Music, Performing Arts, Traditional Arts
Kristin Rebecca is a captivating performer who combines her powerful, angelic voice, unique guitar rhythms and rare harp ability into a show unlike any other. No two of her songs sound alike and no topic is off limits. The inspiration for her lyrics comes from her life and the lives of those around her. Kristin doesn’t use the harp as a gimmick; she showcases the versatility of the instrument.
Kristin’s musical career began in her early teens. After watching her church’s youth band, she was drawn to performance and started taking guitar lessons. Shortly after starting her lessons she joined the very band that inspired her to go into music.
Kristin’s musical interests continued to grow and within a few years she started playing the lever harp and studying voice. Throughout her middle school, high school and college life she was a member of different bands as either a guitarist or vocalist. Kristin also garnered many awards for her harp playing. Knowing that she wanted to perform for a living, Kristin became a music major in college and in May of 2011 graduated, with honors, with a degree in Vocal Performance.
Combining voice, harp, guitar, and songwriting, Kristin has developed her original performance style and sound. Kristin successfully launched her solo career as a Modern Folk artist while she was in college. She combines the timeless nature of the folk genre with the modern feel of today’s music. Kristin is a member of BMI and is an actively touring musician. She has written, composed and/or arranged all of the songs she performs. Over the years she has also had the pleasure of opening for national and regional touring artists.
In 2011 Kristin released her first album, “Fringe,” an EP that featured six of her original songs. This album gave a taste of Kristin's modern folk sound. After taking a trip to Ireland in 2013, Kristin was inspired by the folklore of the country and went back to her Celtic harp roots on her second album “Where Fairies Dwell.” While recording a mostly traditional Celtic harp CD, Kristin kept her signature sound and included several original pieces, including the title track. "Where Fairies Dwell" was nominated for a 2015 Wammie in the Best Traditional Folk Recording category. Kristin is currently recording her first full-length album of original modern folk songs. Each song tells the story of an important and personal event in Kristin's life or in the lives of those around her.
Throughout her time as a professional musician Kristin has had the pleasure of working as a session musician on other artist’s projects. This work includes albums, singles and music for an independent movie. Kristin is also a member of the Celtic band Painted Trillium, a Maryland-based three member Celtic band. The band performs pieces ranging from fast paced reels to slow ballads. They were part of a feature on CNN. In 2010 Painted Trillium recorded with the metal band, Sound of Thunder, on their album “Metal Renaissance.” You can hear them on the album’s opening track “Wee Beastie.” Painted Trillium in currently working on their debut album.
Kristin Rebecca is also available to perform Celtic and other traditional folk tunes on harp for events. She has performed ambience music for organizations and events such as: The US Institute of Peace, The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, The Daughters of the American Revolution, Weddings, Teas and Artist’s open houses. Some samples of this music can be heard on the Music/Albums page under Where Fairies Dwell and Live Recordings. Kristin gives lessons on the lever harp and guitar. She has given lectures about the history of the harp and she can give workshops on harp and songwriting. If you are interested in a lessons or having Kristin give a lecture or teach a workshop please send her an email.
Where Fairies Dwell, nominated for 2015 Wammie Award for Best Traditional Folk Recording
Washington Area Folk Harp Society, 2011 Scholarship.
Washington Area Folk Harp Society, 2008 Scholarship.
Harpist of the Day, presented by Clan Currie, 2005 Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival.
First place in her age category at both the 2004 and the 2005 Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival.
Received awards in Spring 2006 at the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival, MTAB Musicale, and Trinity College Examination.