Kristine Mills - June 2012
An acclaimed and award-winning singer-songwriter in her native Houston, Kristine Mills continues to stride onto an ever-widening international stage as her shows and recordings bring her to the attention of audiences in New York, Chicago, Miami, Rio de Janeiro and beyond.
Winner of the Houston Press Music Awards two years running -- “Best Female Vocalist” in 2009, and “Best Songwriter” in 2010 – Kristine is a newly minted 2012 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Arts Grant recipient. The prestigious grant will support the creation of her fourth CD recording, “As Yet Untitled,” featuring all-original songs, performed in studio by Kristine with some of Texas and New York’s A-list jazz and world musicians.
Kristine’s new song, “Patch of Green,” is one of eight semifinalist songs going head to head this summer in the Concerts for City Greens Songwriting Contest in New York. Kristine will perform the song in its first public performance on June 20, as a featured guest of the free outdoor summer concert series. The contest’s jury includes Neil Sedaka, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway, the Tony-nominated composer Michael John LaChiusa, Today Show regular David Friedman, and the two-time Emmy-winning MTV Networks executive Matthew Parillo.
Kristine performs frequently with Tommy “TJ” James, the arranger, conductor and pianist of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Kristine returns with James to the prestigious New York concert venue The Metropolitan Room on June 27, the scene of Kristine’s New York debut in February. Supported by a high-flying coterie of New York-based musicians Kristine plans on performing an all-original set of new songs including song from her upcoming cd, the Gold REMI award-winning soundtrack from “Collector’s Waltz” and featuring Concerts for City Greens Songwriting Contest semi-finalist “Patch of Green.”
Kristine’s third and most recent album, “bossanovafied,” has received international acclaim and airplay across a spectrum of music formats since it debuted at #46 on Jazz Week’s World Music Album Chart in February 2010. The sultry hot bossa nova collection of all original music, was recorded in Rio de Janeiro and was short-listed for a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Album with Vocals category. Cuts from the CD made it onto the in-flight playlists of several international and domestic carriers.
On May 22, Kristine releases her live recording of “Silhouette” (performed live in March on the KUFH/KUHA radio program “The Front Row”) on iTunes. Proceeds from the download of this single will benefit the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation, a Houston-based charity that provides uninsured breast cancer patients with reconstructive surgery performed by celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Franklin Rose. This recording features Duke Ellington Orchestra’s, Tommy “TJ” James on piano and saxophonist, Shelley Carol, as well as, the stellar Houston-based rhythm section of David Craig on bass, and Vernon Daniels on drums.
In 2011 Kristine performed for the 2011 American Breast Cancer Society’s Palm Beach Gala, hosted by Donald Trump. In Miami in 2010 she was featured in three showcases of the Miami Music Festival. In August 2009 she headlined the Brazilian International Jazz Festival with her Rio-based, “bossanovafied” band in sold-out shows in Recife, Rio, and Belo Horizonte.
In addition to the Metropolitan Room in New York, Kristine has played the famed Snug Harbor in New Orleans and Bourbon Street in Sao Paulo. She is a regular at Cezanne’s and The House of Blues in Houston, and she was the longest-running artist-in-residence at the Hotel ZaZa Houston.
Nine original songs by Kristine comprise the soundtrack of Michel Muelle’s documentary “Collector’s Waltz,” which won a Gold REMI Award at the Houston WorldFest Film Festival. Kristine wrote and produced the songs, which were performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra pianist and conductor Tommy “TJ” James, and a who’s who of Houston-based classical and jazz musicians. The film and companion soundtrack are slated for a Fall 2012 release. Stay tuned!
“Kristine Mills’ pure jazz has become part of the soundtrack of Houston!” HOUSTON MAGAZINE
“She makes every song have the effect of an aphrodisiac on the senses!” JAZZ INSIDE MAGAZINE
“Songbird Kristine Mills has the whole package! Astonishing singing and songwriting talents!” BRILLIANT MAGAZINE