Dossier de presse de Kristina Maria Décembre 2010 à Mars 2012

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CMW 2012: CHUM Fanfest with Train, Marianas Trench, The New Cities and more!

Sandra Elford, Live'n'Loud Magazine, 29 mars 2012

CHUM held their 5th annual FanFest during Canadian Music Week 2012 at the legendary Masonic Temple in Toronto. This year the two big headliners were due to be Hedley and Train – but rumours started days before the show that Hedley wasn’t going to make it to the show, and moments before the show started it was confirmed. In their place would be a performance by Fefe Dobson- not quite the same as Jacob Hoggard, but as a last minute replacement (that wasn’t Slash…) it was pretty damn good. Those who drove such a long distance to see Hedley though, have a very different opinion.CHUM FM really knows how to show their listeners they’re important besides the incredible entertainment – they provide the fans with free drinks and finger foods throughout the night.

The line up also included Kristina Maria, Victoria Duffield, The New Cities  and that’s not the end of it – other big names were Marianas Trench and America’s new favourite Canadian sweetheart – Carly Rae Jepsen.

Headlining and proving why they’ve been around since the mid-90′s were Train. They could write the book on pulling off the -perfect- set for a FanFest. Every big hit was touched on, lead man Patrick Monahan had the PERFECT amount of crowd interaction and when he had to refer to the lyrics for a brand new song he signed those sheets off to fans. At a high point of the performance, he brought two fans on stage to battle it through Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” – and the winner walked away with a signed acoustic guitar.

There was hardly a soul in the building who wasn’t belting out hits like “Calling All Angels”, “Meet Virginia”, “Marry Me” and “Drops of Jupiter”. Even up in the media and VIP balcony you could feel the sense of community that few bands can invoke in a crowd that diverse.

 

CMW - Chum FanFest Makes Pop Fun

Sonja Jackson, Press +1, 26 mars 2012

On Friday night, I headed over to the Masonic Temple (a.k.a. The MTV Canada building) for Chum FanFest, which is one of the hot ticket events during Canadian Music Week. Fans cannot purchase tickets for this show. For most, their only chance at attending is to win tickets through 104.5 Chum FM. 

I sat in the balcony section of the venue, so I had a bird's eye view of the stage and all of those in attendance. Music was pumping, drinks were flowing, and hors d'oeuvres were in abundance. As you can imagine, this put all of the ticket holders in a good mood while they waited for the show to begin. Undeniably, there was a party atmosphere in the wall-to-wall packed room

Promptly at 7:30 pm (the scheduled show start time) TV/radio personality Marilyn Dennis and her morning radio show co-host Roger Ashby appeared on stage. After welcoming everyone, they announced that they had some disappointing news to deliver. Hedley, the scheduled opening act, was not going to perform because one of the band members (Jacob) had fallen ill and was advised by doctors not to fly to Toronto. Not surprisingly, some fans in the crowd did not have a positive reaction to the news. 

Dennis, however, managed to calm down disgruntled fans after announcing that pop/rock singer Fefe Dobson would open the show instead. Ironically, just the day before, Dobson's hit song "Stuttering" had beat out Hedley's "Invincible" for a Canadian Radio and Music Award in the "Fan's Choice" category. The singer also won in the "Chart Topper" and "SOCAN Song of the Year" categories.

Dobson started off her set with a high energy performance of "I'm Waiting." She sang many of her hits including "Stutter" and "Ghost", which based on the screams of the crowd, was a favourite amongst fans in the room. Her set lasted about 30 minutes and received exuberant applause from the audience. I thought that her uninhibited performance was impressive. 

Up-and-coming Canadian pop artist Kristina Maria took the stage next. The young Ottawa native, wearing a short off-white mini-dress and backed by four dancers, sang three songs ("Let's Play," "Our Song Comes On," and "Co-Pilot") from her debut album Tell The World, which is set to be released on April 10th. Maria's performance had slightly less energy than Dobson's, but I guess maybe that high energy comes with time and experience.  

After Maria's 15-minute set, The New Cities, a punk/rock Montreal based act that I wasn't really familiar with, hyped the crowd with their performance. They sang four songs including "Heat Wave," the first single from their sophomore effort Kill The Lights. Charismatic frontman David Brown turned up the energy in the room with a high-octane performance that had fans screaming and waving their hands in the air.  

Although she wasn't a headliner, there was a feeling of anticipation in the room moments before Victoria Duffield was set to perform. When I first saw her music video for "Shut Up and Dance," I thought to myself "she reminds me so much of a younger Britney Spears." After seeing her perform live, my thoughts have been solidified. She's not only a singer, but also an impressive dancer who kept up with every step that her backup dancers made. According to her official bio, she's an actress as well. With undeniable star quality, the confident 17-year old took the stage and started off by performing her hit single "Feel." She also performed "Breaking My Heart" and her most popular song to date "Shut Up and Dance."

Carly Rae Jepsen, who appeared on the Ellen De Generes show earlier in the day, sang her infectious hit "Call Me Maybe" from her sophomore album Curiosity, and she had the crowd singing right along with her. The 26-year old B.C. native, and new artist on Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun's Schoolboy Records label, sounded just as good live as she does on her recorded tracks.  

The moment that many had been waiting for finally came when three-time Grammy Award winner Train took the stage. The San Francisco-based band sang a myriad of their well-known songs including "Hey Soul Sistah," "Calling All Angels," "Drops of Jupiter," and "Meet Virginia." Frontman Pat Monahan graciously shook hands with fans in the crowd while he belted out songs. During the group's performance of the beautiful ballad "Marry Me," Monahan encouraged the crowd to sing the lyrics to the song in unison. They put on a show that was worth the wait.

By the time the almost four hour show ended, it seemed like a good time was had by all. Even though there wasn't a lot of diversity in the genres of music (only pop or rock) presented at FanFest I think that it's the kind of event that almost anyone could enjoy because of the party/festive atmosphere.

 

L'album de l'humilité

Véronique Harvey, Journal 24 heures, 23 mars 2012

Collabo électro

Dans cette vague de collaboration, Corneille peut également inscrire à son également inscrire à son CV la pièce avec la nouvelle sensation Kristina Maria. Cette pièce ne se retrouve pas sur l'album, puisque le disque de cette dernière n'est toujours pas disponible sur les tablettes, mais on pourrait bien la retrouver sur la version 2.0 québécoise de l'album Les inséparables.

«Je trouvais la chanson super bonne et ce n'est pas si loin de ce que je fais, en fait. C'est juste un parti pris plus électro, plus dance, mais dans la même famille de que je fais. Aujourd'hui, les genres se mélangent tellement que ça devient presque impossible d'être puriste, surtout dans mon genre musical. Les équivalents américains de ce que je fais, comme Usher et Ne-Yo, font tous des collaborations comme ça. Ils font du R&B pur et dur, mais des collabos plus dance avec David Guetta par exemple. C'est rendu ça la musique populaire à caractère urbain. La chanson existait déjà en anglais et son producteur m'a demandé de faire une adaptation en français. Je l'ai fait et j'y ai pris goût.»

 

Preparing for fandemonium at FanFest 2012

Andrew Powell, The Gate Entertainment Magazine, 23 mars 2012

Through an unfortunate series of events, this will be the first time in years that I’ll be missing most of Canadian Music Week this year, but I am glad to be going to at least one event tonight. The good people at CHUM FM have invited media to their annual FanFest concert at the Masonic Temple, and they’ve brought in a few notable artists, including Train, Hedley, Carly Rae Jepsen, The New Cities, Victoria Duffield, Marianas Trench, and Kristina Maria.

CHUM always puts on a good show for fans, especially since, aside from media, this is a winners-only concert, but I feel pretty dumb about missing out on CMW. I love almost every type of music–I am not a music snob in the least, for the record–and I love pop, but what I love about CMW is being able to go out and hear any kind of music at all, from artists around the world, who I might not get to see perform otherwise. This will be a fun chance to see Train in a smaller venue (and I have a soft spot for Carly Rae Jepsen and Kristina Maria), but I won’t lie that I’ll miss going to the Horseshoe, Lee’s Palace, or one of the other venues that makes CMW such a brilliant night of music.

 

Kristina Maria

680 News, 23 mars 2012

Canadian recording artist Kristina Maria is in Toronto for Canadian Music Week. She is here promoting some of her dance hits including "Co-Pilot." Music reporter Rudy Blair speaks with the Ottawa native about her career and upcoming album "Tell The World" due to be released April 10.

 

New talent Kristina Maria

CBC News, 19 mars 2012

Vito Luprano, the Montrealer who signed and executive-produced Céline Dion in the 1980s, has new star under his wing, Kristina Maria, a Lebanese-Canadian pop singer from Ottawa who is gearing up for her first album.

CBC’s Deana Sumanac talked to Luprano about why he came out of retirement and how the music business has changed since he managed Dion.

 

Ottawa-based singer brings dance-pop to City

Alberta Local News, 14 mars 2012

Gearing up to launch her debut disc Tell The World next month, Ottawa-based singer Kristina Maria performs at The Lotus Lounge March 16.

Maria knew from an early age the singing was going to be her life. She recalls the late Whitney Houston being a huge influence in her early years. And it was about the time she was four-year-old when she confidently informed her mother she wanted to be a singer.

She also knew nothing but support from her musical family. She recalls her mom finding out when local competitions and events were around town for her daughter to take part in, but there was never any pressure.

Maria took to it all with gusto- she also a natural affinity for performing. The stage was never an uncomfortable place to be.

«I think music picked me,» says the 22 year-old artist. «It's just something that I knew. I used to hum on key before I could even speak.»

These days, Maria is thrilled to be taking her new tunes on the road in a promotional tour prior to the CD's release.

«It's exciting and overwhelming,» she says, adding that sharing her music with audiences really is the ultimate joy. «It's a part of me, so I'm excited to put it out there.»

She's already experienced significant success with her music.

Her ultra-catchy first two sigles Let's Play and Co-Pilot have already landed digital sales of close to 100,000 units over the past year and nabbed her plenty of airplay across the country. Our Song Comes on immediately commands attention - polished and sophisticated pop at its shimmering finest, while We Belong together allows her vocal strengths to shine, I Wanna Tell The World virtually explodes with infectious, irresistible energy. Conversely, the simply-structured Understatement shows a more vulnerable side to the gifted performer.

Prodcution of Tell The World was quite literally a world-wide mission -- she spent the past 18 months in studios in Sweden, Anguilla, New York City, Los Angeles, Montreal and Miami.

She co-wrote 11 of the 14 songs and she's collaborated with some of the most prominent writers and producers in contemporary pop who have lent their talents to everyone from Céline Dion, Madonna and Katy Perry to britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez.

She also has no regrets about really taking her time with the production of the CD. « We just really wanted to perfect it. I didn't want anything but that.»

Recording it around the world also enhances the overall flavour of the music. Maria points out that there are distinctly Canadian, European and American influences surfacing thoughout the project.

«As you listen to it, you realize it's a journey.»

Meanwhile, Maria was able to hook up with these A-list composer and producers thanks in large part to her manager Vito Luprano, the Montreal music-man who was one of the key players in the Céline Dion success story.

A friend had slipped Luprano a demo recording of Maria two years ago and he was smitten. The partnership was sealed the first time they met.

«I waited several weeks and didn't hear anything, which isn't unusual,» explains Maria, adding that she had been knocking on doors trying to get her music out there.

Even when the phone idn't ringing with offers, she worked hard to remain positive.

But finally, the call came and the two have formed a formidable partnership. once she hooked up with Luprano, a wholenew world of amazing oppotunity opened up.

She still can hardly believe her good fortune in teaming up with a well-known and respected industry veteran.

As mentioned earlier, Maria had her eye on music early on. She'd sing every chance she got - from family parties to talent shows - and she began intensive vocal training at the Ottawa Conservatory.

To unwind, she'd sing with her brothers' rap buddies. Kids at the high school would be partying on a Friday night but she was always happier hanging at the Conservatory developing her vocal skills.

Looking back on it all, she's fully aware that the hard work and dedication is paying off. «I still have a hard time wrapping my head around it. It's surreal.»

 

Tell the World that Kristina Maria is Releasing an Album!

Canadian Music Blog, 5 mars 2012

Justin Bieber has broken a record.  No, no, we don’t mean that the Biebs has snapped a CD in half.

In 2005, Neilson SoundScan began tracking digital downloads.  Until now, the record holder for the number of digital downloads in a week was Lady Gaga.  Her single “Born This Way” received 53,000 downloads in Canada back in February 2011.  With his new single “Boyfriend”, Justin Bieber has broken that record with 55,000 downloads last week.  The song has debuted on the Canadian Billboard Hot 100 at #1.  Bieber has never scored a #1 hit in Canada.  His previous best was “Baby” which made it to #3.  Bieber also becomes the 5th Canadian artist to score a #1 single on the Canadian Billboard Hot 100 since the chart began in 2007.  He is the first male solo artist to do so.  Congratulations are no doubt in order.

In the realm of country music, Dean Brody is #1 with his single “Canadian Girls”.  He is the first Canadian artist to top the Billboard country charts in 4 years.  Like Bieber, Brody’s previous personal best was #3 with “Trail in Life”.

With her debut album, Tell the World, out in less than a week, Kristina Maria has topped the Canadian Billboard Emerging Canadian Artists ranking with the steady climb up the charts of her “Our Song Comes On”.

 

Pop's Newest Songstress Kristina Maria drops debut disc April 10th!

Fridae TV, 28 février 2012

Toronto, ON — Ottawa-based Kristina Maria is set to release her debut album, Tell The World  (Lupo One / Fontana North), on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.  Recorded over the past 18 months in studios around the globe including Sweden, Los Angeles, Miami and Montreal, Kristina Maria co-wrote 11 of the 14 songs on the album.  Writer/producer collaborations include Kristian Lundin, Andreas Carlsson, Anders Bagge, Peer Astrom, Billy Steinberg, Josh Alexander, and JC Chasez from *N Sync.  Collectively they have worked with Céline Dion, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Jennifer Lopez.  Full track listing below.

The release of Tell The World follows the success of Maria’s first two singles “Let’s Play” and “Co-Pilot.”  Combined digital sales of the singles have surpassed 110,000 and have made a significant impact at Canadian radio.  “Let’s Play” has garnered three Canadian Radio Music Award nominations in the SOCAN Song of the Year, Hot AC and Dance/Urban/Rhythmic categories and reached #1 on both the BDS Canadian and Billboard Emerging Canadian Artists charts.  “Co-Pilot” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Emerging Canadian Artists chart and #5 on the BDS Canadian chart.  Maria’s new single, “Our Song Comes On,” is already at #16 on the Billboard Emerging Canadian Artists chart.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Kristina Maria like many artists knew she wanted to pursue a musical career early in her life.  She began intensive vocal training at the Ottawa Conservatory in her early teens and landed a management deal with Vito Luprano, a Canadian music industry veteran, the first time they met.  “She started singing a cappella and I stopped her and said, ‘You have a deal!’,” recalls Luprano.  For more than 20 years, Luprano was Sony Music’s Senior Vice President, acting as artistic director for Celine Dion’s recording career and has worked with many other Canadian artists.  He is now out of semi-retirement, specifically for Kristina Maria.

 

Kristina Maria Releasing Debut Album In April

RockStar Magazine, 27 février 2012

Ottawa-based Kristina Maria is set to release her debut album, Tell The World (Lupo One / Fontana North), on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.  Recorded over the past 18 months in studios around the globe including Sweden, Los Angeles, Miami and Montreal, Kristina Maria co-wrote 11 of the 14 songs on the album.  Writer/producer collaborations include Kristian Lundin, Andreas Carlsson, Anders Bagge, Peer Astrom, Billy Steinberg, Josh Alexander, and JC Chasez from *N Sync.  Collectively they have worked with Céline Dion, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Jennifer Lopez.

