Today we’d like to introduce you to Kirsten Collins.
Kirsten, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I feel as though I was born with music living within my veins. It captivated me from a very young age. I’m the oldest of 4 kids and grew up on an acreage in Calgary AB, Canada. I was homeschooled and had plenty of time to educate and hone in on my kraft. I’ve always been the odd one out with TONS of energy. I tend to bounce around like I was on a sugar high 24/7. I love creating unique looks and outfits to wear. Things people would never even think of. I just like to set the bar high in everything I do. I wrote my first song at 6 and from then on, I couldn’t be stopped. My parents have always been so supportive, encouraging me to fulfill my dreams in every way possible. I had performed and sung in as many places as I could in my hometown and at the age of 14, my family decided to check out LA! You can imagine I fell in love at first sight. We were brought around by the epic man David Woods and I had the opportunity of meeting Rodney Jerkins (a major producer) or a pastor upon arrival. Being a family from a small city, we decided our first move should be on the safe side (lol). We met up with an amazing man, Toure Roberts. He had some connections in the city with a man named Brian Kennedy (A producer who produced some songs you may have heard of “Forever Chris Brown” “Disturbia Rihanna” and the most amazing piano player ever, other than my mom). And, he happened to be across the street at an ice-cream shop and invited me over to his studio! All in all, I went over, he moved the backstreet boy’s studio session, so I could come in and showcase my skills. I can say from that moment on, I have not only learned a lot but have met and had the pleasure of working with so many incredible supportive loving people. One could say, I was the richest woman on earth by just knowing the people I know and their kindness and determination to just be themselves and rock the world.
I am now finally getting to release my music! And feel blessed to be sharing it with people such as “Swagga Bob”, “Emile Ghantous”, “Original Music group”, “Arengers”, “Tim Bullok”, “Dream Addix”, “Mega”, “James Coole”, “Aero Chord” and soo many more. It’s crazy what magic can happen when the artists get to create the impossible together.
I will be releasing a song a month this year (2018) to really just allow my fans and the people around me, be close to my journey and be involved with what I’ve gone through and what I’m enduring at that moment.
I think music allows us to be at our greatest vulnerability state. And to be honest, music and position require a great deal of responsibility. I’ve learned throughout the years deeper meaning in what I hold dear to my heart. I’ve asked the question “WHY” why do I do what I do? Why do I endure the struggle and pain and sacrifice that comes with it? My answer: I want to be real, open and vulnerable in my career through me being confident and honest with my struggle and joy. So that I can watch as the people around me and with me can see themselves in their best form and be inspired to do the so-called “impossible.” To be able to envision and start to see what they are called to do and watch as their confidence grows so they may help someone else encounter and pursue their dreams.
I’m excited for what’s to come. The wait is real but persistence is key in anything. Have grace on yourself to try again and again and again. Your time will come. Stay tuned for more excitement from ME!
P.S. I’m a cheeseburger fanatic! 🙂
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The best advice I can give is to know why you are doing what you’re doing. Find your purpose and motive behind what you’re passionate about. Because then when something hard comes around that tries to bring you down you can look beyond it and stay focused on what really matters.
It has not always been a smooth road. Let’s just say it felt like an old beater truck trying to drive down the highway. I’ve had to wait and work towards where I am at now (which feels like forever) and it’s like, I’m just beginning. I’ve lived in 13 different houses/apartments traveled across countries I’ve had to wonder where my next meal was coming from. I’ve had to ignore the hatred from some of the people closest to me telling me I was crazy for pursuing my dreams and that it would never come about. I’ve had to face myself in what I was willing to sacrifice for what I wanted, always laying out the consequences. I’ve had to turn down amazing opportunities in order to keep within my morals and values. I’ve had to struggle and watch as people I loved grew faster than I did in numbers. I’ve had to humble myself and take a step back so that I wouldn’t go mentally crazy. I’ve had major health issues and depression as well as immune failure. I’ve been in an abusive relationship. The list can go on. But, I feel like no matter the circumstances God is always there. And you are never alone joy is just around the corner.
Please tell us about Kirsten Collins.
I am a singer/songwriter artist/influencer. I’m known for my originals, features, covers, and family, etc. I’m most proud of the fact that I’ve kept my character and authenticity and that people who join my journey get inspired to be their own kind of beautiful. I feel what sets me apart from others is that I won’t sell myself to an industry or a cause. I stand firm in my beliefs but still always leave room for growth. One thing I’m known for is being able to write a multitude of songs on the spot. At my last performance, I bought a band together who had never met or talked until the day of the show. And I just asked them to wing and enjoy the whole hour show as we played and jammed our hearts out. I love improvisation in everything I do.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
My parents have played a massive roll in my life and still do to this day. I respect their opinion on pretty much everything I do. I learn a lot from my siblings and friends. And I’m always encouraged by my fans. They are wise and loving. BUT I also love the bible app. As well as I listen to Judah Smith on my podcasts app while in rush hour traffic. Which in LA is A LOT, lol! I also love Spotify, it always knows which mood I’m in and Pinterest helps me organize my life. Quite honestly, I have so many apps, it would be hard to put them all down. Lol!
- Website: https://open.spotify.com/track/07FUOcM1SMHHr4DEEiQe08
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirstencollinsmusic/
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kirstencollinsmusic/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirstenCollinsM
Sheri Angeles, Camila Noriega, Swagga Bob, Bri Alysse