GET TO KNOW: Krista Marina

Krista Marina is an alternative pop singer/songwriter whose music displays jazz, blues, and sometimes folk, influences. Her interest in songwriting sparked from the various music genres she explored growing up. Although artists like Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Hozier, and Emeli Sande inspire her, Krista has a niche style that is evident in her music.

Raised in a cultural household, Krista developed an ear for dynamic vocals and appealing melodies. As soon as she discovered songwriting, Krista began taking music more seriously. At age 14, she joined a band with close friends with whom she fostered her art and performed countless gigs for five years. Lead singer, keyboardist, and cajon player of the group, Krista performed at notable venues, such as the Troubadour and the Viper Room. Meanwhile, at Huntington Beach High School, Krista was a part of the Music Media Entertainment Technology program of the Academy for the Performing Arts (APA MMET) through which she cultivated her songwriting and performing skills, and discovered her interest in production.

In June of 2016, Krista released her debut EP, "Bittersweet," which she wrote and co-produced. She continues to write, play shows, and immerse herself in various pockets of music. Although Krista's music stretches across genres, there is a certain intangible element about it that signifies a Krista Marina-type style that sets her apart from the rest.

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