The release of Tell The World follows the success of Maria's first two singles "Let's Play" and "Co-Pilot."  Combined digital sales of the singles have surpassed 110,000 and have made a significant impact at Canadian radio.  "Let's Play" has garnered three Canadian Radio Music Award nominations in the SOCAN Song of the Year, Hot AC and Dance/Urban/Rhythmic categories and reached #1 on both the BDS Canadian and Billboard Emerging Canadian Artists charts.  "Co-Pilot" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Emerging Canadian Artists chart and #5 on the BDS Canadian chart.  Maria's new single, "Our Song Comes On," is already at #16 on the Billboard Emerging Canadian Artists chart.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Kristina Maria like many artists knew she wanted to pursue a musical career early in her life.  She began intensive vocal training at the Ottawa Conservatory in her early teens and landed a management deal with Vito Luprano, a Canadian music industry veteran, the first time they met.  "She started singing a cappella and I stopped her and said, 'You have a deal!'," recalls Luprano.  For more than 20 years, Luprano was Sony Music's Senior Vice President, acting as artistic director for Celine Dion's recording career and has worked with many other Canadian artists.  He is now out of semi-retirement, specifically for Kristina Maria.

 

En piste avec Kristina Maria et Corneille

Nicolas Tittley, JOURNAL MÉTRO, 6 février 2012

En voyant le clip de Co-Pilot, récente collaboration entre la chanteuse ontarienne Kristina Maria et notre Corneille national, vous vous demanderez peut-être dans quel aéroport se déroule l’action. S’il était assez facile d’identifier l’aéroport Pearson de Toronto dans le clip de Simple Plan et Marie-Mai, Jet Lag, vous risquez d’avoir un peu plus de mal à trouver le lieu de tournage de Co-Pilot, puisque l’aérogare en question n’existe pas. C’est en effet au Palais des Congrès de Montréal que le réalisateur Bernard Nadeau (Radar Films) a posé ses caméras, suggérant, à l’aide de quelques changements de décor, d’angles de caméra savamment choisis et de deux ou trois uniformes de compagnies aériennes, un lieu assez funky où les passagers en transit passent le temps en dansant. Le clip peut compter sur les services de l’équipage le plus  groovy  de tous les temps, puisque le pilote et ses agents de bord appartiennent tous au Blueprint Cru, une jeune troupe de danseurs montréalais qui s’est illustrée à l’émission. America’s Best Dance Crew. Malheureusement, leurs incroyables talents sont sous-utilisés, et leur chorégraphie n’occupe qu’une toute petite portion du clip. Malgré une pièce très rythmée  visiblement destinée à faire planer les habitués des clubs, le clip de  Co-Pilot ne décolle jamais vraiment. 

 

On TRIPPE sur le vidéoclip «Co-Pilot» de Kristina Maria et Corneille

Karine, HOLLYWOOD PQ, 2 février 2012

Kristina Maria et Corneille forment vraiment un team de feu: leur duo Co-Pilot est rythmé et nous reste instantanément en tête et on TRIPPE sur le nouveau vidéoclip, tourné avant les Fête au Palais des Congrés, transformé pour l’occasion en aéroport (avec la participation de la troupe de danse BluePrint Cru, finaliste à l’émission America’s Best Dance Crew 5 diffusé sur MTV).

 

Kristina Maria et Corneille: voyez le nouveau clip «Co-Pilot»

Rosanne Brais, SHOWBIZZ.NET, 2 février 2012

La chanteuse Kristina Maria lance son nouveau vidéoclip de la chanson «Co-Pilot» qu’elle chante accompagnée de Corneille.

Le clip pour la chanson «Co-Pilot» qui figure présentement au top 5 du palmarès québécois a été tourné au Palais des Congrès, transformé pour l’occasion en aéroport.

La troupe de danse BluePrint Cru, finaliste à l’émission America’s Best Dance Crew 5 diffusée sur MTV, participe au clip réalisé par Bernard Nadeau (Radar Films) qui exploite les changements de vitesse de la caméra passant du sensuel «slow motion» à l’énergisant «stop motion» afin de maximiser le rythme de la chanson.

Le premier album de la chanteuse franco-ontarienne, intitulé «Tell The World», sera disponible dès le 10 avril prochain.

Le nouvel extrait, Our Song Comes On, a déjà été ajouté sur plusieurs stations à travers le Canada.

