Happy Monday, readers!
Meet our new Music Monday artist of the week, Alice Kristiansen.
Alice Kristiansen is a NYC-based singer/songwriter that is known for covering today’s hottest songs. From Taylor Swift to Ariana Grande, Kristiansen would cover her favorite songs on the radio and receive positive feedback from her small, yet supportive fanbase. Alice was then discovered by her now manager, Mark D. Conklin, on YouTube at the age of 16. The two began working together almost immediately and released an album of mostly acoustic cover songs. Her slowed down and hauntingly sorrowful version of Katy Perry’s “The One that Got Away” has landed on numerous Spotify playlists and has been streamed over a half a million times.
Since partnering with Conklin, Kristiansen has been given the seal of approval from many of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Ashton Kutcher, Shawn Mendes, and James Bay. While she is still posting covers on her growing YouTube channel, Kristiansen has also been working on some original music. Spoiler alert: It’s really good.
Her first original single, “Moon and Back”, released in February 2016, has been streamed over 100K times and the video has been watched nearly 150K times. Her new single “Twilight Blue” is out now. Kristiansen plans on releasing several more singles and music videos throughout the year ultimately leading to her first EP due out early in 2017.
Celeb Secrets spoke with Kristiansen recently to learn about her musical journey. Read the full Q&A below. Keep up with Alice Kristiansen by following her on Twitter at @alkristiansen.
Celeb Secrets: What do you like to do on your downtime?
Alice Kristiansen: “I love to cook and drag my friends to watch sunsets with me. I’m very low key – any quiet activity with close friends is my go-to! I’m very much a 70 year old in a 20 year old’s body.”
Celeb Secrets: Do you remember your reaction when you found out that Ashton Kutcher had shared your cover on Facebook?
Alice Kristiansen: “I had checked my Instagram and noticed I had gotten over 70 new followers in the last couple minutes and I knew something was up. I was literally shaking when I saw he had reposted my video – I was so shocked!”
Celeb Secrets: You recently released a new song called “Twilight Blue”, can you tell us the story behind it?
Alice Kristiansen: “It’s just really about being away from someone you love, having to deal with so much physical distance and loneliness. When you’re so far apart its so difficult not to reminisce on how it was when you were together. It’s also about feeling like your stuck in between light and dark which is what the twilight represents.”
Celeb Secrets: What can fans expect from your upcoming EP?
Alice Kristiansen: “Maybe something a little different from what I’ve done with my YouTube, more songs like Twilight Blue. I’ve been loving more of an electronic sound and incorporating that into my music. The overall goal is to have songs that sound great with big production but also sound equally as good with just a guitar or piano and vocal.”
Celeb Secrets: Do you have a set release date or a title for the EP yet?
Alice Kristiansen: “Not yet! We’re working very hard to make sure it’s as perfect as it can be! I can’t wait for everyone to hear the new material.”
Celeb Secrets: Is there a song off the new album that you’re most excited for your fans to finally hear?
Alice Kristiansen: “I really can’t pick one! I’m excited to see which one people connect to the most. I think sometimes the audience has their own favorites for their own reasons and that’s what makes the process so intriguing.”
Celeb Secrets: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Alice Kristiansen: “I’d like to be doing what I’m doing now but on a larger scale. Traveling, performing and reaching more people with my music. And to adopt a puppy! I hope to have a dog by then.”
Celeb Secrets: Since we are Celeb Secrets, can you tell us a secret or a fun fact about yourself that your fans may not know about?
Alice Kristiansen: “I have an absolute obsession with fabric softener & the smell of clean laundry. I’ll probably die from inhaling the fumes from those downy unstoppable things too much.”