Kristina Murrell is an up-and-coming R&B artist who recently released her debut album “Passion & Pain” this february. This week, we had the opportunity to discuss Murrell’s music career and her latest album with her. You can find her new album, “Passion & Pain” on spotify and apple music!
Interviewer: How did you become interested in music?
Kristina: Well you know music was kind of everywhere growing up in the islands it was a big deal so I would hear it all the time, but I only started actually wanting to make music about a year ago. During the quarantine I started being creative and this is something that I really enjoy doing. So then I got in the studio and made my first album. So this happened pretty quickly.
Interviewer: That’s Interesting! So music is fairly new to you, what had you been planning to do before then? Do you have a separate job now? Or have you ever wanted to pursue another interest?
Kristina: No other interests right now, music is what I want to do full time. Unfortunately I learned that kind of late, but I’m still young so I have time. This was something I kind of grew up doing, because I listened to music and I had a lot of artists that I looked up to, but now I have the guidance from my manager and everything is just coming together and I really love it.
Interviewer: You mentioned artists that you looked up to, are there any artists who you would say are the most influential to your music?
Kristina: Yeah. People like Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson. I just like all genres, I’m not picky, there’s not a certain one that I love more than the other, like it’s very diverse when it comes to the people that I look up to.
Interviewer: Are there any hardships that you’ve had to overcome to pursue a career in music?
Kristina: Yes, definitely confidence, you know? You really have to put your all into it. Some people might have back-up plans but this is really what I want to do and what I want to put all my potential into-no other distractions- because it’s something that I really enjoy.
Interviewer: Your new album has a very R&B vibe to it, what drew you to that sound in particular?
Kristina: I Just love R&B music. That’s my goal, that’s my focus. In certain tracks you can hear that island vibe because I’m originally from Barbados, so I was like let’s add this feel from back home into this music and create something- create my own sound. So it’s like an R&B mixed with afro, it’s a lot (laughs) but it’s nice.
Interviewer: Do you have any favorite track off of the album?
Kristina: Yeah, my favorite for some reason is “Stronger”. I felt like when I sang it there was a lot of emotion I put into it. And even when I play it over and over, I can really feel the song- so “Stronger”.
Interviewer: So the pandemic has affected music in a lot of different ways but how has it affected your career personally?
Kristina: It’s just kind of putting everything more online, but that’s ok because everybody is really online now, so that’s more opportunities to get more views and everything. But, when it comes to being social, you know, I can’t wait until I actually perform my music in front of live crowds. Live music, live energy, just the interaction of being social, I can’t wait for that when the world can kind of open back up.
Interviewer: You said earlier that you were fairly new to music but have you been performing live before the pandemic hit?
Kristina: Yes, I was in a band before. I was doing backup singing and lead singing, so just a little bit here and there, but I never really took it as serious as I really did last year and this year.
Interviewer: Passion and Pain is your debut album which is a big thing, I was wondering if you could explain the creative process of putting together an album, and the technical process as well?
Kristina: We wanted to tell a story, we didn’t want to just put out an album with all of these different sounds and kind of have it all over the place. So we really took time into the planning of it. The name of the album is Passion and Pain, one side is pain and one side is passion, and it’s kind of like a relationship. You have the good times and the bad times. So we said we would tell a story. We’ll start off with love songs, and then we have a little rough patch, and then we mend back together. So if you listen to the songs in order it’s kind of connected so it’s like a story, and that’s the creative side.
Interviewer: What do you want people to take away from your music or feel when they’re listening to your music?
Kristina: I just want them to feel happy (laughs). If it can make somebody’s day then that’s all that matters. Or even if somebody’s going through something, I feel like somewhere in the world somebody will be able to relate because you know everybody goes through their own things in relationships. So it’s the happy side and the sad side but in the end you have to come back together and get strong.
Interviewer: Do you have any new projects or plans coming up to talk about?
Kristina: Yes, but I can’t tell anybody yet (laughs). But still, I am always working though. Once I got that album out, I’m still promoting it. Everybody’s still into it now, but when it comes down I have new music dropping. I’m always working. I’m not just gonna put out an album and stop, I’m going to continue to grow, because it’s only my first month where i’m putting out anything, so imagine in a year from now what a big difference It can make. I just want to stay really consistent and focused on it.
Interviewer: So you can’t give the specifics of course, but do you know when people can expect to see some more music from you?
Kristina: I’d say about, probably two months from now. Pretty soon, I’m not going to keep them waiting because I’ve had so much positive feedback. So to show off more of my different vocal abilities a lot of different types of albums will be coming. I’m excited!