What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
Sure! I’m originally from White Rock, British Columbia in Canada. I started in choir when I was 5, which continued on for 15 years. As an adult, I started releasing music in the country genre. During the pandemic period, I did a lot of writing and came up with a new album concept in the contemporary pop genre, so I’ve spent the last couple of years preparing this and finding my sound within that work.
What made you go into music?
Music has always been a part of my life, I’ve been in choirs since I was 5. I love music as a creative medium.
Who are your influences?
Adele, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, and Beyoncé were big influences for me.
Are you signed?
You released your new single ‘I’m Still Here’. Tell us more about the single and the meaning behind the song.
“I’m Still Here” speaks to the beauty of resilience, and the strength that it takes to persevere. It’s an acceptance of knowing that even though what we go through in life might change us forever, through it all, we are still here, and that’s what matters.
Describe the track in two words.
Vulnerable & hopeful.
What was the writing and recording process like?
The writing process was tricky and took several iterations. I find it challenging to write about universal concepts without making them too “on the nose”, and so we tried a few versions of the opening verse and pre-choruses until we landed on something we liked. The recording process was unique because the first recordings we had planned for this ended up not being usable and so we had to shift course. I don’t know how to play instruments well enough to record and so I tried to mimic all the parts I was imagining with my voice and sent a sample to my collaborator. We ended up liking that so much I created the whole track that way, and recorded it all in my bedroom.
Who did you work with on the single?
Marcus Ramsay co-produced, Jordan Waller mixed it, and Kristian Montano mastered it.
Will we see a music video for ‘I’m Still Here’, and if so, what can we expect from the creative process?
Yes!! I’m so excited to show everyone the music video for this song. Aesthetically, the visuals are some of the most exciting work I’ve ever been a part of. My childhood friend and amazing director Eva Tavares imagined the concept and created something I’m so proud of.
Will we see an album or EP and I so can you tell us what to expect from the creative process and when to expect it?
Also, yes! I have a full-length album called “Full Bloom” that will be released in April. It’s an examination of the human experience – things we have gone through and feelings we’ve had along the way. To me, it’s a really artistic project and while it has an overall contemporary pop influence, it integrates styles from others as well, so it really pushes the boundaries. I’m so excited to share this with everyone.
Do you have any live shows coming up?
Not at the moment, but I look forward to performing more shows in 2024.
Let us know where we can get tickets if so.
The best way to find out about shows is to follow me @kristincartermusic on my social media, so you’ll know out about it first!
What else can we expect in late 2023?
The music video for “I’m Still Here” and some more surprise content on my socials.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Creating more music and performing internationally. I’ve always dreamed of traveling and singing.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Not a direct quote but I had this econ professor in university that once told me that if we waited for “perfect data” we would never learn anything at all. I was really struck by that, and I like to apply it to other areas of my life; if we wait our whole life for the perfect moment, we will be waiting forever.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Throat coat tea, an outfit I feel good in, in ears (if I need them), an apple or banana ( I get too nervous to eat anything else), and water!
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow?