Kristy Hanson

Kristy Hanson

 Encino, California, USA
SoloPopSinger/Songwriter

Tyler Hilton is both a musician and an actor. He's known as the character "Chris Keller" on the hit CW show "One Tree Hill", and played the role of "Elvis" in the Academy Award winning film "Walk the Line". He has toured with Boyce Avenue, Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat and Gloriana.

Biography

Kristy Hanson became known in 2012 year as the voice of West Hollywood after winning the city's Summer of Music contest with her theme song for the city, "Welcome Me Home (West Hollywood)." A performance at the Roxy and write-ups from LAist, NBC Los Angeles, and the LA Business Journal have earned her considerable buzz, which she followed up with a prestigious showcase for the Association of Independent Music Publishers in October.

In 2013, Kristy hit the ground running,winning one of just three performance spots given by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest at this year's NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Conference. She's also lent her voice and her songwriting talents to three upcoming independent films, composed a theme for an animated web series with partner Mike Chiaburu, and LA music critic Bob Leggett named her one of his "20 to watch in 2013."

Kristy has played the NACA West, MidAmerica, and MidAtlantic regional conferences, and was a showcase alternate at the 2012 NACA National Convention. She's played colleges all over the country, from Pennsylvania to Michigan to Colorado.

Recently, Kristy wrapped up work on an EP featuring her new indie pop, loop-based sound, "Piece of Your Heart." Just released in November, it's already receiving college radio play across the country, and will be debuted live in Los Angeles in early 2014. 

Lyrics

Second Fiddle

Written By: Kristy Hanson

It's hard playing second fiddle
But at least you're in the band
You laugh at all their jokes
But you never understand
What do they have that you don't have, anyway?
What do they have that you don't have?

Well it's hard to lose again
But then at least you played the game
When the odds are in your favor
Still it's bound to be the same

And you say, "I'm running in circles
Cause I'm right where I started
And I can't stay here forever..."

What do they have that you don't have anyway?
What do they have that you don't have?

It's hard to be the third wheel
But they let you tag along
It's hard to say what's right
But now you're pretty sure what's wrong

And you say, "I'm running in circles
Cause I'm right where I started
And I can't stay here forever..."

What do they have that you don't have anyway?
What do they have that you don't have?
What do they have that you don't have anyway?
What do they have that you don't have?

Crazy

Written By: Kristy Hanson

i keep on doing the same thing, expecting it to change
now is it a wonder the endings are the same
i know what they call that, call that crazy...

i keep on doing the same thing, expecting something new
some new thing i'll say that changes what you do
i know why you call me, call me crazy...

if it isn't what you wanted
why don't you just say so?
isn't it enough to walk away?

stand up
for the first time
tell me
who you think you are
back down
for the last time...

i keep on doing the same thing expecting that i'll find
some way to explain that changes your mind
i know explanations pave the road to hell...

i keep on doing the same thing expecting it to change
now is it a wonder the endings are the same
i know what they call that, they call that crazy

if it isn't what you wanted
why don't you just say so?
isn't it enough to walk away?

stand up
for the first time
tell me
who you think you are
back down
for the last time...

bridge (cut 4 measures)
if you want it, you'll get it
you play the game
but when you look at it
it's still the same
i've turned around and upside down and i can't find the way -- out...

i stand up
for the first time
tell you who i think i am
i've backed down
for the last time....

Let Yourself Go

Written By: Kristy Hanson

I've been knocked down
I had my head in the clouds
I lost the sound
But I hear it clearly now

You've been around
You've been the talk of the town
Don't matter now
If you keep on shinin' underground

Oh, oh, oh...
Let yourself go

Angels hanging out
Down at the corner of town
Just beyond your mouth
Are the words you long to hear

Truth is always free
Ain't always what you'd like it to be
Gonna find you out
Eventually...

Oh, oh, oh
Let yourself go
Love is closer than you know
Oh, oh, oh

Don't be afraid
Today is only a day
Tomorrow fades
But love lives forever

Oh, oh, oh
Let yourself go
Love is closer than you know
Oh, oh, oh

Discography

Piece of Your Heart (EP), 2013 - October release
Into the Quiet, 2010
Already Gone, 2007
She's Been Waiting, 2003 (EP)

Selected Honors and Notable Appearances:
John Lennon Songwriting Contest/Educational Tour Bus - NAMM Performance winner 2013
Winner of West Hollywood's 2012 Summer of Music Song Contest, currently featured in "Visit West Hollywood" ad campaign
NACA National Convention Alternate, 2012
NACA Mid America Showcase, 2011
NACA Mid Atlantic Showcase, 2011
Women of Substance Radio Annual Showcase, 2011
NACA West Showcase, 2008
First Act Guitars Emerging Artist, 2008
LA Jeff Buckley Tribute at the Key Club, 2007
LA Women’s Music Festival, 2007
Rockrgrl Conference Showcase, Seattle 2005
Midwest Music Summit Showcase, 2005

Selected Radio Features:
Clear Channel's NEW! program
XM Satellite Radio’s “Radar Report”
Ann Delisi's Essential Music, WDET
Mitch Albom Show (nationally syndicated)
KOOP Austin, TX "What's a Girl To Do?"
KCLA’s “Songs from the Alchemist’s Playground”
USC Radio, live performance and interview
KCSN’s “Tied to the Tracks"
WCBN, Ann Arbor "The Local Music Show"
WRFL Lexington, KY “Estrogen Nation”
WIDR Kalamazoo, MI “Grrlville”

Selected Radio Airplay:
KDHX St. Louis, MO
KHSU Geneva, NY
KOOP Austin, TX
KPAC Stockton, CA
KPFT Houston, TX
KRCC Colorado Springs, CO
KSAU Nacogdoches, TX
KSCR Los Angeles, CA
KSFS San Francisco, CA
KSSU Sacramento, CA
KSYM San Antonio, TX
KTCU Ft. Worth, TX
WAER Syracuse, NY
WCBN Ann Arbor, MI
WERG Erie, PA
WMFO Medford, MA
WMHB Waterville, ME
WMPG Portland, ME
WMSE Milwaukee, WI
WOMM Burlington, VT
WPCR Plymouth, NH
WRHU Nassau-Suffolk, NY
WRKC Scranton, PA
WRPI Albany, NY
WRUW Cleveland, OH
WSIN New Haven, CT
WTMD Baltimore, MD
WTTS Indianapolis, IN
WYCE Grand Rapids, MI

Internet radio:
Women of Substance
Alternate Currents
BUM Radio
KGRL.FM
Kings Level 3
MixDC Radio
Women of the 90s
NetteRadio

Set List

Typically Kristy can play anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours of original music, and for college sets skews more towards covers or a half and half split of covers and originals.

She's happy playing solo acoustic or rocking with a full band, depending on what the occasion requires. Generally when she does play solo, in songwriter venues and for college coffeehouse crowds, she performs with a looper pedal, creating full arrangements of percussion and vocals to set off her songs.