Victoria BC, Canada
Adult Alternative / Easy Listening
2007 - Present
Kristina Helene is a Calgary born singer/songwriter.
At 15, she became a semi-finalist in the ISC (International Songwriting Competition) two years in a row for her song "From Here" and has also won honourable mention awards from the Billboard Music for her song "Where is this going?" and twice for "How Could You". How Could You is available on iTunes.
Kristina now resides in Victoria BC and has travelled back and forth to LA working with award winning producer CJ Vanston. In LA, she has had the honour of recording at Capitol Records with legendary engineer and record producer Al Schmitt and Steve Genewick.
In recent years, Kristina has shared the stage with award winning producer David Foster and one of the most influential figures in "nuevo flamenco" music, Jesse Cook. She has also opened up for Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo and Naturally 7 with husband and musical partner, Thomas Kinzel. The duo have mesmerized audiences all over Vancouver Island with their live performances. They have now expanded to an online presence through COVID times, capturing the hearts of people all over the world.
The couple just released their original song 'Somehow' which Thomas arranged, produced, mixed, and mastered.
They also had the pleasure of having
'The One Man Orchestra' Stevie Blacke on this beautiful winter ballad.
'Somehow' was a semi-finalist in the Rootstech Connect Songwriting Competition 2021. It has also been chosen as a top 5 finalist in Songwriter Universe Los Angeles for Best Song of the Month January, 2021. You can find 'Somehow' on all platforms.
Currently, Kristina and Thomas are working on Kristina's first full original album.
"I have never been able to call myself one genre.
I have always been interested in a vast variety of music that calls to me.
My original music and the type of music I like to perform is a complex
and beautiful mix of contemporary pop, soul, and jazz.
When listening to artists such as Melody Gardot, Lianne La Havas,
and Emily King, we find more than just one genre in their beautifully crafted songs.
We find soul, feel, and realness that so many people have forgotten about
in this social media craze of cookie cutter pop culture.
I stand next to and admire artists like Maggie Rogers, John Mayer,
and Bruno Mars who strive to make a huge difference in the way
people hear music in the mainstream world. My goal is to do just that.
I hope to inspire hearts and bring emotions from within.
Music is my absolute passion and I am so thankful to be apart of it all."
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Kristina is Victoria's hidden gem. Pure, smooth, sultry vocals delivered with stunning grace and style."
- Art Napoleon (Musician, Actor)
"I always look forward to working with Kristina. Her incredible talent is matched by her impeccable work ethic and friendly, outgoing personality. One of my favourite people to have in my studio."
- Zak Cohen (Woodshop Recording Studio)
"Kristina’s style defies exact definition in that she does not sound like anyone you have heard in the last 40 years or so. [Her voice] is quite unique. It is immensely exciting and demands your attention."
- Colin Newell (CoffeeCrew Blog)
"phenomenally talented and just a gorgeous person inside and out"
- Mike Knobloch (NBC Universal)
- David Foster (Award Winning Producer)
"Her voice is soft and beautiful, but at the same time powerful and rich, a voice that touches the depth of the heart."
- Saya (Oops! Magazine) full article here
- Jesse Cook (Juno Award Winning Guitarist)
Check Out Victoria News Article Here :
YOUR HEART IS AS BLACK AS NIGHT
(MELODY GARDOT COVER)
ALWAYS REMEMBER US THIS WAY
(LADY GAGA COVER)