She was the singer and a co-writer for the band Rose Chronicles, which was signed to Nettwerk in the 1990s. Rose Chronicles released two full-length albums: Shiver (1994), which won a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album, and Happily Ever After (1996). The band split up in 1997.
In the years that followed, Thirsk was featured as a guest vocalist and co-writer on albums by Delerium and Balligomingo. She sang the vocals in Front Line Assembly's cover of Madonna's "Justify My Love" and Mystery Machine's cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass."
According to Thirsk, in an Auralgasms interview, Garrett Schwarz allegedly borrowed samples from her Delerium song, "Incantation" and then released his own song on the Balligomingo album, Beneath The Surface. This, she explained, was the reason she discontinued any further collaboration with Schwarz.
Thirsk was also involved in the initial stages of Adrian White's side project Silent Alarm. The Sleepthief album The Dawnseeker, released June 2006, features Thirsk's vocals in the songs "Sublunar (Sweet Angel)". Sleepthief's follow-up The Chauffeur - The Remix - EP features Thirsk on "Send Me an Angel", a remake of the Scorpions' 1990 power ballad. She also sings on "Overkill" for the D:Fuse & Mike Hiratzka album Skyline Lounge (July 2007).
Thirsk and fellow Delerium singer Shelley Harland were the two lead vocalists for Delerium's first US tour in 2003. She toured again as the singer with Delerium's European Tour in May 2008, playing in London, Antwerp, Budapest, Prague, Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Athens, Thessaloniki, and Moscow.
She worked on her own material throughout this period and released her first full-length solo album, Souvenir, in 2003. Souvenir was produced by Eric Rosse (Tori Amos, Lisa Marie Presley).
In May 2008, Thirsk released a limited edition 4-song EP called Under Cover EP with the songs "Hourglass", "Conspiracy", "What If I", and a cover of Prince's "When Doves Cry" that features exclusive mixes of the four songs that will also be on her upcoming solo album. The EP will be sold on the tour only and online.
Her song "Out There" was released on the Sirènes compilation album in May 2008. Kristy designated the song as the theme song for Red Cross Canada in January 2005, in response to the 2004 Great Sumatra-Andaman earthquake/Asian Tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Kristy also co-wrote and sang vocals "Black Flowers" from Matt Darey's Urban Astronauts project. This song was a single and club hit in the UK.
|1995||Lit from Within||Nettwerk||Compilation||Features exclusive track “Songbird”.|
|1995||Slow Brew||Nettwerk||Compilation||Features exclusive track “Songbird (Remix)”.|
|1997||Kissed Motion Picture Soundtrack||Nettwerk||Soundtrack||Features exclusive track “Bounds Of Love”. Kristy is also featured on the movie’s score.|
|2000||Bootlegs||Self-Released||E.P.||Features demos and live tracks. Released to support Kristy’s west coast tour. Only 200 copies were made.|
|2001||Ready For Radio! Music West 2001||Nettwerk||Compilation||Features exclusive track “Over It”. Released to promote the New Music West Festival 2001.|
|2003||Souvenir||Pretty Noise||Studio Album||Produced by Eric Rosse.|
|2004||Souvenir||Pretty Noise/Maple Music||Studio Album||Produced by Eric Rosse. Includes bonus track, a re-recorded version of “Over It”|
|2008||Under Cover||Self-Released||E.P.||Physical copies available exclusively on Delerium’s 2008 European tour. Collaboration with Mike Hiratzka.|
|2008||Sirènes: The Beauty Of The Female Voice||Spectacle Entertainment||Compilation||Features exclusive track “Out There”.|
|2010||Beauty 2||Neurodisc||Compilation||Features exclusive track “Fading Light”.|
|TBA||Phoenix||TBA||Studio Album||Forthcoming solo album. Set to include: Always The Same, Bandage, Break Me Down, Conspiracy, Fading Light, Hourglass, Lit, Little Soldier, Mistake, Phoenix, Poison, Pulse, Torture, What If I, and When Doves Cry. Collaboration with Mike Hiratzka.|
|1994||Delerium||Semantic Spaces||Nettwerk||Studio Album||Kristy is featured on “Flowers Become Screens”, “Incantation” and “Flatlands”.|
|1994||Delerium||"Flowers Become Screens"||Nettwerk||CD Single||-|
|1995||Mystery Machine||Ten Speed||Nettwerk||Studio Album||Kristy is featured on “Chihuahua”. Some copies of this album feature a cover of Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass”, which also features Kristy.|
|1995||Mystery Machine||"Heart Of Glass"||Nettwerk||7” Single||Limited edition single featuring Kristy singing lead.|
|1997||Delerium||Karma||Nettwerk||Studio Album||Kristy is featured on “Enchanted”, “Lamentation”, “Wisdom”, “’Til The End Of Time” and “Heaven’s Earth”.|
|1999||Front Line Assembly||Virgin Voices Volume 1 - A Tribute To Madonna||Cleopatra/Eagle Records||Compilation||Kristy is featured on “Justify My Love”. The song was supposed to be credited to Delerium, but due to contractual problems, the song is credited to another of Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber’s projects, Front Line Assembly.|
|2001||Delerium||"Heaven’s Earth"||Nettwerk||CD Single||-|
|2002||Balligomingo||Beneath The Surface||Windham Hill||Studio Album||Kristy is featured on “Heat”.|
|2003||Delerium||Chimera||Nettwerk||Studio Album||Kristy is featured on “Returning”.|
|2003||James Divine||Intervention||-||Studio Album||Kristy is featured on “Sun Moon Stars” and “Catch Me”. James Divine is the pseudonym of Kristy’s brother J.T. James.|
|2004||Delerium||The Best Of Delerium||Nettwerk||Studio Album||Compilation featuring “Flowers Become Screens” and “Incantation”.|
|2006||Delerium||Nuages du Monde||Nettwerk||Studio Album||Kristy is featured on “Self-Saboteur”.|
|2006||Sleepthief||The Dawnseeker||Neurodisc||Studio Album||Kristy is featured on “Sublunar (Sweet Angel)”.|
|2007||Sleepthief||The Chauffeur EP||Neurodisc||E.P.||Kristy is featured on “Send Me An Angel”.|
|2007||D:Fuse & Mike Hiratzka||Skyline Lounge||Lost Angeles Recordings||Studio Album||Kristy is featured on “Overkill”.|
|2009||Sleepthief||Labyrinthine Heart||Neurodisc||Studio Album||Kristy is featured on “A Cut from the Fight” and “Reversals”.|
|2010||Delerium||Voice||Nettwerk||EP||Kristy is featured on re-recorded versions of "Flowers Become Screens" and “Self-Saboteur”.|
|2010||Matt Darey||Nocturnal||Black Hole Recordings||Studio Album||Kristy is featured singing "Black Flowers" on Matt Darey's Urban Astronauts project.|
|2012||Delerium||Music Box Opera||Nettwerk||Studio Album||Kristy is featured as a guest vocalist on "The Sky" and "Lock Down".|
- Official website
- Kristy Thirsk discography at Discogs
- Kristy performs Run Away and Truth Fantasy (QuickTime link) at a September 30, 2004 charity concert/fashion/performance art show.
- Kristy performs I Know You Are Out There (QuickTime link) as the singer of "Silent Alarm" at a 2005 live acoustic charity performance.