Immersing in Darkness to Create Light”

Artist Information

Label: Independent
Genre: Pop/Folk
Hometown: Lansing, Michigan
Based: Los Angeles, California
Influences: Florence + The Machine, The Killers, Asgeír, Lord Huron, The Black Keys, Gotye
Sounds Like: if you put Robyn, Bonnie Raitt, and Bastille into a blender

Bio

Kristina Johnsen's recent Garibaldi EP has already been garnering great praise from fans and critics alike since its 2018 release. Featured as the unsigned artist of the week as well as the top-scoring new music critique in Music Connection magazine's May issue, she has been described by critics as "a unique talent" and "among the most beautiful voices we have heard" (Keep Walking Music) and an artist "with probing lyrics that make it clear the singer is an alert, intelligent and confident individual" (Music Connection). Her songs have been featured on the Women of Substance Podcast as well as on Future House Cloud's Future of Pop Spotify playlist. 

Kristina declared her love for music at a young age. Raised in a family of musicians, she began singing as soon as she could talk. Her insatiable curiosity in music led her to play the violin as soon as she could hold one without dropping it. Over the years, she has continued performing in choirs, musicals, bands, and as a soloist. Kristina’s early experience in orchestras helped her bridge the nuances between influences as vast as Tchaikovsky and We Are Scientists. As a teenager, she built up her live performance chops as a background vocalist and guitarist in a 1970s cover band with her mom, a bandleader and keyboardist/floutist.

Graduating with a BFA from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, visual elements form the core of her approach to musical aesthetics. She draws sonic and conceptual inspiration from the mystery of mountains and snowboard culture. Lyrically, her songs serve as windows into her world. The world can be a dark place, and music can be the light that helps everything from the difficult to the mundane make more sense. No matter where she goes, she aims to bring the joy of music along with her, already performing across three continents. Recently, her passion for music led her to pack up her guitars and make the move from her hometown of Lansing, Michigan, to the wild west in Los Angeles, California. Kristina Johnsen’s debut EP, Garibaldi, is already moving mountains.
Catch her on tour this fall.

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Previous events

Date Event Location
Kristina Johnsen at Hotel Cafe Second Stage Hotel Cafe Second Stage, Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States Hotel Cafe Second Stage, Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States
Kristina Johnsen at Bar 20 on Sunset Bar 20 on Sunset, West Hollywood, CA 90069 Bar 20 on Sunset, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Laid Bare at BOHO BOHO Camden, NW17H London, United Kingdom BOHO Camden, NW17H London, United Kingdom
Kristina Johnsen at Groundwork Coffee Hollywood Groundwork Coffee, Los Angeles, CA 90028 Groundwork Coffee, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Kristina Johnsen and Francesca Crowley & Anahide at Holy Grounds Coffee (El Sereno) Holy Grounds Coffee, Los Angeles, CA 90032 Holy Grounds Coffee, Los Angeles, CA 90032
Kristina Johnsen: Live & Acoustic Republic of Pie, North Hollywood, CA 9160 Republic of Pie, North Hollywood, CA 9160
St. Patrick's Day Show: Jake Justice wsg/ Emily Brimley and Kristina Johnsen Vampire Lounge & Tasting Room, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 Vampire Lounge & Tasting Room, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Kristina Johnsen at NITELIGHT NITELIGHT, West Hollywood, CA 90069-1834 NITELIGHT, West Hollywood, CA 90069-1834
Girls on the Verge: Songwriter Showcase Songwriting School of Los Angeles, Burbank, CA Songwriting School of Los Angeles, Burbank, CA
Open Mic @ The Oak & Vine The Oak & Vine, Glendale, CA 91205 The Oak & Vine, Glendale, CA 91205
Parted Waters Anniversary Celebration Benefit Concert wsg/ Kristina Johnsen Grand Ledge Opera House, Grand Ledge, Michigan 48837 Grand Ledge Opera House, Grand Ledge, Michigan 48837
Pop-Up Show: Kristina Johnsen at Sir Pizza Sir Pizza Grand Cafe Old Town, Lansing, Michigan 48906 Sir Pizza Grand Cafe Old Town, Lansing, Michigan 48906
Lights Out: Chelsea Light Up the Night Parade After Show Main Street Church in Clock Tower Plaza, Chelsea, MI Main Street Church in Clock Tower Plaza, Chelsea, MI
 —  — J Washburn Gardner & Friends: Kristina Johnsen Carrigan Cafe, Saline, MI Carrigan Cafe, Saline, MI
Jo Serraperre wsg/ Hoodang, Kristina Johnsen The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Kristina Johnsen @ Common Cup Coffeehouse Common Cup Coffeehouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 Common Cup Coffeehouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Paul Gordon & Friends wsg/ Kristina Johnsen Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Kristina Johnsen @ Tecumseh AppleUmpkin Festival Tecumseh, MI Tecumseh, MI
Kristina Johnsen @ The Rumpus Room Open Mic The Rumpus Room @ Jet's Pizza, Chelsea, MI 48118 The Rumpus Room @ Jet's Pizza, Chelsea, MI 48118
Kristina Johnsen @ Moriarty's Open Mic Moriarty's Pub, Lansing, MI 48912 Moriarty's Pub, Lansing, MI 48912