Kirsten Price

Kirsten Price

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAlternativeSoul

"A sassy spin on Soul music". Multi-instrumentalist with "ferocious rock/soul pipes". Named by Billboard magazine as "A star in waiting". High energy, quirky and unforgettable live, her self released debut hit this July 1 2008 to critical acclaim.

Biography

Industry Bible Billboard Magazine tells us that Kirsten Price "should offer triple A radio a new star.." You may have heard some of her work before; even before the release of her debut album “Guts & Garbage, Price’s music had been featured in such heavyweight television shows as The L-Word, CSI and Cashmere Mafia. Her unique vocals have been chosen by Coke, Clinique, Lee Jeans and Campbells for national and international advertising campaigns. She has been touring extensively on her own to promote her album playing 100 shows in 17 states, and served as the hand-picked opener for Wyclef Jean, and, the long-missing-in-action Sly Stone.

But that’s all surface. Listening to her album, and talking to her, brings out all sorts of shades, nuances and quirks. Although the press has compared her sound to such wide ranging artists as Christina Aguilera, Amy Winehouse, Lauren Hill and Joss Stone she is not “the next" anything. She IS wickedly funny and she is very exacting and determined. “I have problems delegating", (she admits). At the end of the day, what you are hearing is a singer who wants to express her creativity and do it, decidedly, in her own way.

The singers teen memories from growing up in London involve her working with a number of a capella groups and choirs, “I always filled in for whoever was missing, the alto, the soprano.. When left to my own devices at home, I’d raid the whiskey cabinet, smoke some cigarettes, cue up some classic records Bach, Prince, Mozart, Motown, and bang away at the piano. It wasn’t the worst day to spend my evenings."

Eventually, music pulled Price out of London and toward New York City, where she arrived, jobless and near penniless, a week before Sept. 11, 2001. “The only good thing about that was getting to feel the sense of togetherness and compassion that was taking place in the city right afterwards", she remembers.

After some commercial work and generating a lot of industry buzz Price began work on several tracks, assisted by producer Frederick Sargolini “I had pretty much finished the bulk of what I wanted my record to be before the labels came calling", says the singer. “And part of any deal anyone was going to be offered was that they had to include the material I had already worked on." Price was able to cut some additional tracks with Raphael Saadiq (of the R&B trio Tony! Toni! Tone!) and Danny Saber (David Bowie, Madonna, Seal).

With mixed feelings about the mechanics of the industry, she ended up releasing her debut album through her own independent label KPI, to critical acclaim. “That’s the biggest hurdle, isn't it? Producing your own material in a way that accurately reflects who you are, or finding people who can help you achieve your vision", she says. “When it came time to finish the album, I wanted to cut off a lot of the fat, and put the music back where it’s supposed to be."

The result, “Guts & Garbage", finds the singer taking center-stage and having her fabulously talented collaborators working for her, not over or against her. "I’d say this record is 100% me and what I wanted to do" she says. The record is both diverse and cohesive, deftly moving between the exaggerated swagger of “Crazy Beautiful" through the trip-hop flavored jams of “5 Days Old" and “Possibilities", with plenty of soulful harmonies (the retro-leaning “Bring Me Back" and contemporary pop sheen (“Let Me Go") to round out the mix.

Oddly, despite the increased interest in female-driven soul music (especially those artists with a UK flavor), Price admits she doesn’t see herself much in her contemporaries, or vice versa. “When I work, it’s like I’m living under a rock, she admits. It’s just me and my own stuff."

Lyrics

Magic Tree

Written By: Price/Sargolini


Bring it back to the middle and ‘round again
Whip it up shake it down slide it back on in all right.
All right.
Knocking on hard wood like you know you should
You be shaking on the kitchen floor
Cooking up your TV dinner Sunday afternoon sinner
Turn it off, switch it on.

Can I get an angel up in here I’m crying save me.
Hanging on the back of the beat hope the soles of my feet hit the ground.
Yeah I want more.

Falling from the magic tree you know you got me on the run from the enemy. I want more, more, more, more, more.
I want more, more, more, more, more.
You know tha my parachute is failing me you know you got me on the run from the enemy. Come on rescue, rescue me.
Come on set me free and rescue me just walk on, walk on.

