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Life hasn’t always been easy for new wave / punk artist Krista D. from the small town of Riverview on Canada’s East Coast and it is reflected in the darker lyrics to many of her songs such as "Black Eyed Susan," which appears on her debut Indie album Jane’s World, soon to be released. "Jane’s World" is the silent scream of so many battered women (and children) that begins with cries of pain and ends with hope. The subject of the song summons the courage to say leave the abusive relationship and start again.
This now happily married 24-year-old mother of one daughter, Zoe, has taken her turbulent teenage years in which she was stalked, had a brief encounter with the Hell’s Angels, was suicidal, and began cutting herself, and turned those experiences into positives. Krista D's music has given her the opportunity to counsel teens at risk and her music reflects the serious issues many of them face on a daily basis.
One of Krista D.'s more poignant songs, "Nursery Crimes," is a lighting rod for the issue of child abuse. The listener's heart breaks as the artist paints a bloodied and bruised portrait of the victims. She describes the song as being, "Fairly dark and it will probably never reach radio.”
Concert promoter Stephen Burchell says, “Krista’s music reaches into the depth of the trials and despair that teenagers go through, but unlike most of today’s music that follows that theme, Krista gives an answer for the hurting, searching and confused teen. Her music is a positive source of support and encouragement.”
The love song "You and Me" creates a new genre blending sixties Beach Boys sounds with sonic reminders of Rancid, according to Krista D.
Krista D. says about her music, “Since my music is such a conglomeration of styles, mixing new wave and early punk sounds with pop melodies, I guess it would be easier to just call it pop / rock.” Putting that label on her music, however, would be a big disservice as there is very little on the mainstream market that resembles the hard slamming lyrics with her unique melodies. There certainly isn’t anything in the Christian market that comes close.
Listeners may be reminded of Dashboard Confessional’s "Hands Down" while listening to her tune "Run Jane Run."
The project was produced in New Brunswick and features local artists Chris Colepaugh on bass and guitar as well as Danny Bourgeois on drums.
Krista D’s musical endeavors have taken her right across the Canada. Her song "Son of Man" was the number one requested song on the Moncton (Canada) CHR station. She was also featured on the Maritime Grown CD.
She placed in the top ten of the Keep the Music Coming competition in 2004 sponsored by the Canadian Value of Music Coalition and the Harris Institute for the Arts. The nationwide competition invited contestants to submit one original work and evaluated the entries based on originality, production quality, overall performance and the quality of musical composition. The evaluation covered areas such as melody, lyrics, hook, production and marketability. For her efforts Krista D. was included on a 12 track compilation CD.
After her 2004 appearance at the Great White North Conference in Calgary, she was offered a record contract but declined. Since that time, she has been the recipient of overtures from other record labels.
Early in her career, Krista D also had a high placing in the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition.
Watch for the young woman with the streaked pink hair or sporting the blonde Sandra Dee wiga tribute to her fondness for retro music and culture-she may just be the next best thing hitting the Canadian music scene.
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