Hey, friends! I am excited to introduce you to my friend, Kristine. Kristine is a singer and song writer from Norway, and her passion and pursuit of her music is such an inspiration to me. I recently purchased her album, The Symphony of a Dawning Spring, and love how she has juxtaposed beautiful, rich melodies with honest and heartfelt lyrics. She is also the kindest person, and it has been fun to follow her journey through her blogs and intermittent Facebook messages. One day I hope I can visit Norway and catch one of her shows!
What’s your creative outlet? Do you have a favorite medium? I write songs to express myself.
What do you see as the goal or purpose behind your music? Mainly I do it because I love it. I love making beautiful melodies and writing about things I go through. But I also know that my experiences, and the gift God has given me, are a blessing to others.
How did you get started? I remember sitting by my mother’s piano as an 8 year old girl, wishing to one day be able to play all of the melodies I stored in my head– to be able to express whatever I felt inside. Now I can! I started taking piano lessons at 10, and sang in a church band for many years.
Where and when do you do your work? I mainly do the songwriting at home. But I also love taking the guitar outside and creating with the inspiring nature around me. I have concerts with a full band, or solo, at bars and cafés, and I sing in weddings, etc. at different venues.
Are there people or circumstances that have encouraged you to pursue your work? The first person that comes to mind is my grandfather. Whenever I went for a visit, he would always be asking me to play the piano. He was a musician himself, and with a twinkle in his eye he would say, “Oh, haven’t you noticed the piano today, Kristine?” if I didn’t play the first half hour I was there.
What inspires your work? Experiences I have and things I go through, people and their stories, nature, and God.
Are there musicians that you look up to? I admire other female artists and producers, such as Susanne Sundfør, Imogen Heap, and Kimbra.
What projects are you working on right now? Anything you are particularly excited about? I took on a summer job to earn money for a new computer and Logic, a music editing program, so apart from a couple of gigs, I don’t get to do much music this summer. But this fall I will continue doing music full-time in Oslo.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work? Any specific hopes and dreams for the future? I want my music to reach more people. I want to win the Norwegian Grammy, Spellemannsprisen, and to tour around the world. I want people to continue to be touched by my songs, and that my songs will give hope to its listeners.
Do you have any advice or encouragement for people who want to pursue their own creative outlets? Yes! Go for it! The world will miss something unique if you hold back the gifts God has given you. Be bold and courageous! And if you’re a Christian, I recommend taking the creative DTS in Ålesund, Norway!
Where can people learn more about your music? At http://www.kristinekilvik.no or on my YouTube series, “Kristine’s Video Series,” or you can listen to my album, The Symphony of a Dawning Spring on iTunes.
Thank you so much for stopping by to read my latest Friends interview, and many thanks to Kristine for sharing her story and thoughts! Now, go give her music a listen! 🙂
Have a wonderful day, friends!
Photo credits: Portrait photos by Michaela Nichole Photography, photo of the band by Mona Auke