KRISTINE'S STORY

Looking Back. Moving Forward. A retrospective of a career.

Critically acclaimed, award-winning vocalist/songwriter, Kristine Mills released the first two singles, Hold Fast and Dip My Toe from Looking Back. Moving Forward. the 7th album by Kristine, in a live concert at Warehouse72 July 1, 2021 in Houston, Texas.

“Looking Back. Moving Forward.” set to drop Friday, Nov. 12, is a reflection on Kristine’s several-decades' long career and will be celebrated with three official release shows. The first is taking place in Austin, Texas at Parker Jazz Club (117 W. Fourth St. #107b, Austin, Texas 78701) on Thursday, Nov. 4 where she’ll perform with the critically-acclaimed house band, led by Kris Kimura. The second will take place on Friday, Nov. 12, in Houston at Warehouse 72 (7620 Katy Fwy, Suite 305, Houston, Texas 77024). The third will take place on Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Triad Theatre(158 W. 72nd St., New York, NY 10023) in New York City featuring GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer Jeff Franzel, guitarist/producer Askold Bukand drummer Steve Williams who all appear on the new album. Kristine also just announced that she will be moving to London in November following her album release, where she hopes to propel her career even further to the international stage. For more information on Kristine Mills, see here.

Winner of the Houston Press Music Awards, Best Female Vocalist and Best Songwriter, Mills was also nominated for Best Pop Artist, Best Jazz, and Musician of the Year. She was among the 2013 Houston Press Rocks off 100 - Houston’s Most Distinguished Artists and a 2012 Houston Arts Alliance for Established Individual Artists Grant Recipient. Mills won a Gold REMI Award for her soundtrack written for the documentary film Collector’s Waltz.

In addition to many appearances at the Metropolitan Room, Duplex and Zinc Bar in New York, Kristine has played sold-out shows in theaters and performing arts centers as guest vocalist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and headliner for the Brazilian International Jazz Festival in Sao Paolo, Recife, Rio, and Belo Horizonte. She also performed at Snug Harbor in New Orleans, The Miami Music Festival, Carnival Latino, Cezanne’s and The House of Blues in Houston, and was Artist-In-Residence at Hotel ZaZa Houston. She is the Music Director and featured performer at Giorgio's Hotel Granduca Houston. 

She is a refreshing artist with a contagious spirit that reaches out to her audience with witty and welcoming warmth. She makes her guitar sing like a mockingbird on steroids. She is a force to be reckoned with.”

— the late Russ Weatherford for Times Square Chronicles

Discography

“This album is the retrospective of my songwriting career,” expressed Kristine Mills. “It encompasses songs written at different times in my life, but they share universal truths about love, life, and death that we all can relate to. Many of the songs are collaborations with other artists which then pull from their experiences to enrich the writing and feelings found in the songs.”

This album is different for I'm pulling from old works that were never released, remixing some of her more popular tunes and collaborating with younger artists and artists who perform in other genres. Raul da Gama with World Music Reports says, “Kristine Mills’ talent for songwriting goes well beyond that realm. She is a fine writer of The Song, an even better writer of The Ballad and best of all she writes a compelling narrative. In short, Mills may be considered a complete musician." 

Songs on “Looking Back. Moving Forward.” will be released in pairs from various “sessions” recorded in 2008 to the present. The first set of songs, “The HOUSTON Sessions,” were co-produced by Gabriel Santiago, recorded in Houston and mixed and mastered in Brazil. Kristine’s first two singles are a contrast in love - “Hold Fast” was written in honor of her new husband, where “Dip My Toe In The Water” was written amidst the ending of a long marriage. 

The "New York Sessions" were recorded in New York from 20215 - 2021 and feature well-known musicians such as GRAMMY-nominated American songwriter Jeff Franzel, prolific writer and producer Askold Buk, Sade's touring drummer, Steve Williams, Dave Byrne's tour bassist Paul Frasier, cellist Dave Eggar.

The "Rice Session" were a collaboration with Austin-based David Rice in sessions from 2008 - 2010 that were recently remixed by Askold Buk in mid-2021.

Kristine’s third album, “bossanovafied,” has received international acclaim and airplay across a spectrum of music formats since it debuted at #46 on Jazz Week’s World Music Album Chart in February 2010. The sultry hot bossa nova collection of all original music was recorded in Rio de Janeiro and was short-listed for the 54th Grammy nomination consideration in the Best Jazz Album with Vocals category. Cuts from the CD made it onto the in-flight playlists of several international and domestic carriers.

In Miami 2010 she was featured in three showcases of the Miami Music Festival.  In August 2009 she headlined the Brazilian International Jazz Festival with her Rio-based, “bossanovafied” band in sold-out shows in Recife, Rio, and Belo Horizonte.

“Songbird Kristine Mills has the whole package! Astonishing singing and songwriting talents!””

— Brilliant Magazine

asYETuntitled :: This CD was awarded the 2012 Houston Arts Alliance Grant for Established Individual Artist in MUSIC. Album of Mills’ all original songs released both Houston and New York Spring 2013. Short-listed 56th Grammy nomination consideration in “Best Pop with Vocals Album.”

Includes the song “Silhouette”  which debuted as a single on May 22, 2012. The live recording of “Silhouette” performed on the KUFH/KUHA radio program “The Front Row” on iTunes features Duke Ellington Orchestra’s, Tommy “TJ” James on piano and saxophonist, Shelley Carol, as well as, the stellar Houston-based rhythm section of David Craig on bass, and Vernon Daniels on drums.