Krista Herring

Krista Herring

 Portland, Oregon, USA
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Portland's Best Female Artist 2011 delivers a powerful performance of soulful folk rock with a great pop sensibility and an incredible voice that captivates listeners. Unforgettable performances that appeal to a wide array of audiences. The kind of music you want to hear in a true listening venue.

Biography

Best Female Artist 2011 at the Portland Music Awards. Portland based singer/songwriter and winner of the 2009 Effigy Award for Best Folk Song of the Year for her song Free, Krista Herring is gaining momentum with her debut album and making waves in the indie music world. Her songs are soulful, elegant prose set to the beat of her acoustic guitar and delivered by powerful, captivating vocals. Solo, or with band members, her performance is unforgettable.

She has performed in reputable venues including Mississippi Studios, Lola's Room, The Bite of Oregon, The Edgefield, and many more. Krista has shared the stage with such acts such as Kelly Joe Phelps, Tyrone Wells, Keegan Smith, Ashleigh Flynn, and Kalai.

Buzz:

"Krista's songwriting, melodies and vocals will tug at your heart strings and have you thinking 'Where have you been all my life Krista!' One word to describe her music- 'Stunning!'"- ABC's Fame Games

" Krista Herring appears to be one of those independent artists that has come into her own. This fact alone makes it impossible to place Krista Herring into a tightly defined category or niche. It is possible the Krista Herring exists in a category all of her own."- PDX Reviews

"...an evocative grace, affecting presence, and raw acoustic sound reminiscent of the late Eva Cassidy, vocals to match both the pitch and dulcet resonance of Jewel, and a captivating elegance, and magnetism all her own..."- Northwest Noise

Booking: simon@laststopbooking.com

Lyrics

Free

Written By: Krista Herring

In my life
there’ve been times
when I couldn’t breathe
truths I just couldn’t see
and the light fell from my eyes But in time
I grew tired
of all these games
couldn’t take
any more pain
so one day I made up my mind

I am free
No one is holding me down

Angel child
if you’re feeling all alone
go inside to find your home
cause no one can bring you your joy
Maybe try not to think
about what is missing.
Just become that which you seek And life will become beautiful

We are free
No one is holding us down
We can run if we please
If we fall to our knees,
We’ll find a way off the ground Everyone falls sometimes Everyone sees the night

The pain was designed
To direct us inside
And happiness is something
You have to decide
Gotta know your own mind
Not til then will you find
That you were the one
In control all the time

You were free
No one was holding you down
You can fly if you please
If you fall to your knees
You'll find a way off the ground
Everyone falls sometimes
Everyone fails to fly
Don't lose sight

Crucify Me

Written By: Krista Herring

This song is a message to all the oppressors

Who would silence the voice of the heart

Keep us living scared in the dark

You don’t understand and so you slap my hand

And take away the love that you can

But you don’t give a damn how happy I am

You were happier when I was miserable

But fit your model of a nauseating, suffocating, perfect fucking world

But I’m not afraid of you anymore

And I won’t be an emotional whore

Change who I am to get the love I need

No that’s not me and I won’t bleed at your hand anymore

I never gave you permission to judge all my decisions

You nailed me to this cross, now I bear it on my soul

(You wanna) crucify me. Through this darkened glass is all that you can see

With my back against the wall, I won’t take it anymore. I won’t bleed.

What’s ironic about the situation

Is it’s your fear of your own damnation that

Leads you to do to me what you’re afraid they’re gonna do to you

But I refuse to be part of this hell that you choose

It’s safe but it’s sick, and it’s sad and so thick with fear

I never gave you permission to judge all my decisions

You nailed me to this cross, now I bear it on my soul

(You wanna) crucify me. Through this darkened glass is all that you can see

With my back against the wall, I won’t take it anymore. I won’t bleed.

Why do we create such misery and hide our hearts away where no one can see

It doesn’t have to be so lonely any more

How can you judge what you don’t know?

It’s only your fear that’s running the show

And in your inability to see

You crucify me

Lay It Down

Written By: Krista Herring

Come walk with me love
But you're gonna have to lay it down
All these burdens
The fear, the pain
The ways to keep it out
Stand up where you belong, it's time
The wind is at your back
Feel it lift you, let it go
Feel the walls begin to crack

I know you want to lay it down
The weight of the world
Will sink you till you drown
I know you want to lay it down
You just don't know how.

So follow me, Love
When you cannot see the way
All you need, Love, to know
Is you're going home
Come leave behind these sleepy ways
This endless night, and find the day
Somewhere the sun has not turned black
Pack your dreams into this bag
Leave your fears and
Baby, don't look back

I know you want to lay it down
The weight of the world
Will sink you till you drown
Breathe it in and breathe it out
Trust me now...

Your Letter

Written By: Krista Herring

I got your letter today
It came from half a world away
You said, "Baby, you sang to me on the train
All 9 hours through the headphones
As we rode on through the rain

I've been thinking about everything
I've been wondering what I have to bring

And I miss you, baby, more every night
It just feels a little lonely on this train tonight
As I ride across the ancient landscapes
All the ghosts seem to haunt me
And I'm thinking of you"

"So much irony," you said," in such a beautiful place
See, all the eyes are sad, my love
Still searching for some grace
I've been trying to find the love, just a trace
So, I close my eyes, and see your face

And I'm really not sure why
But I think I just might cry

I miss you, baby more every night
And I can't remember why I'm on this train tonight
As we ride on through the rain and wind
I can feel the love you send
Are you thinking of me?"

I put your letter down
I looked up at the stars
Said, baby can your hear this sound?
It's the beating of my heart
And every beat belongs to you

And I miss you, baby, more every night
I'm thinking of you as you ride that train tonight
As you glide across the ancient landscapes
I can hear you whisper to me
"I'm thinking of you."

I got your letter
But now I need you here
So come home soon
I'll be here, waiting for you

Deliver Me

Written By: Krista Herring

He's got tunnel vision
But I want to fly above ground
I cannot tie these wings up
But I just can't see the way out

Deliver Me from this darkness
Lift the veil from my eyes
Deliver me as this fortress
Crumbles now, lift me high

You're the light in my bedroom
But now I've forgotten the sun
I can't see life without you
But does that make you the one

Deliver Me from this darkness
Lift the veil from my eyes
Deliver me as this fortress
Crumbles now, lift me high

Well, I thought that surrender
Was all that I needed to do
So I gave in to love
But Love was a bird and she flew

I can't hear what they're saying
And I can't see where to go
All I know
Is you

Deliver Me from this darkness
Lift the veil from my eyes
Deliver me as this fortress
Crumbles now, lift me high

Discography

Album-Lay It Down (2009)

ABOUT THE ALBUM:
"Lay It Down" is an album created against the odds. Despite severe injury to one of her fingers on her guitar chord hand in the middle of album production, Krista managed to retrain herself to play without the finger in order to finish the album. Drawing from her personal (and very human) experiences, Krista has created an album that speaks to the heart of the listener, and turns human frailty and clumsiness into beautiful art. It is a completely independent, home-grown album set to impress even the most discerning of listeners.

Several songs on the album have received international radio airplay through ABC/Citadel Media's Fame Games in syndication with:
Envision Radio Networks and
Dial Global Radio Networks.