Got to dail 411 for some information.
Won’t someone tell me what I got to do to ease this fascination.
Climbing up a brick wall ten thousand feet tall just pull me over to the other side. Not another TV dinner Sunday afternoon sinner tell me who’s taking who for a ride.

Can I get a 1, 2 Can I get a whitness? Can I get a 3, 4.
Yeah I want more.

Falling from the magic tree you know you got me on the run from the enemy. I want more, more, more, more, more.
I want more, more, more, more, more.
You know tha my parachute is failing me you know you got me on the run from the enemy. Come on rescue, rescue me.
Come on set me free and rescue me just walk on, walk on.

All right

Written By: Price/Sargolini

Hey yeah, hey yeah, hey yeah, hey yeah, hey yeah yeah.

I got a messed up situation.
I got to use my ‘magination.
I got to hitch down to the station
and ride that train on home.

On the A line straight to Brooklyn
Fill me up with some good home cooking
‘Cause you know that your’ so fine
Say oh the way that your’ looking makes me want to cry.

I never felt your love hurt so good, it’s all right, it’s all right,
I never knew someone that felt so good, it’s all right, it’s all right.
Hey baby you know it’s all good it’s all right.

On the underground to Brixton
Where we been hiding out in your kitchen
I can see that your tap is uh, just uh dripping.
Your little well done ran dry.

In an act of desperation
Go on try to burn my reputation
I just keep on riding by the fire
Riding by your side, keep on, keep up
Oh yeah.

I never felt your love hurt so good it’s all right, it’s all right.
I never knew someone that felt so good it’s all right, it’s all right.
Hey baby you know it’s all good, it’s all right, all right.

I would rather suffer, at your hands,
than play safe with another,
that doesn’t make my heart stop and go
there’s something that you got to know.
I would rather be hung drawn and quartered
than to keep your love away from me.
I’m coming back for you baby.
So keep on, keep up

I never felt your love hurt so good it’s all right, it’s all right.
I never knew someone that felt so good it’s all right,it’s all right.
Hey baby you know it’s all good it’s all right, all right.

Fall

Written By: Kirsten Price

There’s no confessing aiding and abetting
It’s haunting you now.
Crimes you could never confess by the cold light of day.
Throw back the curtain and unload the burden
That’s cutting you down.
Ties that would bind slowly turning to ties that would bleed
Oh yeah they bleed..and
There’s no-one left to fight
Only one way to make it right.

‘Cause if you open your heart, you will find
I’ve been there from the start, I’m always right behind you.
I’ll always catch you if you fall. You fall.

Sometimes it feels just like this life is still taking all your love
But sooner or later you’ve got to recover your faith, your faith.
I know where you’ve been yes I know what you’ve seen we’re all
Far from grace.
I’ll catch you when you fall, be there when you call
Anytime you need oh you can count on me.
You can count on me.

‘Cause if you open your heart, you will find
I’ve been there from the start, I’m always right behind you
I’ll always catch you if you..
If you open your heart., you will find
I’ve been there, I’ve been there, I’ve been there from the start.
And I’ll always catch you if you fall.
You fall from grace.

Crazy Beautiful

Written By: Price/Sargolini

I can’t wait
Head spinning she’s a talking with her body calling out to the people.
I can’t wait
Start running she’s a coming shout the warning out from every steeple.
No it’s too late.
She been wrapping them around her little finger since the day she was born.
No I can’t wait.
Better sound the alarm.

I wanna take you there.
It’s all about the way you move so crazy sexy beautiful
All over me.
I’m gonna take you there.
Now I’m gonna show you what to do so crazy sexy beautiful
Ah yeah (yes she is)
So crazy beautiful (yes she is)
Oh lord the way she moves yeah.
She’s a crazy sexy beautiful bitch
She’s crazy beautiful.

I can’t wait.
Bells ringin she’s a singin she’s a churning burning up with that heat now.
I can’t wait.
Feel her hot blood pumping while her high heels are pumping the beat now.
No it’s too late.
She got more style in her little finger than you ever could fake.
No I can’t wait. Better sound the alarm.
‘Cause I realy want to make her mine.

