Key West by Storm
By Troy Maillis
Kristine W, performed with her dancers during
Key West Pride at
Bourbon Street Pub. Mark Magazine caught up
with Kristine W to discuss her past, present & future:
Mark's List: Is this your first time performing at Key
Kristine W: No, I did a show in
Key West when “Stonger” was a hit in
2001, and I remember how gorgeous everything was. That was at
the beginning of my musical career, and we have had 13 more
dance hits since then, so this will be fun. I am very excited to
come back to Key West,
and I am staying an extra day to take it all in. My dancers are
talking about jumping in the ocean at every rehearsal to stay
M: Which songs are you planning on
K: I will be doing some old hits and some
new hits. We are doing a medley so we can fit more hits into the
M: Do you have any other plans while you are
in Key West?
K: I love to swim in the ocean so you will see me out there.
Just look over your shoulder honey "I'll Be There" – (lol).
M: Tell us a little about how you got started in the business?
K: My first big hit was in 1997 in London
with “Feel What You Want”. This summer we are releasing a Jazz
single version from the Jazz album “Straight Up with A Twist".
The new version was recorded very much the way it was originally
written back then.
M: When was your first big break?
K: My Mother Donna Lee was a working musician, a twelve-string
guitar player, and a singer. I would sing with her in her shows
and during the offering at church when I around 8 years old. We
were the Judd’s of the Northwest.
M: What were your main obstacles while trying to break into the
K: The main obstacle has always been money. It is a very
difficult business to get started in. Fortunately, I was able to
support myself and work my way through college performing in
bands singing all kinds of styles of music. My mom gave me a
great gift by letting me perform and
encouraging me at a really early age.
M: How important are your gay fans and have the gays always
K: I just love my gay fans. We have had so much fun dancing
through life together. I am happy to be able to do my jazz album
for them because they can chill out to these amazing songs at
their dinner parties or making out with their lovers or both.
M: Are you inspired by any other artists past or present?
K: I am inspired by so many artists past and present. I could go
on and on. I love creative people of all kinds, and I am drawn
M: Are you currently recording any new material?
K: I am always working on new material and
mixes. We currently have a bunch of projects such as the Jazz
album; the "Feel" Jazz single is being worked to SmoothJazz
radio; another new single; a new dance single form “The Power Of
Music” album; & a number one’s album. Since I have my own label,
I don't have to wait for anyone to make decisions, but I also
finance everything. It’s good, but scary too. You can "Save an
Artist" and go to Kristinew.com or Itunes to buy music so I can
keep making music for you.