Award-winning, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kristin Rebecca has a captivating performance style which combines her powerful, angelic voice with unique guitar rhythms and rare harp abilities for a performance that captivates like no other. Her engaging and heartfelt songs tell personal expressions, wider observations, narrative commentary and thoughtful reflections – each evoking a timeless narrative that grabs your attention from the first note to the last. Kristen performs over 120 shows per year throughout the country winning over audiences with her dynamic, multi-faceted approach to pop and Americana influenced contemporary folk music.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
My first interest in music came after developing a crush on a boy while I was in middle school. He was a few years older than me and played bass in my church's youth band. I noticed the guitar player stood next to him and decided I should take up guitar and join the band. By the time I joined the band he had graduated but my love for music had sparked.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
One of the craziest things that has ever happened to me was getting to open for Kevin Burke. I use to listen to The Bothy Band CDs in high school so I was really excited to have the opportunity to open for his show. He is not only a talented musician but also a wonderful person to talk to.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point of my musical career has been watching it grow and reach new people. I love how the stories from songs can connect with people from all walks of life.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Typically, the lyrics come to me first. I think about an event in my life or a story I've read in the paper or an event that's happened to someone close to me and write it out in lyrical form. The melody comes next followed by the accompaniment.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge I currently face in my career is working alone and doing all the jobs myself. I'm my own: agent, manager, music lawyer, website designer and publicist. Trying to do all those jobs plus being an artist takes a lot of time and while I don't mind the work I look forward to the day when I get a team together.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
One day I would like to do a duet with Josh Groban I love listening to him sing and think our voices would work nicely together.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I come up with my set list and then I run through it every night until the show. I leave a little room for spontaneity in my shows because every crowd is different, so I practice a few extra pieces that I might include in my set.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The hardest song for me to write was a newer song I just finished called "Worst Kinda Storm". It's about a relationship where two people are polar opposites form each other. The relationship is very intense and they end up arguing all the time until they finally have a huge blow up and they end up breaking up. It was a hard piece for me to write because I had never been through this experience myself but based it off of a relationship I witnessed.
What's coming up in the future?
I'm in the process of looking for management and I would like to get signed to record and publishing deal in the near future
Tell us where fans can access your music?