Jan Krist Bio
Detroit born Jan Krist is a well established veteran of the acoustic music scene. Jan's musical gifts have been recognized by Billboard Magazine, Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Dirty Linen, Image Journal, and others.
“a writer whose gift as a songwriter equals - if not surpasses her vocal gifts. She has an uncanny way of cutting to the heart of a topic and providing the listener with food for thought.”
— Image Journal
“Hands down one of the best women songwriters, singers, performers in Michigan.”
— David Tamulevich, the Roots Agency
“...with breathtaking vocal leaps....(she) makes soul searching more enjoyable than it has a right to be.”
— Entertainment Weekly
“evocative...somewhere between Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush, but it's all Jan Krist. Unreservedly recommended.”
— Billboard Magazine
“Her talent as a songwriter equals - if not surpasses her vocal gifts. She has an uncanny way of cutting to the heart of a topic and providing the listener with food for thought.”
— Billboard Magazine
With 15 nominations and 4 Detroit Metro Music Awards under her belt, Krist has proven herself to be a Detroit area favorite. She can also claim the honor of being a finalist at the Kerrville song writing competition, in Kerrville TX, an annual event which helped to launch the careers of Lyle Lovett and Nancy Griffith. Krist takes her ordinary, plain Jane demeanor and all the elements we've learned to take for granted (6 strings and common time) and lets us know, this is not your ordinary woman with a guitar, even if it is.
“When Planets Collide” Krist's newest release is a collision of musical styles and observations both humorous and heartbreaking. It is the first of what we hope will be many on her self owned label, Outpost Records. It was recorded in Royal Oak, Michigan, at her home studio and produced by she and her husband, Alan Finkbeiner. The CD was engineered by Jim Kissling, Alan Finkbeiner and Jan Krist. “Planets” is a superbly crafted recording with performances by some of Detroit's best musicians and the writing of one of Detroit's most critically acclaimed writers, Jan Krist." Image Journal
Jan is currently working on a new solo acoustic CD recorded live at Trinity House Theatre in Livonia, MI . Watch for this CD to be released soon. Hot on it's tail will be a new studio CD.
Jan is also performing with her writers group, “the Yellow Room Gang” A group of 8 nationally acclaimed songwriters who all hail from southeast Michigan.
The Yellow Room Gang's CD can be purchased here on CD Baby.
Jan is now a resident of Indiana where her husband, Alan Finkbeiner works as a sales tech for Sweetwater Sound.