Francis Scott Key and the National Anthem at Fort McHenry. As much as she loved her time there, events took place that caused her to have to leave Morgan State before finishing her undergraduate education.
When she was in high school she had the opportunity to visit Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and always wanted to attend the distinguished institution. So after coming back to her home of Saginaw, Michigan, Kristine did as she was known for doing in the past, stepped out on faith and went on her way to Atlanta to attend to Spelman College. She was admitted and while there she performed as a principal soloist for the Spelman College Glee Club, Spelman Jazz Ensemble and the Annual Spelman/Morehouse Christmas Concerts . During her time at Spelman she also gained the distinction of being one of the few people chosen to receive a Michael Jackson Scholarship for three years in a row through the UNCF. As a voice performance major, Kristine competed in the NATS competition and won 1st place for the State of Georgia. She was also chosen by Spelman College President, Dr. Johnetta B. Cole, to sing for many events including a program honoring Harry Belafonte. She was also chosen to perform for an UNICEF banquet and as blessings would have it, she performed for 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.” As a student at Spelman, Kristine was also chosen to do master classes with well known artist including William Warfield.
Kristine’s voice knows no limits for style. She has the ability to sing a wide range of genres which was evidenced when she sang “Vissi Darte” from the opera Tosca for a William Warfield master class in the morning and competed singing Patti LaBelle’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in the same building on the campus of Morehouse College that afternoon. William Warfield had very little to critique and said her performance was flawless. The men of Morehouse College also gave an outstanding rating because that same day her soul stirring rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” won her the title of ‘Miss Maroon and White (Queen of Morehouse College).’ She went on to compete in a national competition singing “O Patria Mia” from the opera Aida and was named 1st Runner-Up to ‘Miss Collegiate African American’ in Los Angeles California at the famed Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
After graduating from Spelman College with honors, Kristine began studying private voice with Walter Huff, chorus master of the Atlanta Opera Chorus and under his tutelage she had the opportunity to study with Jay Lessenger of the Chicago Lyric Opera as she performed the role of Sister Constance in the Georgia State University Production of the opera Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Though she loved classical music, her love for gospel and secular music along with her ability to write led her to gain the honor of a recording 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, Georgia, 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.