AREA 251 – Kristen Long
Here’s the song “Truth” from the album “Gypsy Soul” that we heard in AREA 251 on Thursday, Kristen Long’s bio & links to hear more!
A power surge of Soul meets Broadway, flavored with Jazz and Life Experience create a truly unique sound best described as Gypsy Soul. Born and raised in Boston, MA, Kristen Long graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music in 2001. Along with being a singer-songwriter, she is a Vocal Director at Royal Caribbean Productions, and Vocal Coach to many successful clients, including Shelby Brown(The Voice Season 9 Finalist). Long is the writer and creator of The Journey: A New Indie Musical that has been featured in the New Orleans Fringe Festival, along with in the 2013 season at the Silver Palm Award winning Outre Theatre Company, and the Arts at Saint John’s 2016 season, in Miami FL, of which she Directed, Music Directed and starred in. Bill Hershman from Florida Theatre Onstage wrote: “Long could not be bettered in her vocal chops and her ability to infuse her singing with a bottomless depth of emotion. She and her entire company rip the psychic DNA out from the marrow of their bones and lay it out on stage like a sacrifice to the audience.” “Long’s music is an effective mélange of rock, jazz, reggae, torch, scat and a few other genres that are both melodic and moving. Her lyrics are well-constructed and approach poetic.” As a singer/songwriter, Kristen has recorded in Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Austin, TX, and most recently at Anthony Crawford’s Admiral Bean Studio in Loxley, Alabama. She has two releases Shoebox Memories, and Gypsy Soul, featuring Grammy Nominated cellist Rushad Eggleston (Fiddler’s Four, Tornado Rider, Crooked Still). Long worked as Executive Music Consultant and in-studio vocal coach, on local artist, Glennellen Anderson’s Perspective album, which features her songs, as well. She is co-founder of the band Long Lost Friend, an original band that has toured extensively throughout the US and Caribbean. Some other notable performances include CBGB’s in NYC, 92Zew Radio Avalon Coffee Table Series, The National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, AL, the Esplanade in Boston MA, and The Cabaret South Beach and Tin Pan Alley in Provincetown, MA, as well as 2 solo concerts for Moshe Katsav, Former President of Israel. Most recently, Long has joined forces with local singer-songwriter Melissa Joiner to form The Hypsy Sisters. Their upcoming July tour will take them to the Northeast to play several notable venues, including The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, NYC. Back home you can catch them at Cobalt in Orange Beach July 27th . Kristen resides in Gulf Shores, AL with her husband, drummer Walt Brewer, and her dogs.