|Born||March 8, 1990|
|Origin||South Pasadena, California, U.S.|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, dancer, actress|
|Labels||Sodapop, Island, Universal, Manhattan Records|
Kristinia Jamie DeBarge (//; born March 8, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. She first appeared on national television in 2003 as a contestant on the American Idol spin-off, American Juniors. In 2009, DeBarge signed a contract with the Island Records department Sodapop, releasing her debut album, Exposed, in July of the same year. The first single, "Goodbye", reached the top 20 in the US and Canada.
Kristinia released her second studio album by May 3, 2013, under Manhattan Records.
Life and career
Childhood and youth
DeBarge is the daughter of James DeBarge. DeBarge began singing when she was 3 years old, but did not begin to take it seriously until she was 12. When she was 12, her father took her into a recording studio. They worked until 4 A.M. recording a duet, which made her father realize that she was serious about beginning a singing career.
During the summer of 2003 she was a contestant on the American Idol spin-off, American Juniors. DeBarge progressed to the semifinal round of twenty contestants. She was featured in the first group of ten semifinalists and sang the song "Reflection" from the Disney movie Mulan. However, she was not one of the five to progress from that group into the final ten.
At 14, DeBarge was introduced to Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. She worked with him for five years and, two days before her nineteenth birthday, signed to a new division of Island Def Jam Records founded by Edmonds and Jeff Burroughs called Sodapop Records. DeBarge began work on her debut album in March 2009, with the record completed in May 2009. "Goodbye" met with commercial success in the United States, the single debuted at number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and later reached a peak of number 15 on the chart. The single was also a success in Canada, where it reached a peak of number 15 on the Canadian Hot 100. The second single, "Sabotage", was sent to radio a week before the release of her debut album, Exposed. "Sabotage" failed to chart on any chart worldwide. Exposed, was released on July 28, 2009. Exposed received generally positive reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 69/100 from Metacritic. In the United States, the album debuted at number 23 on the Billboard 200. Worldwide, the album failed to chart anywhere it was released. DeBarge also opened up for pop singer Britney Spears, during Spears' 2009 world tour, The Circus Starring: Britney Spears. In October 2009, DeBarge confirmed that a remix of "Future Love" would be released as the third single, the remix would feature rapper Pitbull. This remixed version was released on November 2 in the UK and November 10 in the United States. "Future Love" was unsuccessful commercially, becoming her second consecutive single to miss out on the Hot 100 chart.
2009-12: After Exposed
In November 2009, The Wet Seal, Inc., a leading specialty retailer to young women, announced a partnership with DeBarge. The program included a collection of fashion pieces selected by DeBarge, online and offline marketing and events.
In January 2010, DeBarge received an NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding New Artist.” DeBarge made an appearance in School Gyrls, which premiered on Nickelodeon in March 2010. She sang "Goodbye" and was later seen in a limo with rapper Soulja Boy.
In July 2012, after her Twitter account had been hacked, she stated that a new single is set to be released in September. She also stated that she is supposed to start shooting for the music video by the end of July. It was announced through her website that the name of her new single is "Cry Wolf" (produced by Mike Mac), due to release in September, 2012. On her Twitter account, she stated that the music video is being shot on August 20, 2012  She confirmed through her Twitter and Facebook that the "Cry Wolf" single will be available for purchase on September 27 at the following stores: iTunes, Muve Music, VerveLife, Rhapsody, MySpace Music, Rdio, Zune, MediaNet, Amazon MP3, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Google Play, simfy, Deezer, Nokia, eMusic. The music video will also be available on her VEVO channel. The music video and ringtone will be available for purchase at the following stores: iTunes.
On October 2, 2012, DeBarge confirmed through her Twitter account that the "Cry Wolf" music video had been leaked without her consent prior to her own release via iTunes and her VEVO artist page. Shortly after the announcement, she released the video on her YouTube and Vimeo sites.
On November 9, 2012, DeBarge made her acting debut in "Christmas In Compton" starring Keith David, Omar Gooding, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Eric Roberts. She plays the female lead in her second film, "School Dance" (directed by Nick Cannon), and stars George Lopez, Wilmer Valderrama, Kevin Hart, Bobb'e J Thompson, Mike Epps, Amber Rose, and The Rangers.
2013-present: Young & Restless
DeBarge released "Cry Wolf", the first single from her second studio album, on September 27, 2012.
On April 3, 2013, DeBarge released a new single called "Ignite" exclusively to Japan through iTunes. She has not mentioned whether the song will be released in other countries or not. Addionatally, the song has so far peaked at number six on Japanese iTunes R&B Chart, after one day of its release.
The album was officially released in Japan by Manhattan Records and was titled as Young and Restless. DeBarge released a new single from this album, "Higher", by May 29, 2013. Debarge also released another single, "Remix My Love one week before, featuring Killian Wells.
|2013||Young & Restless
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Cry Wolf"||2012||—||—||—||—||Young & Restless|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- School Gyrls (2009) - as herself
- Turn the Beat Around (2010) - as herself
- The Lot (2011)
- Christmas in Compton (2012)
- School Dance (2013)
Awards and nominations
|2009||MTV Video Music Awards||Best Choreography||Nominated|
|2010||Image Awards||Outstanding New Artist||Nominated|
- "Kristinia DeBarge.com".
- "20 yr old Kristinia DeBarge releases debut single "Goodbye"".
- "Kristinia DeBarge dishes about new album". June 8, 2009.
- ""Goodbye" a strong beginning for Kristinia DeBarge". Reuters. May 15, 2009.
- Exposed (2009): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2009-11-03.
- Alwill, Cara (2009-06-25). "Who Is Kristinia DeBarge, Opening Act On Britney Spears' Fall Tour? - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2012-03-28.
- Official website
- Kristinia DeBarge on Twitter
- Kristinia Debarge at YouTube
- Kristinia DeBarge at the Internet Movie Database
- Kristinia DeBarge 'Blues & Soul' interview by Pete Lewis, August 2009