Kristen Bussandri
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Kristen Bussandri

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | SELF

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | SELF
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter


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Kristen Bussandri @ Grumpy's bar

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Kristen Bussandri @ Terrasse St. Ambroise

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Kristen Bussandri @ Le Petit Campus

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal, Quebec, Canada



Kristen Bussandri's debut EP "Diamonds to Dust" features the kind of gentle acoustic country and sassy soul that should delight fans of golden-era Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstadt - and it might even tickle the fance of those who swear by post-Memphis Dusty Springfield" (August 23, 2011) - Montreal Gazette

It is very rare these days that I discover a new recording artist that I really like. I’m handed dozens of demo CDs, but must admit the listening experience is usually deeply depressing. Then, suddenly, magic happens!

I knew Kristen Bussandri as the music student of a friend before I had heard her music. When she e-mailed me about her new collection of five songs, called Diamonds to Dust, I listened and was floored by the high quality of her compositions and music. It was a complete and total surprise that came out of the blue. Yes, Virginia, great work survives!

Kristen, who now lives in Montreal, has worked hard over the years on her music and it shows. She studied with Ann Ruckert in New York, before returning home to begin a well thought out career.

On her style "everything I do and love is in the scope of Americana music — soul, blues and country,” Kristen told me.

The first thing about Kristen that jumps out is her beautiful voice. She really has the vocal chops. She is also an excellent songwriter. The country flavor of her songs lend themselves well to her tales of break-ups and heartbreak, along with the journey to finding her way into young adulthood. Her themes are universal in appeal.

- Beacham Journal

Kristen Bussandri has, pointedly, titled one of her songs, If You Don’t Love Me, You’re Wrong. And her growing fan base seems to be making the case that no one likes to be wrong. The Montreal-based singer-songwriter released her debut EP this year, and the disc got a welcome boost when the Stingray-owned music service, Galaxie, played some of its tracks for the millions of homes plugged into its channels via cable, satellite or streaming outlets. CBC Radio has also shown interest. Bussandri’s songs do, indeed, sound radio-ready, notably the stripped-down Pebble, and the EP’s title track, Diamonds to Dust, both of which remind us that country music is timeless and need not be ruined by machines and song doctors. A healthy dose of soft rock and Southern soul should make her work appealing to crossover audiences of all ages. Bussandri said she expects to have a full-length album recorded and ready by May, with a coast-to-coast tour following its release. “I want to continue on this journey of exploring the human heart,” she said. — Bernard Perusse - The National Post

In a city renowned for it’s music scene, Kristen Bussandri’s musical style stands out. It won't be long before she's setting places a lot bigger than Petit Campus on fire. - Dave Kaufman, Team 990 Radio - Team 990 Radio, Montreal

Owl's Head Music Festival: The Sadies, Kristen Bussandri, Jah Cutta, etc.

The Owl’s Head ski hill in the Eastern Townships, site of the inaugural, free-to-get-in Owl’s Head Festival this coming weekend, has a certain wistful significance for event producer Paget Williams, a co-founder of Greenland and a longstanding figure in concert production in Montreal and Quebec.

What’s lacking in sheer volume and distortion is made up for in quality and variety—Toronto roots rockers The Sadies, erstwhile Bullfrogger Roberton, savvy piano-popper Mike Evin, NYC-based singer Kristen Bussandri (a former Montrealer – and former Brill Building intern!) and Portland, Maine’s reggae-rockers East Wave Radio , who’ve previously backed Montreal reggae icon Jah Cutta (also on the Owl’s Head Bill) across Canada.
-Rupert Bottenberg - Montreal Mirror, August 2010

“Montreal native Kristen Bussandri is not afraid to write songs raw with emotion and brimming with honestly. Her incredibly controlled blues-inspired vocals capture the tone of each and every experience she takes you through.

- Desiree Ossandon - Indie North, January 2010

Fans of bands such as Blue Rodeo, Ladies of the Canyon and country rock should check out Kristen Bussandri.

The first thing you will notice about the artist is that she is very attractive. Once the initial impression was made, you quickly see that the performer can sing. This was clearly evident with the first notes of set opener "If You Don’t Love Me". While her press material rightfully compares her to Bonnie Raitt and Alison Krauss, I also heard some echoes of Canadian singer Alannah Myles in her voice. The rest of the set displayed her singing and songwriting skills: Her performance of song "How Could You?" brought the soft moment of the evening but the one-two punch of songs "Midnight Red" and "Never Love Anyone" brought the fun (and her strut) to a very receptive crowd.

May 8th 2011 - Ronnie Pangia,

Last to perform was the fresh faced Kristen Bussandri. Barely in her 20’s, Kristen began with a song titled ‘If You Don’t Love Me, You’re Wrong’. Despite having a terrible cough that day her voice incorporated power, control and seduction. Whether it was her natural tone or the work of her illness she embodied a style which could have been easily adopted from a raspy Janis Joplin. Filled with the certain angst only young women can understand, Kristen’s music is both extremely personal but universally relatable telling tales of young love, heartbreak and self-discovery. Her style combines the works of rock, blues and even an undertone of country that hooks the listener leaving them craving for more and there was no doubt that the audience that night left hungry.

