Looking Back. Moving Forward. A retrospective of a career.
Critically acclaimed, award-winning vocalist/songwriter, Kristine Mills headlines the 20th Anniversary Gala of Dress For Success Houston / Cuisine for a Cause on October 20, 2018. She brings to the stage her an all-star band featuring guitarist and composer, Gabriel Santiago, violinist Ellen Story, bassist David Craig, and drummer/percussionist Tyson Sheth.
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, Cezanne’s and The House of Blues in Houston, and was Artist-In-Residence at Hotel ZaZa Houston.
Kristine's last release, BOSSAtoo, October 9, 2015, followed the success of Kristine’s previous CDs, bossanovafied and asYETuntitled. BOSSAtoo is comprised of eight original songs penned by Mills, two unique arrangements of classic Antonio Carlos Jobim tunes and one by Sting. The album was recorded early 2015 in a series of sessions at two Grammy-winning studios, Samurai Hotel Studios and Dave Darlington’s Bass Hit Studios in NYC with respected musicians; pianist Klaus Mueller, bassist/guitarist Itaiguara Brandao, drummer/Portihno, and Grammy-winning percussionist, Rafael Barata. In 2015 and 2016, Kristine performed several shows in NYC at Zinc Bar and The Metropolitan Room promoting her new cd. BOSSAtoo placed #2 on the CMJ Jazz Top 5 Adds Chart. The cd debuted at #35 then peaked at #26 on CMJ Jazz National Chart.
Nine original songs by Kristine comprise the soundtrack of Michel Muelle’s documentary “Collector’s Waltz,” which won a Gold REMI Award at the Houston WorldFest Film Festival 2012. Kristine wrote and produced the songs, which were performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra pianist and conductor Tommy “TJ” James, and a who’s who of Houston-based classical and jazz musicians. The film and companion soundtrack released Fall 2012.
Kristine’s song, “Patch of Green,” was one of eight semifinalist songs performed in the Concerts for City Greens Songwriting Contest in New York. Kristine performed the song in its first public performance on June 20, as a featured guest of the free outdoor summer concert series. The contest’s jury includes Neil Sedaka, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway, the Tony-nominated composer Michael John LaChiusa, Today Show regular David Friedman, and the two-time Emmy-winning MTV Networks executive Matthew Parillo. Kristine made her New York debut with Tommy “TJ” James, the arranger, conductor, and pianist of the Duke Ellington Orchestra at the prestigious New York concert venue The Metropolitan Room earlier in 2012, then returned to the Metropolian Room stage on June 27, 2012, supported by a high-flying coterie of New York-based musicians. Kristine performed an all-original set of new songs including songs from her cd, the Gold REMI award-winning soundtrack from “Collector’s Waltz” and featuring Concerts for City Greens Songwriting Contest semi-finalist “Patch of Green.”
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 a Grammy nomination 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.
On May 22, 2012, Kristine released her live recording of “Silhouette” (performed live in March on the KUFH/KUHA radio program “The Front Row” on iTunes. Proceeds from the download of this single benefit the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation, a Houston-based charity that provides uninsured breast cancer patients with reconstructive surgery performed by celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Franklin Rose. This recording 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.
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.
“Kristine Mills’ pure jazz has become part of the soundtrack of Houston!”
“She makes every song have the effect of an aphrodisiac on the senses!”
JAZZ INSIDE MAGAZINE
“Songbird Kristine Mills has the whole package! Astonishing singing and songwriting talents!” BRILLIANT MAGAZINE
BOSSAtoo:: BOSSAtoo placed #2 on the CMJ Jazz Top 5 Adds Chart. The cd debuted at #35 then peaked at #26 on CMJ Jazz National Chart.
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.”
Soundtrack for Collector’s Waltz :: Nine original songs composed, produced and recorded by Mills for the Gold REMI Award-winning documentary. Features performances by Duke Ellington Orchestra alums: Tommy “TJ” James, pianist and conductor, with Shelley Carrol, saxophone, along with a whos-who of Houston-based classical and jazz musicians.
Patch of Green (single) :: June 2012 Concerts for New York City Greens Songwriting Contest semi-finalist. Song performed in NYC at the Tudor City Concert for City Green Summer Series and the Metropolitan Room.
bossanovafied :: Third album received international acclaim and airplay. Debuted at #46 on Jazz Week World Music Album Chart, February 2010. The sultry, hot, bossa nova collection of Mills’ original songs were recorded in Rio de Janeiro. Short-listed 54th Grammy nomination consideration “Best Jazz with Vocals Album."
“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