GET TO KNOW: Kris Angelis

Kris Angelis expresses the inexpressible in her own unique style, an indie pop with a little southern roots that draws inspiration from Brandi Carlile, Ray Lamontagne, Taylor Swift, Hanson, The Lumineers, Elton John, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, and many more!
Kris Angelis has been living musically her whole life. “My mom says I’ve been singing since before I could talk. I would sing melodies when I didn’t actually know words.” Growing up on a farm in Florida, Angelis spent her childhood playing, running around the farm, and making up songs with her twin sister.

Her first full-length album, "The Left Atrium" was awarded Best Female Album of 2013 by the LA Music Critics Awards. The video for the song "Not Your Fault" was an exclusive premier on RyanSeacrest.com. She was chosen for a month long tour in Europe with Songs&Whispers in spring of 2014 and opened for Tyler Hilton on a US tour in August. Kris wants to connect with people through music and make a difference, so she partnered through Live Music Cares with Project AK-47, which rescues child soldiers, and has been invited to join the Extreme Tour in the US to bring music to underserved communities and youth. Kris played at the New Orleans House of Blues as a finalist in Belk Southern Musician competition last year. She also played at several festivals, including Sundance, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and SXSW, and will be playing at NAMM 2016. 

This year Kris is stepping into a new adventure with the Heartbreak Is Contagious EP, co-written with and produced by Morgan Taylor Reid and Alexander Cardinale. The new songs have the same emotional power as Kris’ earlier music, but with a new infusion of energy. “Heartbreak is Contagious” explores what happens when love ends in pain. “When you’re brokenhearted it can literally feel like your heart is not working properly. You can’t really love anyone, including yourself, which can lead to you breaking someone else’s heart. But also included is the idea that you can let go—that sometimes heartbreak is just a thing that happens and it’s nobody’s fault.” 

Heartbreak is a continuing theme in “Built This House.” “The house in this song can be a literal place you built to live with someone, but it’s more about the metaphorical space you built for your relationship.” Those metaphorical bricks and floorboards of memories and connections are even more poignant when the relationship is over. “When it ends, you’re in that time where everything reminds you of them. You’re surrounded by it, and it can feel like a prison. The song definitely indulges in a feeling that most of us can relate to, but it’s also about being able to see outside of it—you can still see the sun out of those windows.” 

The third song, “Kevin Bacon” is as bright and foot-tapping as the others are soulful and moving. But that doesn’t mean it has nothing in common with the other songs. “It’s just as cathartic as the others! You’ve got to be able to feel good, to go out and have fun, even in the times you’re upset. It’s about whatever makes you feel good, whether it’s new love, or achieving something, or just dancing.” The process of writing and recording these songs has been a whole new experience for Kris. “It’s been different and scary and fun. I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone in so many ways, from the three of us sitting down and writing a whole song in one day, to stretching my voice and playing with genre. I’m not leaving anything behind but I’m venturing into new areas, and I’m very excited about it.”

The EP was awarded Best Female EP in the 2016 LA Music Critics Awards. The single is featured on Relix Magazine's first ever "Women Who Rock" sampler CD in their September/October 2016 issue and can be heard throughout Season 2 of AwesomenessTV's show Guidance.

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