“I grew up in love with music,” Kristen says. Her late grandfather, Sterling Kelly, was a country musician while her dad helped instill her affinity for classic rock, as well as her determination.
Her musical style embraces influences ranging from Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, and Bob Seger to singer/songwriter Patty Griffin to the blues and soul of Ray Charles, while her country roots were shaped in part by the sounds of the ’80s and ’90s.
Kristen mines her own truth with a lighthearted look at her first marriage on the groove-filled “Ex-Old Man,” while the deeply personal “Feeling Nothing” is the culmination of lyric lines that had been in her thoughts for years.
“If you’ve got a dream, keep dreaming,” she says. “Believe. Ten years ago, I’d never dreamed I’d be sitting right here, but I am.”