Thursday July 13th, 11:15pm
As part of The Carleton Late Night Series
Saturday July 15th, 3:00pm
Black Cultural Centre - Cherrybrook
As part of the Halifax Jazz Festival free daytime programming.
When she performs, her heartfelt soulful vocals, combined with the emotional honesty of her lyrics, reels her listeners in by the heart strings. Her performances are full of attitude, a hint of vulnerability and empowered femininity. Kirsten commands the stage with an assured presence that makes you want to listen. Originally from the community of East Preston, Nova Scotia, she is accredited as a gifted singer, songwriter and actress by her peers and critics alike. This is not your typical R&B singer – her unique sound can be described as a cross between Neo soul and Experimental R&B; bringing genres together in a fusion that’s familiar yet stretching creative boundaries. Her audiences speak of her effortlessness and compare her to the likes of Jill Scott, Solange and Erykah Badu.
After graduating with a diploma in Music Arts, she began to pursue a career in the arts full time and her talents have been in high demand. Kirsten has broad and extensive experience, ranging from touring Europe with Erin Costelo, being a session vocalist and writing with multi-platinum record producer Roy Hamilton III and opening for acts such as Classified, Divine Brown, Bettye Lavette, Mavis Staples, Nile Rogers and Chic, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Dr. John and The Hypnotic Bras Ensemble, to name a few. She also boasts an impressive list of stages she has performed on, from Harlem New York's Carribbean Music Festival, Halifax's Jazz and Tall Ships Festivals, Nova Scotia Music Week, East Coast Music Week, and The African Nova Scotian Music Awards stage, where she won the award for Best Emerging artist. Her musical exploits have seen her become an ECMA Nominee for Best R&B Recording and The Coast's Best R&B Silver winner. Her 6-track EP, The Here And Now that landed her these nominations, is "an ode to the past, learning from it, leaving it where it belongs, and experiencing the present in a positive light". This project features the production of, Toronto producer, YogiDaProducer, and the project's single "Stay Away" features St. Lucian born hip hop recording artist Kayo Guevarra.
As an actress her most notable roles have come in The Book of Negroes, the soon-to-be-released Blac Cop by indie filmmaker, Corey Bowles, and a Dream Girls musical production in which she landed a leading role.
As her talents take her across the globe, Kirsten is collaborating with producers in South Africa, writers in Germany and musicians and producers in Toronto, New York and Virginia. You will want to keep tabs on this young songstress as she expands her talents and enhances her brand.