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KRISTINE W UNLEASHES HER “ISSUES” Billboard Magazine’s “Dance Music Artist of the Decade” Releases Episode One of Her Three Part “Issues” Album, “Love and Lies”
Kristine W takes music fans back to the dance floor with Love and Lies, the first part of her three-episode Issues double-album that includes the #1 single “Stars” and her brand new single, “Barracuda”. Being distributed globally through The Orchard, all eight songs on Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies deal with love in its complexities: the deception from others as well as the lies we tell ourselves. Kristine W’s Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies album is available now at https://orcd.co/episodeoneloveandlies.
“This album is all about real songs and stories,” explains Kristine W. “They tell tales of real stories of love, lies and loss that happen to us all. Nothing is held back because my ultimate hope is that these songs help others to confront their own issues head on and with less fear knowing that they are not alone.”
Kristine’s previously released single, “Just a Lie,” depicted her painful experience with divorce. In “Barracuda,” a remake of the classic rock track first released by Heart, Kristine W takes aim at a record industry that hasn’t always been fair to her. “The song fit perfectly with the "Keeping It Real” vibe of the Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies album,” she says.
“Growing up In Washington (state), we were immersed in rock,” Kristine W remembers. “Heart, in particular, were super heroes because they were global rock stars that gave us young aspiring musicians hope that we could make it big somehow too.”
The original “Barracuda” was written as a testament to Heart's anger towards the music industry. Believing in that old adage of ‘any publicity is good publicity’, the band’s label issued press releases filled with fake stories to create any kind of buzz about the band in order to sell records. Many were unflattering and even detrimental to the band’s long- term success and they eventually led to the band splitting from the label.
“Barracuda” presented a few challenges for Kristine. The biggest being matching Ann Wilson’s incredible vocals. Wilson was 18 when she recorded the single, allowing her to hit notes in the stratosphere. “I told my engineer I didn't want to cover ‘Barracuda’ unless I could sing it in the original key,” Kristine W explains. “He looked at me like I was nuts but three sessions later, I nailed it.”
Kristine and her producer, John Keenan, manage to reframe the single, adding a bit of dance influence into the production while keeping its original magic.
Kristine W hails from Pasco, Washington. After winning titles as Miss Tri-Cities and Miss Washington and placing first in the talent competition at the Miss America pageant, she went on to pursue her educational and musical dreams in Las Vegas. There, she found success headlining her own show at the Las Vegas Hilton, winning several 'Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year' awards and being officially sanctioned as the entertainer who performed more live shows at the Las Vegas Hilton than any other performer in its history, including Elvis. The award led to June 28th being officially sanctioned Kristine W day in the state of Nevada.
She began recording pop, R&B and dance tracks in the nineties and was whisked to London to record her first album which would go on to become an iconic house record. “Feel What You Want” reached #1 and since then, Kristine W has had a steady flow of chart toppers. “Stars,” the first release off Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies, is her 17th Billboard #1. She now ties Mariah Carey for the sixth-most No. 1s since the chart’s August 28, 1976, inception. Madonna leads the chart with 46.
The three episodes of Issues are intended to take listeners on a journey, with songs relating to the subject of each episode. Following Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies, Episode 2 will deal with life’s battles including those associated with relationships, work, time management and self-esteem. Then, Issues Episode 3: will celebrate life's small victories. All thirty tracks of Issues will be released as a double album in early 2021.
The producers who lend their talent to Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies read like a veritable who’s who of today’s top hitmakers. Hans W. Mallon from Holland, best known for his work with Tiesto, shines with his productions of “Wind in the Trees”, “Can’t take No More" and "Whites Girls.” Joey Moskowitz, responsible for creating some of the biggest US house anthems of the last two decades, teams up with Joel Dickenson. Together as JSQUAD, they masterfully reinvent Kristine's #1 smash "Land of The Living." London superstar FREEJAK hits gold again with his radiating production of Kristine’s “Stars.” Jesper Kettenis and Phill Wellz (both from Amsterdam) also appear on the album.
“We all have our issues,” Kristine reflects, “but music has a way of helping us cope with our heartaches, connect with others and celebrate the gift of life.
“I feel very blessed to have a great team of talented people working with me on Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies. We are a family with lots of music coming out this year and so much to be grateful for.”
Kristine W’s Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies album is available now on all digital retailers via Kristine’s own imprint, Fly Again Music Productions. Fly Again Music is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of dance, pop and jazz culture.