Let it burn all night. (baby)
Are you ready to fight? (It’s all right)
(Baby) I’ll make it right.

I wanna take you there.
It’s all about the way you move so crazy sexy beautiful
All over me.
I’m gonna take you there.
Now I’m gonna show you what to do so crazy sexy beautiful
Ah yeah (yes she is)
So crazy beautiful (yes she is)
Oh lord the way she moves yeah.
She’s a crazy sexy beautiful bitch
She’s crazy beautiful.

So sexy fly, shake that thing wild, woman divine.
So crazy beautiful she’s undenied.
Spoonfull of love, sent from above.
When the push comes to shove.

You know. She’s crazy beautiful.
I know she’s crazy beautiful.

I wanna take you there.
It’s all about the way you move so crazy sexy beautiful
All over me.
I’m gonna take you there.
Now I’m gonna show you what to do so crazy sexy beautiful
Ah yeah (yes she is)
So crazy beautiful (yes she is)
Oh lord the way she moves yeah.
She’s a crazy sexy beautiful bitch.
I can’t wait.

5 Days Old

Written By: Price/Sargolini

She ran from all of those that loved her.
She didn’t want to ever feel the pain.
Took a trip over the great divide and uncovered.
Going it alone on a 5 day ride.

And all of the days that she watched and she waited for a way to be.

She was stepping out into the night not knowing what would happen to her if something would set her free.
Kept on walking all the buildings getting smaller until the ocean laid her down
She’s home, home again.

Woke up to a purple sunrise.
Just the sand and the sea and the stars and the sky.
If you moved would your soul wash away if your decided to start all over again.
What do you know, what do you think you know when your’ only 5 days old.
She was stepping out into the night not knowing what would happen to her it something would set her free.
Kept on walking all the buildings getting smaller until the ocean laid her down.
She’s home, home again.

Just got to get back home.
Say what do you know what do you think you know.
Just got to get back home

She was stepping out in to the day so far away from home not knowing if something would set her free.
Searching on the outside, thought she left it behind, but it’s all right there inside.
She’s home, home again.

Freeom

Written By: Kirsten Price

It’s a ride, it’s a trip.
It ain’t right, if it don’t hurt just a bit.
It’s a shot, in the dark.
Just might mean, that we don’t hit that mark.
It’s a lesson, that we all got to learn.
It’s a fire, babe it’s just got to burn.
We can’t stop, where the river flows.
Where it ends, say we all got to go.

When the night falls and the day comes back around now don’t
Let it get away oh no ‘cause it’s your time now
What you gonna make of your Freedom?
When your’ all caught up close your eyes and you will find
Nothing in your way oh no ‘cause it’s your time now
What you gonna make of your freedom?

It’s a lie, oh it’s a trick.
Just ‘cause they slappin’ on a label mamma don’t make it stick
What I am is what you got
What we do is keep on pushin’ don’t stop.
What we’re here for is what we stay for
What we pray for cause it’s never enough.

When the night falls and the day comes back around now don’t
Let it get away oh no ‘cause it’s your time now
Tell me what you gonna make of your freedom?
When you’re all caught up close your eyes and you will find
Nothing in your way oh oh ‘cause it’s your time now
What you gonna make of your freedom?

Discography

"Magic Tree" Single released 2007 on Sony/BMG
"Guts & Garbage" Album out July 1st 2008 on KPI

RADIO SPINS 2008:

WHUD 1007 FM
WERS 88.9 FM
WJPZ 89.1
WMFO 91.5
WRYR 97.5
SIRIUS
KABC 790 AM
WEEM Pendelton, IN
WRFR Rockland, ME
KXUL MONROE, La
KSUA Fairbanks, AK
WSIA Staten Island, NY
KAUR Souix Falls, SD
WIDB Carbondale. IL
KMSC-2 Souix City, ia
ACRN Athens, OH
KAMP Tuscon, AZ
WIRE Norman, OK
CHYZ Ste Foy, PQ

Set List

Set time usually runs approx 45 mins but can be shortened or lenthened.