There comes a time in one's life when you need to trust your gut, not let others mold you into something you're not, take charge of your life, and show people who you really are. For Kristine Elezaj, the twenty-something pop bombshell who Billboard magazine called a cross between Britney Spears and Rihanna, that time is now and the project she's making that mark on is her forthcoming album that she's currently working on with executive producer Blair Taylor. Co-writing every track on the new album Kristine is still sticking to her performing roots; however her new album (yet to be named) will feature a mix of powerful, soulful urban world influenced pop anthems mixed with a newfound vulnerability only found when you decide to truly be comfortable with trusting yourself. "I'm not afraid to be myself through my music and take risks. This album has become a purge of the deepest parts of my heart & is truly me at this moment and the skin of the woman I'm continuing to grow into." Getting her start at the famed Sugar Bar in New York City when legendary duo Ashford & Simpson were in the audience and began singing backing vocals on Kristine's rendition of Aretha Franklin's "Respect." "After the show, Nick came up to me said he wanted to help me and he ended up being my mentor. He encouraged me to write and I took his advice and worked really hard. I really have blossomed from those days and will always be humbly grateful," explains Kristine.
And that's exactly who Kristine is musically, lyrically, and personally – a complex mix of hard and soft. On the one side she's confident, bold, sexually expressive, and a self-described tomboy, and counts among her favorite things gun-shooting, paintball, horror films, and rally car racing (a lifelong hobby, in fact). And, on the other side she's vulnerable, introspective, admittedly "super-sensitive," and oh-so-girly and loves dressing up, watching musicals, and lights up when talking about her favorite designers Rick Owens, Vivienne Westwood, and Helmut Lang which, not coincidentally are designers that also offer up a creative mix of hard and soft, tough and sweet, edgy and contemporary.
After months in the studio collaborating with executive producer Blair Taylor the first of many long awaiting songs from Ms. Elezaj is finally here! Exploring a more darker, sexy and slight urban influenced tone; ECHO co-written by Kristine & Kloe Shinn is available now on ITunes. Head over to the MEDIA page to take a look at the official music video directed by : Jose Omar & Cat Rendic.