Looking Back While Moving Forward... a retrospective of a career.
Critically acclaimed, award-winning vocalist/songwriter, Kristine Mills headlines the 20th Anniversary Gala of Dress For Success Houston / Cuisine for a Cause on October 20, 018. She brings to the stage her an all-star band featuring guitarist and composer, Gabriel Santiago, violinist Ellen Story, bassist David Craig and drummer/percussionist Tyson Sheth.
BOSSAtoo, October 9, 2015 following the success of Kristine’s previous cds, bossanovafied and asYETuntitled. BOSSAtoo is comprised of eight original songs penned by Mills, two unique arrangements of classic Antonio Carlos Jobim tunes and one by Sting. The album was recorded early 2015 in a series of sessions at two Grammy-winning studios, Samurai Hotel Studios and Dave Darlington’s Bass Hit Studios in NYC with respected musicians; pianist Klaus Mueller, bassist/guitarist Itaiguara Brandao, drummer/Portihno and Grammy-winning percussionist, Rafael Barata. In 2015 and 2016, Kristine performed several shows in NYC at Zinc Bar and The Metropolitan Room promoting her new cd. BOSSAtoo placed #2 on the CMJ Jazz Top 5 Adds Chart. The cd debuted at #35 then peaked at #26 on CMJ Jazz National Chart.
In addition to many appearances at the Metropolitan Room, Duplex and Zinc Bar in New York, Kristine has played sold-out shows in theaters and performing arts centers as guest vocalist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and headliner for the Brazilian International Jazz Festival in Sao Paolo, Recife, Rio, and Belo Horizonte. She also performed at Snug Harbor in New Orleans, Cezanne’s and The House of Blues in Houston, and was Artist-In-Residence at Hotel ZaZa Houston.
Winner of the Houston Press Music Awards, Best Female Vocalist and Best Songwriter, Mills has also been nominated for Best Pop Artist, Best Jazz and Musician of the Year. She was among the 2013 Houston Press Rocks off 100 - Houston’s Most Distinguished Artists and a 2012 Houston Arts Alliance for Established Individual Artists Grant Recipient. Mills won a Gold REMI Award for her soundtrack written for the documentary film Collector’s Waltz.
asYETuntitled :: Fifth CD funded in part by the 2012 Houston Arts Alliance Grant for Established Individual Artist in MUSIC. Album of Mills’ all original songs released both Houston and New York Spring 2013. Short-listed 56th Grammy nomination consideration in “Best Pop with Vocals Album.”
Soundtrack for Collector’s Waltz :: Nine original songs composed, produced and recorded by Mills for the Gold REMI Award-winning documentary. Features performances by Duke Ellington Orchestra alums: Tommy “TJ” James, pianist and conductor, with Shelley Carrol, saxophone, along with a who’s-who of Houston-based classical and jazz musicians.
Patch of Green (single) :: June 2012 Concerts for New York City Greens Songwriting Contest semi-finalist. Song performed in NYC at the Tudor City Concert for City Green Summer Series and the Metropolitan Room.
bossanovafied :: Third album received international acclaim and airplay. Debuted at #46 on Jazz Week World Music Album Chart, February 2010. The sultry, hot, bossa nova collection of Mills’ original songs were recorded in Rio de Janeiro. Short-listed 54th Grammy nomination consideration “Best Jazz with Vocals Album."