Growing up in Charleston, SC, Kristi was embedded in the local music scene there, taking guitar lessons, singing on occasion, running a local music store, and working for an entertainment newspaper. She lived and breathed music. Then life got in the way, and she let it go. Now, after a more than 25-year hiatus, Kristi decided to pick up the guitar again in 2020. She was inspired by another artist to get back to her first love, music.
For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough, then tell us more!
From. The. Heart.
Honestly, since I don't fit into any specific genre, it's hard to describe. I don't write to fit in a box. I write what comes to me. Whatever is in my head goes on the page. I like to call myself a music mutt because I am a mixture of many different styles.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?
I love songwriting. I really love playing guitar, especially as I get better at it. The more I learn, the more fun I have. I have not done any live performances yet due to some health issues, but I have a feeling that once I do, that will also jump to the top of the list.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
Right now I have my producer in Las Vegas. He sends me scratch tracks to sing to and I record my vocals in my home studio. It is rather a relaxing environment. But I do feel like I'm missing out on more collaboration and communication. That will all come in time.
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love to cook. In my previous life, I was a Diabetes Health Coach, so I am always cooking as healthy as I can. Even my "cheat" meals are healthy. Cooking is another creative outlet for me.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
There are so many that I admire. I will just say that I admire those who are able to connect with their listeners. Those that can elicit an emotion because that is something special.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?
There are two. One is called Mama, I Love You, which is of course about my own mother. I can't even begin to tell you how much that song means to her, which makes me incredibly happy. The other is called Just Once, and it is about the daughter that I lost years ago. That's all I can really say.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
I am constantly writing. I am working with my producer on album #2 and we already have 4 songs completed. I also have the first single from that album releasing on January 27th with a new video coming shortly after. I will also be traveling to Nashville in a few weeks to record 4 more songs to release as singles. This is my life and I am loving every minute of it.
Tell us where fans can access your music. Spotify