Kristine W is the world-renowned Queen of Dance, with thirteen consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard Dance charts. These string of hits places Kristine W at the top of the list of artists with the most consecutive #1’s on the Dance chart, surpassing the previous record once shared by Madonna and Janet Jackson, who both hold seven #1’s respectively.
Kristine’s highly-anticipated fourth full-length studio album, The Power of Music, has already proven its power on the dance scene, with it’s first four singles − “Walk Away”, “The Boss”, “Never”, and “Love is the Look” − landing the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play List.
Chatting one-on-one with the lovely lady herself, I first wondered what had been her musical influences growing up, and how many still factored into her music today? "I was very influenced by Donna Summer, Chaka Khan, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Al Jareau, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick. My Mom would encourage me to study these older legends because she said my voice and style was more like theirs. She said I had a rich, funky, jazzy style. She was always freaked out about how soulful I was. My Mom has more of a Helen Reddy style to her singing, - a gorgeous classic voice and is an excellent 12 string guitarist."
So, how does a girl go from being crowned Miss Washington to one of the worlds most reknowned musical Dance Queens?"I was raised in a small farm town with not a lot going on. I used to visualize myself singing in front of thousands of people and even covered my walls with mirror tiles myself when I was 11 so I could practice in my room . My mom was an entertainer so I knew there was a lot more to show biz than just singing and writing songs. She was a great role model but never wanted me to be a singer professionally because she knew the business was all about politics and very little about talent. She had a chance to go big time and passed. She wanted to have a life with her kids and not be on the road all of the time. She does not regret her decision."
For the Average Joe who (still) may not have heard of you, and was thinking of buying your new CD 'The Power Of Music,' how would you yourself describe your sound?"This album has a combination of all the people I mentioned woven into this body of work along with some amazing production. The album features Grammy award winning Hex Hector and the amazing producers out of the UK – Love to Infinity, among others. I love the fact that other current artists like the Black Eye Peas and Lady GaGa are using electro beats with live instrumentation and doing what I have been doing all along. I try to blend the best of the old with the best of the new. There are excellent musicians on these songs fused with killer production. I think it is a very uplifting and inspiring piece of work."
Your press comes immediately out of the blocks as stating that you are the "world-renowned veteran dance diva ...," but is truly a fair way to hit the ground running re: the promotion for this new CD?!"I would say Donna Summer is the world reknown Dance Diva. I have been making the world dance for 13 years. Donna Summer and Diana Ross are the true Queens in my mind. So that might make me a princess, LOL."
Indeed, tell us more about your new CD, 'The Power Of Music' ... does it tell a story and why that particular album title in general?"The lyrics to the title cut, The Power of Music, are about what we are experiencing now. People being disillusioned and angry and not looking after each other like they should and how “The Power Of Music has the ability to bring us together and heal us. Michael Jackson died 5 days ago and you are feeling the aftershocks. His amazing power to inspire people around the world is hitting everyone."
"People do not appreciate great artists and great music until it is gone. His passing brought many of us to tears and we did not know him personally but we witnessed the power he had to move our souls and become a part of our lives with his music. Music really connects people that would not be otherwise connected, and that is the heart and soul of this album."
How long was this album in the works ... and were there any speed bumps you had to overcome before you finally signed off on it?"Four years and many bumps along the way but you keep our head down and keep your eye on the finish line."
Indeed, how easy (or hard) is it to create a new, vibrant, wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the musical wonderment's/accomplishments that preceded it within the industry?"You never really know what people really want - I don’t know what I want for breakfast half the time - LOL. People are consumers and what they will consume at any moment is a mystery. You just hope they have an appetite for what you’re dishing out at the moment. You try to write songs with meaningful universal lyrics and match it up with the right production and hope it touches people."
Being that you hold the 'title' for most consecutive #1’s on the Dance chart, surpassing the previous record once shared by Madonna and Janet Jackson (who both hold seven #1’s respectively), is there an end in sight to that record (the upcoming 14th for 'Be Alright,' perhaps?) ... or, does such a record not even make you blush any more?"You never know but you have to put it out there and keep rolling the dice. I have been blessed to have so many successful records – the loyalty of the fans and the DJs has been amazing. Each #1 is special and I don’t take it for granted!"
On this new album, most people put out 10 tracks, but you've got 16 on here! I can't imagine the ones that didn't make it! What will happen to those?"Two are available for digital download now – “All In” and “I’m Coming Out.” More will probably surface as time goes on."
If someone close to you had to describe you in three (3) words, what would THEY use? And, subsequently, what would the three (3) words be that YOU would self-describe yourself as?"I think the answer would be the same for both questions - Determined, Creative, Compassionate, - and that sums it up."
If asked to record one for charity, what '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today ... and why?!"'What About Love' - I just love that rock song by Heart from the 80’s - always have."
Lastly, and throwing you a journalistic curve ball, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?!"Yes, I love all of Gods creatures especially the animals and penguins are always dressed up with nowhere to go. I can relate to that because after my shows I have my makeup and costumes on and would scare most people to death if I started to approach them. LOL."
So, if you would like to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Kristine W's new CD, just answer this easy question: Kristine W. spent several years performing in Las Vegas lounges before being "discovered." But, what was the name of her 'band' at that time?!
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