Kris Angelis has been living musically her whole life. “My mom says I’ve been singing since before I could talk. I would sing melodies when I didn’t actually know words.” Growing up on a farm in Florida, Angelis spent her childhood playing, running around the farm, and making up songs with her twin sister. They composed their first song at the age of three -- and it lives on now, interwoven into one of Kris’s more recent works.
While her early musical influences were limited to her grandparents’ Rodgers and Hammerstein videos, her parents’ records, and the Lawrence Welk show -- one of the few that came in on their TV -- Kris did not feel deprived. “I would put on my parents vinyl records which included the Beatles, the Eagles, the Archies, and even Strauss waltzes, and dance around, pretending to be the singer. I loved it. It was a great basis in melodies and harmonies.” Later she would sing in the church choir and, when her family moved to California, in her summer camp’s musical productions. Discovering the band Hanson, siblings who were very young themselves at the time, opened up the possibility of making music herself. She delved into learning harmonies with her twin sister, Alix, taking full advantage of the way siblings' voices work together.
It was with the help of a musician friend that Kris first began learning guitar. She continued learning on her own—and dived right into songwriting with inspirations including Brandi Carlile, Ray Lamontagne, Taylor Swift, Hanson, The Lumineers, Elton John, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, and many more! “It’s how I create, how I express myself. But it’s also a huge part of how I get through life. Music is a universal language. It evokes emotion. It resonates in our souls, it actually vibrates in our bodies. There’s a Victor Hugo quote that expresses exactly how I feel about it: ‘Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.’ That’s how songwriting has been for me.” And she certainly hasn’t been silent. Kris put her musical talents to good use in her first full-length album, "The Left Atrium" produced by Jeff Zacharski, a fusion of genres and sounds that includes elements of everything from smoky jazz to bold rock. “The Left Atrium” is a great example of who Kris is as a musician—beautiful, eclectic, surprising, and yet somehow always herself.
The critics agreed. "The Left Atrium" was awarded Best Female Album of 2013 by the LA Music Critics Awards. The video for the song "Not Your Fault" was an exclusive premier on RyanSeacrest.com. She was chosen for a month long tour in Europe with Songs&Whispers in spring of 2014 and opened for Tyler Hilton on a US tour in August. Kris wants to connect with people through music and make a difference, so she partnered through Live Music Cares with Project AK-47, which rescues child soldiers, and joined the Extreme Tour in the US to bring music to underserved communities and youth. Kris played at the New Orleans House of Blues as a finalist in Belk Southern Musician competition. She's also played at several festivals, including Sundance, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, SXSW, NAMM, and MondoNYC.
In 2017, she collaborated with Morgan Taylor Reid, and Alexander Cardinale for the "Heartbreak is Contagious" EP. The EP landed in the Top 10 of the iTunes Singer-songwriter chart, was awarded Best Female EP in the 2016 LA Music Critics Awards. The single is featured on Relix Magazine's first ever "Women Who Rock" sampler CD in their September/October 2016 issue and can be heard thematically throughout Season 2 of AwesomenessTV's show Guidance. as well as in Regal, Cinemark, and AMC theaters across the US. Kris was awarded Best Female Artist in the 13th annual International Acoustic Music Awards and was a finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition.
Kris has been releasing some exciting collaborations over the last year including "Bright Side" with Adrianne Gonzalez (The Rescues), "Roll The Dice" with Rockwell Sands of the band WØLVES, and has teamed up with producer Billy Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Joshua Radin, Cary Brothers) for a new EP coming out this summer. The first single, "Photobooth" which is a visit to bitter sweet nostalgia based on a true story, dropped on May 11th and the video will be premiering soon.
Kris enjoys playing nerdy board games and running charades when she's not working on music.
For more info and links to social media, visit www.krisangelis.com