While it may sometimes appear that the United States has lost the art of producing poised, elegant young performers, there are still some. The kindness and classic elegance of Kristyn Murphy goes through to the bone, yet her fiery ambition drives her forward with spunk and sparkle. Inspired to sing by Feature Films for Family’s movie Rigoletto, Kristyn captured the full attention of her first audience as an extraordinarily voiced eight year old.
Raised in the beautiful coastal state of Maine, Kristyn began her professional vocal studies at the young age of twelve. Spending her afterschool hours with her middle school and high school drama clubs, Maine’s newfound musical gem stepped several times into the leading roles of the stage, which happened to include an anti social hillbilly, a crazy old pirate who talked to a fake parrot, and the timeless beauty of Fiona from the beloved Brigadoon. Stages across the state were also graced with Kristyn’s lovely figure as she danced several lead roles with the Bangor Ballet, including the Wolf in Peter and the Wolf, the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, and Odette in Swan Lake.
As the word of her entertaining personality and soaring voice spread, others wanted a bit of Kristyn Murphy. A unique summer festival, The Central Maine Egg Festival, proudly claimed Kristyn as their pageant princess and talent winner; an international Karate Championship had this rising star perform at their well-attended event; A statewide talent search had Kristyn on their marquee; and thousands attending a rally for President George W. Bush heard Kristyn sing with the John Bapst Choir.
Kristyn recorded her first CD, Sweet Freedom, at the age of 13, with a quartet known as the Center Drive Singers. The CD, which was recorded after the tragic 9/11 events was dedicated to the heroes of America and sold as a fundraiser for the Center Drive Middle School. In 2005 Kristyn recorded her first solo CD, To The Glory of God, as a memento for family and friends. In 2008, Kristyn rallied together some high school friends and recorded a three song patriotic album titled Soul of a Nation. The CD, which Kristyn recorded while her older sister was in Iraq, was given to the soldiers fighting overseas as a very special thank you gift.
“Kristyn Murphy adds a breath of fresh air to revitalize favorites such as 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'Secret Love', and manages to make them her own whilst retaining their timeless quality,” said UK resident Colin Gordon-Farleigh of SHEER JOY MUSIC about Kristyn’s most recent CD titled Barefoot Soprano, an album that features a mixture of standards and newer compositions.
Dubbed the Barefoot Soprano by an online following, Kristyn “puts her heart and soul into her music, and is constantly growing as a musician.” An individual who loves producing as much as she loves performing, Kristyn has studied at the renowned Hartt School of Music in Hartford CT, the Crane School of Music and NY, and is currently finishing up her university studies in Business and the Music Industry.