En attendant, la chanteuse de 22 ans sera présente au Light Ultra Club de Montréal, le 4 février prochain, afin d’y interpréter quelques chansons.

 

Kristina Maria: Sound of Ottawa 2012

Guillaume Moffet, OTTAWA XPRESS, 19 janvier 2012

What: Lebanese Ottawan songstress’ bid for superstardom. A diva in the making?

About: "I think music picked me," says Kristina Maria, 22. "It’s just something that I knew. I used to hum on key before I could even speak." If her radio smashes Let’s Play and Co-Pilot didn’t persuade you of Maria’s capacity to take over the world with her sugary and bouncy pop (almost 100,000 units sold on iTunes), you should head to her YouTube channel for the intimate, piano-led take on her own Aldo Nova-penned power-ballad It’s You. Her manager, former Sony Music A&R guru Vitto Luprano (he executive-produced all of Celine’s LPs), unquestionably knows the ropes and made the singer his priority, booking studio time over the last 18 months with a squad of A-list producers: Kristian Lundin, Andreas Carlsson, Billy Steinberg, and (!?) ex-’N Sync member JC Chasez, resulting in a chart-conquering, laser-guided debut album, appropriately titled Tell the World, which is scheduled for a March release. The overachiever already bagged a recording deal in France with the renowned Wagram label, and the U.S. has begun to pay keen attention.

Download: Co-Pilot and Let’s Play singles out now. New single Our Song Comes On out soon.

 

   

With Gold Records And Hit Songs Kristina Maria Is Ready To Tell The World About Her New Album

Chloe Magzine, 13 janvier 2012

«Listen, dude, if you don't seranade me right now I'm going to leave!» exclaims Kristina Maria as she jokingly re-enacts her first encounter with former 'N SYNC group member JC Chasez . «I was like, 'How are you in front of me and not serenading me right now?'» she says, animating her anecdote with comical hand gestures, dramatic voices and a wide grin across her face. It's easy to tell with that kind of expressive delivery that this girl is a natural performer.

In fact, the 22 years-old pop singer/songwriter has been performing since she could barely talk. « I started taking interest in singing when I was maybe younger even. I can't even remember: that's how way back it goes,» the petite brunette explains between sips of Diet Coke at Fairmont Royal York's Epic Restaurant, Toronto. «The Bodyguard movie came out and I got the CD and I would sing along and I would listen to Celine Dion and belt out these crazy notes and my parents would look at me like, 'Where is that the coming from?' you know? It's just a gift that I've been blessed with. As corny as that sounds, it really did pick me. i knew that I was joing to do it professionally my whole life.»

Kristina Maria's appropriately titled debut album Tell The World is bringing her life's purpose onto the world stage. «Europe, America... I want to go worldwide, baby,» Kristina says of her career aspirations. Global domination may not be too far off for the Ottawa native, since she's already begun conquering Canada. Her first single, a flirty dance track called «Let's Play», has surpassed Gold status at 60,000 cpies and counting, not mention that her second single, «Co-Pilot», has been on heavy rotation at radio stations throughout the country. «Canada has been so supportive and the fans here have been amazing to me. I have loyal fans, I have hardcore fans and it's grewat. I honestly didn't expect that. It's overwhelming and Iloe it, » gushes Kristina.

One of Kristina Maria's biggest fans is definitely her manager, Vito Luprano. Luprano former VP of Artists and Repertoire for Sony Music with almost thirty years experience in the business, was the first to sign superstar Celine Dion so it's safe to say that he knows talent when he sees it. «She had told me that she writes and co-writes her own stuff: that interestedme,» Luprano was so impressed with Kristina that he agreed to an exclusive management deal with the songstress and signed her to his Montreal-based label, Lupo One Productions. «We definitely connected right away, one hundred percent. As soon as we met I feel like we just shook hands and were like, 'All right. This is going to work.'» Kristina says.