Written by Samantha Kaufman, March 2011 - SongCircle Music

NYC-by-way-of-Montreal chanteuse Kristen Bussandri will be playing at the Bitter End’s night with the NY Songwriter’s Circle. The gig will be this Monday, September 21st, at 9:30 PM.

Bussandri was an intern this past year at KMA Studios in Times Square. While there, she organized the KMA All Stars to record the songs of the late Michael Kissel, founder of KMA. Her performance of “Down So Long”, penned by Kissel and Rob Fraboni, was mixed by the legendary NYC producer Phil Ramone.

SonicScoop will be there — come and say “Hi” at the show! - SonicScoop

“I have been so excited to work with Kristen, these last few years have been a joy. The last time I got this excited is when Nancy Jeffries sent me Suzanne Vega.”
- Ann Ruckert (NARAS Trustee/Governor for over 30 years, 2 X GRAMMY winner)

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Kristen’s music and writing go perfectly together - there is an artistic sensibility that brings to life the slumbering passions of the listener...The heart has its reasons that reason does not know. - personal quote

Kristen Bussandri is an arresting female vocalist - her instrument is the sound of inspiration. - personal quote

“Wow! is what we said when we discovered Kristen,
a beautiful hazy voice elegant and expressive”
- IncredibleMP3

“Kristen sounds good, looks good and by God she does you good!”
– Jeff Daniels (Dionne Warwick, Freddy Mercury, composer for smash musical "TIME" starring Sir Laurence Olivier)
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Upcoming debut full-length album of original songs to be released in 2013, produced by GRAMMY/JUNO winner John Whynot (Dave Matthews, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Cockburn, Steven Fearing, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings).

Track listing:
1. When We Were Young
2. Can't Let Go (R. Weeks)
3. Midnight Red
4. Hard to Fall
5. Wiser to Run
6. Wash Away With Me
7. Here & Now
8. Troubled Times
9. Not Welcome Anymore
10. I Am The Best Of You

"Diamonds to Dust" released August 1st 2011. Engineered by Juno-winner Paul Johnston.

Track listing:
1. Pebble
2. If You Don't Love Me, You're Wrong
3. How Could You?
4. Diamonds to Dust
5. Weather Vane

Radio airplay:
Galaxie Radio (10 million Canadian homes) 'Canadian Indie' and 'Adult Alternative Channels'. CBC Radio. 10 AAA Radio stations in the US have supported "Diamonds to Dust".



Luc de Bouvries
S.L. Feldman's & Associated

Diane McCombe

One of "Five Canadian Musicians Poised to Break Out in 2012" - The National Post

"Canadian musicians to watch in 2012" - The Vancouver Sun

Highlights 2012: Kristen performed at the Mondial Loto-Québec festival (Aerosmith, LMFAO, Sarah McLachlan), Montreal Fringe Festival and at Bourgie Concert Hall (Gregory Charles).

Upcoming debut album produced by GRAMMY/JUNO winner John Whynot (Dave Matthews, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Cockburn, Steven Fearing, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings)

Winner of McAuslan Brewery's bursary program recognizing excellent Canadian talent.

Kristen Bussandri is the best female Rock/Americana artist from Canada that you haven't heard of - yet. Hailed in the National Post and chosen as The Montreal Gazette’s "Artist to Watch in 2012", Kristen has been bubbling under the radar since she independently released her debut EP "Diamonds to Dust" last year, catching the ear of music fans and critics alike with its mix of 70’s tinged rock, gentle country, and folk. Of the five songs on the EP, two have spun extensively in over 10 million Canadian homes through Galaxie Radio's "Adult Alternative" and "Canadian Indie" channels.

This September, Kristen teamed-up with multiple GRAMMY and JUNO-winning producer John Whynot (whose credits include Dave Matthews, Blue Rodeo, Lucinda Williams and the Austin Powers soundtracks) to produce her debut full-length album. The album will feature 9 original songs and includes the talents of Canada’s best roots rhythm section – drummer Gary Craig and bassist John Dymond - who have recorded for k.d. lang, Anne Murray, Kathleen Edwards, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, members of legendary rock band The Band, and more.

Kristen stands apart from others in her genre by delivering the literate lyrics and honesty one expects from great songwriting, while taking the microphone as a strutting, confident front-woman of her 5-piece band, abandoning the tired "girl with the guitar" format and any trace of indie-artist pretentiousness.

Now packing audiences as a headliner in Montreal at venues including La Sala Rossa, Kristen has opened for or performed on the same stages as some of Canada's finest artists including: The Sadies, Meaghan Smith, Oh My Darling, and Gregory Charles.

After three years living in NYC where she interned in the legendary Brill Building, Kristen has proven herself to a rising star in Montreal's burgeoning roots music scene. The Montreal Gazette sums up the current momentum in Kristen's career this way: “Kristen Bussandri has, pointedly, titled one of her songs, If You Don’t Love Me, You’re Wrong. And her growing fan base seems to be making the case that no one likes to be wrong.”