Kristine W

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Kristine W
Kristine W.jpg
Weitz, circa 2009[1]
Background information
Birth name Kristine Weitz
Born (1962-06-08) June 8, 1962 (age 52)
Pasco, Washington, United States
Genres Dance-pop, house music, electronica, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer, owner of Fly Again Music Label
Years active 1990–present (singer)
Labels RCA/BMG, Tommy Boy Entertainment, Fly Again Music Label
Website Official Website

Kristine Weitz (born June 8, 1962)[2] known by the stage name of Kristine W, is an American singer-songwriter. She has released seven albums. In 2004, The Advocate stated that she had helped shape the nightlife of the past decade.[3] Her first 8 singles all reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play charts[4] which set a new record.[5] As of 2009, 14 of 15 singles had reached the top of the Billboard dance charts.[1]

Weitz was born and raised in Pasco, Washington. Her mother was a performer.[6] Weitz won the Miss Washington (1980–1981) title[7] and won swimsuit and talent in the Miss America Pageant.[8] She then moved to Las Vegas and enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, graduated with a BA in Communications–TV Production, she minored in music and marketing.

While living in Las Vegas, she headlined a revue.[9] During a revue that featured Weitz with a number of drag queens, she was spotted by an A & R agent who flew her to London for a recording session that resulted in the single "Feel What You Want".[10]

After the release of her first single, which became very popular in overseas dance clubs, there was a bidding war by the major labels to sign Weitz.[6] Weitz wrote and produced her albums Land of the Living (1996) and Stronger (2000).[3] The Advocate called Land of the Living "impressive" and stated that she has an "intensity" that plays like she is a "woman imitating a man impersonating a woman"[9] while Spin called it "one of the most artful song-oriented dance albums in years."[11] In its review of Stronger Out said that her second album lacked the "personality" of Land of the Living (which it cited as one of the top 10 dance albums of the decade) and was "burdened with house beats."[12]

After releasing a number of hit dance songs in the 1990s, Weitz was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001.[3] After her last treatment for the disease, the doctor would not clear her to fly, so she drove cross country to perform in the 2004 New York City Gay Pride events.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
US US Dance
[13]
UK
[14]
1994 "Feel What You Want" 1[15] 33 Land of the Living
1996 "One More Try" 78 1[16] 41
"Land of the Living" 1[17][18] 56
2000 "Stronger" 1 Stronger
2001 "Lovin' You" 1
2003 "Fly Again" 1 Fly Again
2004 "Save My Soul" 1
2005 "The Wonder of It All" 1
2006 "I'll Be Your Light" 2
2008 "The Boss" 1 The Power of Music
"Never" 1
2009 "Love Is the Look" 1
"Be Alright" 1
"The Power of Music" 1
2011 "Fade" 1
2012 "Everything That I Got" 4 New & Number Ones
2013 "So Close To Me" 2 New & Number Ones
2014 "Love Come Home (2014 Remake)" 4 New & Number Ones

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
US Dance
[19]
UK
[20]
1994 "Love Come Home" (1994 Version)[21]
(Our Tribe featuring Frankië Pharaoh and Kristine W)
33 Non-album single
2003 "Some Lovin'"
(Murk vs. Kristine W)
1 Murk
2007 "Walk Away"
(Tony Moran featuring Kristine W)
1 The Event / The Power of Music

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Keith Caulfield (2009-09-05). Billboard - Dancing Queen. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 45–. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn's top pop singles 1955-2006, pg. 475
  3. ^ a b c d Dave White (2004-03-30). The Advocate - "Stronger than Ever". Here Publishing. pp. 63–. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Michael Paoletta (2004-05-01). Billboard - Where have all the Divas gone?. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 32–. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Billboard Staff (2004-04-17). Billboard - Kristine W Goes 8 for 8. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 65–. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Larry Flick (1994-07-23). Billboard - "Feeling Good About What She Wants". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 28–. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Image of Kristine Weitz, misstricities.org. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  8. ^ "MWSO Former Miss Washingtons". Misswashington.org. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  9. ^ a b Barry Walters (1996-10-15). The Advocate - "A New Miss Thing". Here Publishing. pp. 47–. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Larry Flick (1994-12 - 1995-01). Vibe - "Kristine W The Disco Queen Rules". Vibe Media Group. pp. 50–. Retrieved 7 June 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ Barry Walters (1996-08). SPIN - "Review Kristine W Land of the Living". SPIN Media LLC. pp. 100–. Retrieved 7 June 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ Smith Galtney (2000-08). Out - "Preview - Kristine W Stronger". Here Publishing. pp. 72–. Retrieved 7 June 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ "Kristine W". Billboard. 
  14. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/kristine%20w/
  15. ^ 1"Billboard". Hot Dance Club Songs, July 23, 1994. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Dance Club Songs, May 25, 1996". http://www.billboard.com/. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Dance Club Songs, November 16, 1996". http://www.billboard.com/. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Dance Club Songs, November 23, 1996". http://www.billboard.com/. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Kristine W". Billboard. 
  20. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/kristine%20w/
  21. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Our-Tribe-with-Frank%C3%AB-Pharoah-Love-Come-Home/master/95693

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