Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristi Mason.
Hi Kristi, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I grew up in a really small farm town in Kansas. I loved living there but honestly, I knew never really fit in and my dreams were different than the majority of people my age. I wanted to be a singer, a true performer. I escaped my world through music. I sang Martina McBride, vibes with steely Dan, danced along to 1960s soul and dreamed with Celine. Like I can’t do chores without music now… just feels wrong.
My greatest music inspiration was my dad. We would drive through the open fields of Kansas and play his homemade cassette tapes he made when he was younger. I learned to love all music from him. We would listen to Mozart, the Beatles, Garth Brooks, Fleetwood Mac and everything in between.
As soon as I was 18 I moved away and did show choir at Butler Community college and honestly, that taught me so much about show business and professionalism. Our fearless leader, Smack taught us dance moves and harmonies but her greatest gift was teaching me how to be a professional artist. Show up on time (early sorry LA), first one in and out, know your lines/moves and take the time yourself to perfect them, be kind and generous always and when you are tired, only say 10% of what you are thinking.
After Butler I made the moved to Nashville and developed my musical theatre craft. I was so focused on my Broadway goals that I didn’t really dive into MY voice yet. Once I graduated, I moved to NYC and did a two years stint on Broadway! I made my dreams a reality, but I wasn’t fulfilled. I didn’t have control of what I sang and how I sang it. I was told to stand there, sing like this and had zero creative freedom. I learned that it was time to find myself and moved to LA.
2016 I moved to LA and never looked back. I love the creative energies all around. The past few years I’ve been developing my voice and my vibe and focusing on getting out of that music box I was put in. I’m staying true to my roots and singing country-pop music. I love creating music as an outlet for some of the traumatic but also the beautiful things I have been through. Music was, is and always will be my outlet. I am now a Nashville recording artist and my last album I worked with Barfrog music and recorded with the best musicians in Nashville (some Dolly Partons, Garth Brooks people and many more). To record in a room with such musical geniuses was already a dream come true in itself.
My last song Wake Up Call was released on April 22, and it’s about all those men out there that use you and dispose of you. The song is basically means thanks for the wake-up call for who you really are and I’m done. I have loved the responses because sadly I’m not the only woman affected by guys just wanting you for what you give them. Girls…. You deserve better that a 2am text saying you up.
I am planning on releasing new music every 6 weeks and I’m so freaking excited to share this project with y’all!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I went ham on my last message but no it has not been easy.
I was married and divorced to a pathological liar who cheated, lied and had a secrecy family and multiple secret girlfriends. This album coming out is giving power to those affected by relationships. This is my personal power album.
I also grow up in a small town and everything I have, I had to get myself. No handouts etc
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m proud of gfi ding my own voice and not letting others dictate what I should sing and sound like.
- Instagram: Www.Instagram.com/kristimasonofficial
- Facebook: Www.Facebook.com/kristimasonofficial
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Db8NMJyjvnSe8ZEFrazTJ?si=6qfA1DliSdKC3BxKcJfDgw
Katie Kaag Don Hattan