Kristina Train

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Kristina Train
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Background information
Born (1982-01-17) January 17, 1982 (age 33)
New York City, USA
Origin Savannah, Georgia, USA
Genres Roots Music, Americana
Instruments singing, violin
Years active 2001-present
Labels Blue Note Records EMI (2009)
Mercury Records (UK) (2011-2013)

Kristina Train (born January 17, 1982 in New York City)[1] is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has lived in London, United Kingdom since 2010.[2] Her music blends influences from country, soul, gospel, blues, folk, and jazz.[3]

Performing in Warsaw, Poland, in November 2010 with Herbie Hancock

Kristina was born in New York City and raised in Savannah, Georgia.[4] She is of Norwegian, Italian, and Irish heritage. At the age of four, Kristina started studying classical violin. She sang in church and school choirs. In 2001 Train played a showcase in New York City for Blue Note Records EMI. Executives Bruce Lundvall and Arif Mardin subsequently invited Train to sign to Blue Note.[5] Train left school to pursue music full-time, moving to New York and signing with Blue Note.[6] Kristina continued to maintain a friendship with mentor, Bruce Lundvall.


2009: Spilt Milk[edit]

Kristina Train's debut album, Spilt Milk, was released on October 20, 2009.[7] Blue Note had initially been interested in pairing her with Norah Jones producer Lee Alexander,[8] but Train instead went to London and asked Jimmy Hogarth to produce the album. Train co-wrote eight songs on the album, collaborating with Hogarth, Eg White, and Ed Harcourt. Train also arranged and overdubbed strings on three tracks on Spilt Milk. Kristina Train possesses a singing voice from another era… Her sound recalls Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, and Laura Nyro… she lives up to the legacy of the great voices that inspired her. -NPR Music [9] Spilt Milk is poised to make a big splash in the pop music world. Train’s voice is husky, rich and dark with a big range and maturity of style that belies her age… She’s confident – and with good reason. She’s got game. -BLURT [10]

2012: Dark Black[edit]

On 26 October 2012, Kristina Train's latest album, Dark Black was released for online purchases in the UK,[11] and on 5 November 2012, the CD was released in the UK.[12] The new album, where she has collaborated mainly with Ed Harcourt, Cherry Ghost's Simon Aldred, and Martin Craft,[2] features "Train’s dreamy, intense and intoxicating Southern American vocals."[13] The BBC reviewed it as An extraordinary record from a singer previously overlooked. [14] If you aren't in love with Train's voice by the end... there is something seriously wrong with your ears. -Huffington Post [15] The album was released by Mercury Records (UK).

Other projects[edit]

Train often plays with the band Scrapomatic and contributed vocals, violin, and songwriting on their 2006 album Alligator Love Cry.[16]

On October 10, 2007 Train performed at Carnegie Hall honoring Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin for New York's Music For Youth.[17]

In 2009, Train toured the United States with Chris Isaak, Susan Tedeschi, and Keb' Mo[18]

Train performed at the T.J Martell Foundation 34th Annual Awards Gala alongside Willie Nelson, Dianne Reeves, and Wynton Marsalis on October 28, 2009.

From 2009-2010 Train performed with Al Green, Tony Bennett, The Roots, and Darius Rucker.

Train contributed vocals to Marc Cohn's 2010 album Listening Booth, and contributed vocals and fiddle on Collin Rocker's 2010 debut album Milkbox Love, Jukebox Blood, & Other American Favorites.[19]

Train toured the world with Herbie Hancock[20] as his lead singer and violinist for nearly two years appearing on American television programs: The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Show With David Letterman, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Larry King Live, Today, and Good Morning America. The band included musicians: Lionel Loueke, Vinnie Colaiuta, James Genus, Pino Palladino, Tal Wilkenfeld, Greg Phillinganes, and Trevor Lawrence Jr.

Train performed at the bi-coastal 70th birthday celebration for Herbie Hancock which took place at New York's Carnegie Hall and Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl alongside Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, Wallace Roney, Zakir Hussain, Esperanza Spalding, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Lisa Hannigan, Alex Acuña, Paulinho Da Costa, Juanes, Niladri Kumar, Bill Cosby, and Tavis Smiley.

Train co-wrote the closing track Salvation on Robert Randolph and the Family Band's album We Walk this Road which was produced by T-Bone Burnett.[21]

On 11 December 2010 Kristina Train performed with Herbie Hancock, India.Arie, Florence And The Machine, Robyn, Colbie Caillat, and Barry Manilow at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert hosted by Denzel Washington and Anne Hathaway in Oslo, Norway.

In June 2011 Train collaborated with Dr. Dre in studio sessions for his forthcoming album, Detox.[22]

On 30 October 2012 Kristina Train made her debut performance on Later... with Jools Holland on BBC 2.[23]

Kristina Train was featured on the soundtrack of 2013 British Comedy I Give It A Year singing the Coldplay song, Sparks.[24]

On 30 January 2013 Kristina Train was the first artist to sing live at the grand opening of The Shard marking this as the highest performance in Europe.[25]

On 7 March 2013 Kristina Train made her debut performance at London's Royal Albert Hall with Ron Sexsmith.[26]

Train is featured on vocals and violin on Iko's third studio album, The Victory Hall.

Kristina Train is the voice of the Lexus Amazing In Motion 2013 global campaign, singing the song I'm Wandering previously released by Jackie Wilson (1958) and Aretha Franklin (1962).[26]

Kristina Train sings Waltz With Me Under The Sun, the theme song of the 2013 film The Queen of Carthage starring Shiloh Fernandez and Keisha Castle-Hughes.[27]

Kristina features on vocals on Blamma! Blamma!'s single "Zsa Zsa" on Eskimo recordings November 2013 [28]

Kristina Train is listed in as one of "10 New Artists You Need To Know Right Now" in the May 2014 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.[22]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Spilt Milk
Dark Black


  1. ^ "Kristina Train". TAIS Awards. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Official website: About Kristina Train Retrieved 2012-11-05
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  4. ^ Jeff Clark, Kristina Train, Stomp and Stammer (Nov. 2009). Accessed August 4, 2010.
  5. ^ Sunday (2009-12-04). "ON THE RADAR: Kristina Train - Archived Features - Direct Current". Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  6. ^ Brad Barnes, "Kristina Train will perform at the Savannah Music Festival on March 20, 21", Savannah Morning News, 17 Jan. 2010.
  7. ^ MusicRemedy, September 26, 2009: Kristina Train to release Spilt Milk Retrieved 2012-11-05
  8. ^ John Stoehr, "Artful Talk -- Kristina Beaty on Dianne Reeves and Susan Tedeschi", Savannah Morning News (20 Mar. 2007)
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  11. ^ iTunes UK: Dark Black - Kristina Train Retrieved 2012-11-05
  12. ^ Amazon UK: Dark Black, Kristina Train, Product Details Retrieved 2012-11-05
  13. ^ The Arbuturian, 9 October 2012: Album Review: Kristina Train – Dark Black Retrieved 2012-11-05
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  16. ^ "Good New Music". Good New Music. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
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  18. ^ "Pollstar". Pollstar. 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  19. ^ "Collin Rocker Electronic Press Kit - Streaming Music, Photos, Videos, Lyrics and Info". Sonicbids. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  20. ^ "Master of Keyboards Herbie Hancock Plays Spaulding on August 10 | Dartmouth Now". 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  21. ^ Robert Randolph and the Family Band. "We Walk This Road: Information from". Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
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