Angela’s interview with Kristinia Debarge
Her musical talent did not surprise me because she’s been in the recording studio since she was 12 years old. However what did take me by surprise was Kristinia Debarge’s down to earth and easy going personality. I was lucky enough to sit down with her amid the busy tour life she is becoming accustomed to and discover more about the interesting singer than just what meets the eye.
How has it been touring with an established artist like Britney Spears?
-Wow (pauses). It’s been really amazing. We’ve just started the third week of the tour and I’ve been having a lot of fun. The food’s really good, which is awesome. I look forward to craft services at every venue (laughs), probably a little too much.
How did you get on “The Circus” tour?
-Thankfully the agency at my record company got me involved. I’m glad everything worked out because it’s an amazing opportunity for a new artist like myself.
How did you originally get discovered?
-Well I started recording when I was 12, and I was discovered for my singing by the age of 14. It wasn’t easy at first, I had to really prove myself to my peers and show them that I was dedicated to a career in music. Once they saw my drive and passion to be a singer they took me seriously.
Growing up you had a passion to be a singer, and you’re dad was in the industry some time ago. Was he hesitant for you to go into such a difficult business or did he give you good advice and let you have at it?
-At first he was hesitant, but when he discovered how serious I was he grew extremely supportive. He saw how much hard work I put into everything, and gave me advice to avoid some of the harder situations he has gone through. Overall he’s been a great help.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
-Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston had a big effect on me. There was also Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Cure, Guns N Roses, and a lot more.
On the tour so far, what’s been the most memorable moment?
-The experiences stand out to me more than an actual moment. Like I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with the dancers and Britney’s opening circus actors, and they’ve been really awesome. We all have each other’s phone numbers and hang out and eat the catered food with each other.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a musician?
-The fact that I get to do what I love. I go out on stage and sing my music. I share it with the world. Oh and the money’s not bad either (laughs).