Today we’d like to introduce you to Krys Wright.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m a military brat who was born in Germany to a Korean mother and African-American father. After spending some time there, we moved to a super small town in Arizona where I spent the bulk of my adolescent years. Around 2001, we picked up and moved to South Korea where I graduated high school. As you can imagine, it’s challenging to establish roots when you’re never able to fully settle.
It’s even more challenging to develop a sense of self when what’s being reflected back to you keeps rearranging. It’s for that reason that I look back on my time in Korea as a blessing in disguise. Going from a school of roughly 700 kids in Arizona to a Korean school of 26 really makes an impact on kid – especially ones already feeling a little lost. That extra attention and focus from the faculty allowed students to blossom in ways they may not have otherwise and I wasn’t the exception. It was during this time that I met teachers (that I still have relationships with to this day) who’d mentor and guide me in developing my joys and sense of self; encouraging me to really carve out the direction of my life from that point on and build some stability I hadn’t yet been accustomed to. I valued those lessons and chose to live as creatively as I could.
I’ve been singing since the age of 11 roughly. If you count the karaoke I’d sing with my mom, then 7…… I’ve been singing since 7. The town I grew up in was pretty small so the only outlets we had to express ourselves were local talent shows and pageants, which I did a few of. I didn’t really start taking this music thing seriously until high school when I started writing songs and doing gigs. After graduating, I ended up at a music school here in LA and stayed after graduation.
I’ve gone in and out of odd jobs over the years but my job as a creative has been a consistent aim for most of my life. I consider myself a global citizen having had exposure to a variety of cultures within the same house and through general life experiences so as often as I can, I try to speak that into my music. I grew up listening to a lot of pop and I’m sucker for a good melody. But once neo-soul made its entrance, I couldn’t help but immerse myself in all things D’Angelo, Jill, Musiq, you name it. This was definitely my musical bedrock and everything I create derives from this cocktail of influences. I’ve been producing music for some time now and it’s been rich with joys and pains. Overall I try to focus on continuous creative growth leaning into the twists and turns of life and the lessons meant for me.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I try to be thoughtful about the words I use to describe what I do and most times, I settle on creative, as I dabble in anything that moves me. I create to make a declaration of my existence while substantiating my thoughts, emotions, and feelings through music (primarily) – which has provided me my livelihood. I do it because the human experience is important – not the most important but equally as important especially as it relates to others and how we interact with each other. Your creations are literally a time capsule into the human condition at that time – What is it that you want to convey? What do you want people to know? As a creative, it’s not only our job but our responsibility to provide that testimony. If you’re lucky, you’ll offer wisdom through that work. If you’re really lucky, you’ll inspire.
As I write this, I am at home in the third week of the Covid-19 quarantine. At no other time has this need for community and interaction been more evident. We need each other. We need the stories. We need the empathy and we need the understanding. Most of all, we need faith and courage and that’s what my work is to me; each lyric, each song taking me further from the person I was to who I’m supposed to be.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Right now, we are in the thick of it all. There is so much music coming at you from all directions that it can be tough to cut through the noise. Once you’re able to do that and you have the people’s attention, how can you monetize that “exposure” into a livelihood? Pharrell made $2700 from streams on Pandora for his song “Happy”; arguably the biggest song of 2013.
“So yea, fair monetization.”
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find my music on all streaming platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, YouTube, etc. You can also follow me on Instagram @kryswright or sign up on my website to support www.kryswright.com.
- Website: www.kryswright.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kryswright
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kryswrightmusic
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kryswright
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