Performing throughout the country, Kristin Rebecca wins over audiences with her dynamic, multi-faceted approach to pop and Americana influenced contemporary folk music.
While bringing colorful musical narratives to life with her angelic, emotional voice, the Maryland based singer-songwriter alternates between her two primary instruments, the acoustic guitar and the folk harp.
Kristin's storytelling lyrics take listeners on timeless narratives. She occasionally includes a winking sense of humor, as heard with Wackos and Weirdos, the witty, infectious opener to her latest album Tales, Trials, Truths.
Despite the clever cynicism she conveys in Wackos and Weirdos, she traces her entire musical journey back to having a crush on a boy when she was 12. “He was four or five years older than me and played in the youth band at my church,” she says. “I always noticed the guitar player standing next to him. So I decided to take up the guitar, but by the time I joined the band, he wasn’t in it anymore! But my love for music had ignited.”
Several years into her guitar lessons, Kristin hit a creative plateau and started experimenting with some of her parents’ instruments, including the hammered dulcimer. While visiting a relative in Minnesota, when she was 15, she walked into Groth Music and saw their display of Celtic harps. “Intrigued, I walked over, plucked one string and immediately said, ‘I want to play that!’” Kristin says. “I was fascinated by everything from the look to the sound. My parents always supported anything I wanted to try. So they were happy to buy me a harp and found me an instructor in Bowie, MD who taught classical and Celtic. My teacher encourage me to start competing in local Celtic harp competitions which went very well for me." Kristin won awards in every harp competition she entered.
While it's typical for parents to get their kids into music, this was not the case for Kristin. Her parents took up instruments when she decided to learn the guitar and they started a local Celtic band with several other players. Kristin joined the group as a harpist and over the years the band turned into a family band called Painted Trillium. Painted Trillium plays regionally at various events and festivals. They were once featured on CNN and the trio recorded with the heavy metal band A Sound of Thunder on their album Metal Renaissance.
During her time playing in Painted Trillium, Kristin started to include the Celtic harp in her original music. “As I started incorporating its sound into my music I realized that it was as extraordinarily versatile as a guitar or piano. It provided the perfect complement to my guitar and a means of providing interesting accompaniments with my lyrics.”
As she was completing her degree in Vocal performance, Kristin released her debut EP, Fringe, which offered an initial taste of her modern folk sound. Kristin wrote and composed all six tracks for the album and recorded the record with Grammy-winning recording engineer Scott Shuman. The release of Fringe signaled the beginning of Kristin's solo career as a modern folk artist and she started to play shows around the Maryland region.
While working on songs for her first full length modern folk album, Kristin decide to return to her Celtic harp roots after taking a trip to Ireland. After visiting the country she was inspired by Irish folklore about fairies and recorded a fantasy-themed concept album of mostly traditional Celtic music with a few original pieces. The album, Where Fairies Dwell, was recorded by Grammy nominee Heidi Gerber and was nominated for a 2015 WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Awards) for Best Traditional Folk Recording. Shortly after the album was released Kristin started to tour nationally.
After spending two years in the recording studio, Kristin released her first full length modern folk album in 2017 titled, Tales, Trials, Truths. Kristin recorded the album at Tonal Park studios with Grammy-winning recording engineer Charlie Pilzer. Upon its release the album received glowing press reviews and was played on radio stations in both the United States and Europe. With the successful release of her album Kristin made appearances on live streams, radio shows, live sessions, podcasts and TV. Kristin embarked on a national tour to support the album performing at Listening Rooms and Festivals. She also made her debut Canadian appearance on the series Tiny Boat Concerts.
In 2019 Kristin followed up her album by releasing Siren's Call, a digital promotional single. Much like her album the single was met with rave reviews. Critics complimented Kristin on her eloquent lyrical ability and unique harp accompaniment style.
Over the years, Kristin has had the pleasure of working as a session musician with many artists on their projects including albums, singles, and ending credits music for an independent movie.
“I have found from playing shows around the country that people really enjoy contemporary folk music,” she says, “and it’s gratifying to know that the idea of the storytelling artist like my heroes Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and John Denver is still alive, well and appreciated."
© 2020 by Kristin Rebecca Meyer.