Spotlight: Nashville Singer, Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist, Kristen Ford

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Kristen Ford is a singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Nashville, TN. Her live looping show layers beatboxing, harmonies, guitar, and drums and has wowed audiences from Boston to Berlin, rawkus Pride Festivals to pin-drop listening rooms.

Check out our interview with the eclectic artist:

Bridge: Thanks for chatting with us! Go ahead and tell our readers about how you got started…

KF: In the mid tens I moved into a van to tour around the country full time, visited every major city in America and fell in love with Nashville. I am coming up on 6 years here and nearly 10 doing music full time. It’s a blessing and the industry is always changing!

Bridge: Are there any rituals you have developed over the years that are helpful to your music-making process?

KF: I think giving yourself time to be creative, time to be quiet in a room with a guitar or a notebook somewhere pretty, time to jam without expectations. Those moments are when the best songs can arise.

Bridge: What are you doing to push a positive narrative as an artist and with your music?

KF: I think one of my gifts is taking intense emotion, even pain, and transferring that into songs. Keep being honest and it can help everyone through this moment or that.

Bridge: Could you talk about a DOWN you had in your career?

KF: I think burnout and getting tired has been tough. The pandemic in a way was helpful for me to take a break and think about building a more sustainable and balanced schedule.

Bridge: How do you think your experience has helped you shape your career and approach your music?

KF: I love feeling like I’m exactly where I want to be. Right place, right time. I hope if I approach writing, recording, releasing music from this inspired place, it’s all gravy.

Bridge: Could you talk about an UP you had in your career?

KF: There are so many ups. From the places I have been able to travel to the people I have met, the joy of creating something beautiful, music is the best.

Bridge: How did you grow your community of fans?

KF: One day at a time! Some in-person, some on the internet, it’s amazing to me all the ways we are connected.

Bridge: Talk to us about your upcoming music? What is the drive for releasing it?

KF: I just dropped my new album “War in the Living Room” . I got to work with producers June Millington (Fanny) and Brett Bullion (Now, now, Lizzo) to turn some crazy big emotions into an album.

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