“Songbird Kristine Mills has the whole package! Astonishing singing and songwriting talents!”
— BRILLIANT MAGAZINE
Looking Back. Moving Forward
Looking Back. Moving Forward.
A retrospective of a songwriting career.
Looking Back. Moving Forward. is the songbook transcription project of compositions written by award-wining vocalist and songwriter, Kristine Mills. The objective of this project is to create a clean songbook of Kristine’s original music so in a performance setting, musicians can read the charts without mistakes. A sideman once said, “perfect charts for perfect performances.” That is the ultimate goal of this project.
There are 34 original songs written over 30 years in the songbook. Of Kristine’s six cd’s, bossanovafied, asYETuntitled and BOSSAtoo, have short-listed for Grammy consideration, as well as, have been broadcast on national and international radio stations. BOSSAtoo placed #2 on the CMJ Jazz TOP 5 Add Chart, debuted at #35, and peaked at #26 on the CMJ Jazz Charts 2015. bossanovafied debuted at #46 on Jazz Week World Music Album Chart, February 2010. Several songs have appeared on the on-board music channels of major national and international airlines. A few songs have yet to be published with those slated for a future recording.
The SONGBOOK will be performed in a monthly “residency” at a local venue. We will co-brand and cross promote the performances on social media, websites and emails to our respective lists, plus we will include a visual artist in a pop-up gallery during our performances. Also planned are two concerts in 2019 at either Match or Heights Theater.
Guitarist and composer, Gabriel Santiago, a PhD in composition from the University of Texas, Austin, has been engaged to write the charts. As of January 2019, he has completed 19 of the 34 songs.
Kristine Mills, a Houston native, is a Houston Press Music Award Winner in the “Best Vocalist” and “Best Songwriter” categories. She is also a Houston Press Rocks off 100 - Houston's Most Distinguished Artists and 2012 Houston Arts Alliance for Established Individual Artists Grant Recipient.