Kristinia DeBarge

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Kristinia DeBarge
Birth name Kristinia Jamie DeBarge
Born (1990-03-08) March 8, 1990 (age 27)
South Pasadena, California, U.S.
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • actress
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active 2003–present
  • Krissy D Ent./Beatstreet Inc.
  • Sodapop
  • Island
  • Universal
  • Manhattan

Kristinia Jamie DeBarge (/krɪˈstɪniə/; born March 8, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. DeBarge 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.

Life and career[edit]

Childhood and youth[edit]

Born in 1990, 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 where they worked until 4 A.M. recording a duet titled "How I Feel Inside", which made her father realize that she was serious about beginning a singing career. DeBarge has a multicultural background: her father is of African American, English and French Canadian descent and her mother is of Mexican, Italian, Irish and Norwegian descent. During the summer of 2003 she was a contestant on the American Idol spin-off, American Juniors. DeBarge progressed to the semi-final round of twenty contestants. She was featured in the first group of ten semi-finalists 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.[1]

2009: Exposed[edit]

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's first single "Goodbye" off her debut album "Exposed" was released in April 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.[2] The single was also a success in Canada, where it reached a peak of number 15 on the Canadian Hot 100.[3] 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.[4] In the United States, the album debuted at number 23 on the Billboard 200.[5] DeBarge also opened up for pop singer Britney Spears, during Spears' 2009 world tour, The Circus Starring: Britney Spears.[6]

2009–13: After Exposed and new album Young and Restless[edit]

In November 2009, The Wet Seal, Inc., a leading specialty retailer to young women, announced a partnership with DeBarge which included a collection of fashion pieces selected by DeBarge. 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. In September 2012, DeBarge released her single "Cry Wolf" from her exclusive Japan album Young & Restless. In October 2012, the "Cry Wolf" music video was premiered on her VEVO artist page. On November 9, 2012, DeBarge made her acting debut in "Christmas in Compton" starring Keith David, Omar Gooding, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Eric Roberts.

On April 3, 2013, DeBarge released another single ("Ignite") from Young & Restless exclusively to Japan through Manhattan Records.[7] The song peaked at number six one day after its release on the Japanese iTunes R&B Chart. On May 29, 2013, DeBarge released another single from the album, "Higher".

2014: Third studio album and School Dance[edit]

DeBarge was featured on Redrama's new single and music video "Let Go" on January 17, 2014.[8] DeBarge and Redrama performed on live television for Finland's finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 at the Barona Areena in Espoo on February 1, 2014.[9] The single was a success in Finland, where it reached No. 1 on NRJ's Top 10 list on February 4, 2014 and No. 1 on Spotify on February 7, 2014. The single reached a peak of No. 3 on the Finnish Single Charts.[10] On February 25, 2014, the single reached a peak of No. 1 on the Finnish Airplay Charts.[11]

DeBarge started working on her third studio album in March 2014 with Adonis Shropshire.[12] DeBarge's second acting role came on July 2, 2014 in Nick Cannon's directorial debut School Dance where she plays the lead female role, Anastacia. The film has an ensemble cast of Bobb'e J. Thompson, Mike Epps, Luenell, Katt Williams, George Lopez, and The Rangers.

2015: New Music Mondays and Growing Up Hip Hop[edit]

On January 5, 2015, DeBarge and Adonis Shropshire started exclusively releasing new music to YouTube. She entitled the project "New Music Mondays".[13] On July 8, 2015, WE tv announced it would mine the stories of real-life rap industry families on "Growing Up Hip Hop." Set to air January 7, 2016, the six-episode reality series stars DeBarge, Angela Simmons, Damon "Boogie" Dash, Romeo Miller, Egypt Criss, and TJ Mizell and some of their famous parents will also appear on the show.[14] DeBarge announced in an interview on September 2015 that she would be releasing a new studio album around the premiere of Growing Up Hip Hop. DeBarge has since released two EPs since 2016: Thinking Out Loud and Peaceful Understanding. Kristinia recently signed to Priority/Capitol Records in 2017.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak
2009 Exposed 23
2013 Young & Restless
  • Release Date: May 3, 2013 (JP)
  • Label: Manhattan Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
2016 Thinkin Out Loud
  • Release Date: January 7, 2016
  • Label: Krissy D Ent./Beatstreet Inc.
  • Format: digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Goodbye" 2009 15 3 15 26 Exposed
"Future Love" 125
"Cry Wolf" 2012 Young & Restless
"Ignite" 2013

(featuring Iamsu!)

2016 Thinkin Out Loud
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions
"Let Go"
(Redrama feat. Kristinia DeBarge)
2014 3[10]


  • School Gyrls (2009) – as herself
  • Turn the Beat Around (2010) – as herself
  • Christmas in Compton (2012)
  • School Dance (2014) as Anastacia
  • The Mint (2015) as Melody
  • Growing Up Hip Hop (2016) – as herself
  • Conundrum: Secrets among friends (2018) - as Jasmine

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Awards Category Result
2009 MTV Video Music Awards "Goodbye" Best Choreography Nominated
2010 NAACP Image Awards Kristinia DeBarge Outstanding New Artist Nominated


  1. ^ ""Goodbye" a strong beginning for Kristinia DeBarge". Reuters. May 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Kristinia DeBarge – Chart history". Billboard. February 26, 2013. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  3. ^ "Kristinia DeBarge – Chart history". Billboard. February 26, 2013. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Reviews for Exposed by Kristinia DeBarge – Metacritic". March 16, 2013. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  5. ^ "Kristinia DeBarge – Chart history". Billboard. February 26, 2013. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  6. ^ Alwill, Cara (June 25, 2009). "Who Is Kristinia DeBarge, Opening Act on Britney Spears' Fall Tour? – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  7. ^ "iTunes – Music – Ignite -Single by Kristinia DeBarge". April 3, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  8. ^ "Redrama feat. Kristinia DeBarge – Let Go". YouTube. January 17, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  9. ^ Ma February 1, 2016 klo 22.38. "Redrama feat. Kristinia DeBarge: Let go (UMK-finaali 1.2.2014) | Tv | Areena |". Areena. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  10. ^ a b "Musiikkituottajat – Tilastot – Suomen virallinen lista – Artistit". Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  11. ^ "Listat – Radio Nova". Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  12. ^ "Twitter / kristinia: In the studio with my boy". Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  13. ^ Vazquez, Michelle (September 24, 2009). "Kristinia DeBarge". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  14. ^ Lesley Goldberg (February 22, 1999). "WE tv Orders 'Empire'-Like Docuseries Featuring Famous Hip-Hop Families (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
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