KRISTEN VIOLET MAY
"This woman has the raw power of a house diva with the awareness of any of the great pop stars working today. Her voice unfolds like smoke from behind a velvet curtain, you can almost smell the heartbreak, but before you have time to feel sorry for her, the sheer force of her voice is capable of moving you so deeply in the moment that it is all one can do to close one's eyes and sway in her tempestuous takes. This is your chance to see a superstar so close that you can feel her heat." - Jason Quinton, Junction City Music Hall, Toronto
Based out of Toronto and hailed as an "arresting female vocalist" by the former editor of Mix Magazine NYC, KRISTEN’s upcoming debut FACTOR-funded EP will be produced by 3 X GRAMMY-nominated producer Rob Kleiner (Sia, Andra Day).
KRISTEN was recently named on of "35 best Canadian jazz artists under 35" by the CBC and performed the national anthem at the Queen's Plate in front of 10,000 people during Canada's 150th. In 2016, her song "Killing Time" (produced by Bill Bell) was added on high-rotation on Stingray Music's 'Canadian Indie' channel on the day of its soft release.
Before she was a recording artist, KRISTEN moved to New York and became an intern in the legendary Brill Building, where she went from coffee girl intern to singing on songs mixed by super-producer Phil Ramone (Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin).
KRISTEN has also won a FACTOR demo grant, a Bourse St-Ambroise for rising musicians and been featured as a "Rising Star" by Galaxie Music. Stay tuned for new music!