Since then, Kristina Maria has traveled to Sweden and worked with some of the most talented and accomplished writers and producers in the business. Among them are Kristian Lundin and major international songwriter Billy Steinberg who have worked with some of the most successful pop acts around, in cluding the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and 'N SYNC. If that were not enough, the previously -mentioned JC Chasez of 'N SYNC (one of the best-selling biy-bands of all time) also wrote and co-wrote songs for Kristina's album. «I mean, it's surreal. It's something that makes you go, 'Oh my god, I can't believe I'm here's and the fact that I even wrote with [JC Chasez] and Kristian Lundin. It's like, 'Oh my god, are you kidding me?» says Kristina of her time spent with them in the studio. With the amount of talent behind Kristina Maria's record, it's not surprising that the songs are unbelievably catchy and can easily be subjected to repeat listening. Fast and upbeat, Kristina Maria's dance-pop sound is no stranger to the club floor with its infectious beats and attention-grabbing hooks. «I love pop songs,» says Kristina. «They're fun to dance with, they're fun to jam out to. That's the most important part. I want people to be able to jam out to my songs and have a good time. You know when you're drivong in the car and Britney [Spears] song comes on and you can't help yourself but to sing along? I feel like that's so fun.»

However, Kristina Maria isn't just about uptempo party songs and is quick to state that she also has emotional ballads and tracks that are straight from the heart. «Understatement» is one of her album's slower songs and it's one of the most personal. She wrote it herself about the difficulty she faced while in a previous long-distance relationship. «Ninety percent of my songs are definitely like experiences,» explains Kristina Maria. «My emotion is so different with every song, you can hear it, like in one of my songs, 'Karma',» Kristina Maria says, referring to a song she wrote about an unfaithful ex-boyfriend. «You could tell I'm angry and when I was writing it I was angry, and when I performed it I was angry because it was from the heart. It was me.» She says. «'Understatement' and 'Karma', those two are my babies. I love them. it doesn't feel like I wrote them. It impresses me because I'm proud of myself at how far I've with my writing.»

Kristina Maria may be on the brink of a major singing career but as I sit across from her it's apparent that she's still just a regular college-aged girl. Wearing a casual grey tee, dark leggings, black thick-framed glasses and her hair pulled pack with her glamourous make-up in place after just wrapping her Chloe cover shoot, she's cracking jokes and telling me ghost stories. At times, it's hard not to feel like I'm chatting with a close girlfriend instead of a rising pop star. Her energetic and goofy personality makes it difficult not to instantly like her. «I can be a clown sometimes and I sweat like a mule when I'm nervous,» laughs Kristina Maria. But when I ask her about what has motivated her to keep striving for a professional singing career she becomes very serious. «I cannot see myself not singing. It's not like it's choice for me, it's not an option. I don't see myself being something else,» she says. «I already have my foot in the door, now all i have to do is put the other foot in and I'm there. If I can't I still have that foot. I still always have my music no matter what.»

Once our dinner starts winding down, I begin to ask questions about where she wants her career to go. In true Kristina Maria form, she says with a giggle, «I want the whole world to love me!» With one foot in a door that's already wide-open with possibility, she just might slide the other one right in and make it happen.

 

Dans les coulisses avec Herby Moreau

Herby Moreau, LA PRESSE, 22 décembre 2011

[...] Après avoir fait un aller-retour d'à peine 24 heures en Haïti le week-end dernier, le chanteur Corneille s'est retrouvé mardi matin dans le décor d'un faux aéroport recréé pour les besoins du tournage du vidéoclip Co-Pilot, qu'il interprète avec la chanteuse ontarienne Kristina Maria. Le duo a été surpris en fin de journée par le boxeur Jean Pascal, qui a débarqué sur le plateau de tournage afin d'inviter ses amis à son traditionnel party du Nouvel An.

 

Corneille et Kristina Maria tournent le clip de Co-Pilot

Fabien Boileau, 24 HEURES, 21 décembre 2011

L'équipe de Bernard Nadeau s'affairait hier à tourner le vidéoclip de la version française de Co-Pilot, une chanson interprétée par Kristina Maria et Corneille, dans les couloirs du Palais des Congrès qui rappellent ceux d'une aéroport, ce qui en faisait l'endroit tout indiqué pour ce tournage. Destiné au Québec et à la France, ce titre, qui tourne en boucle à la radio, aura ses propres images à partir de la mi-janvier 2012.

 

Corneille et Kristina Maria sur le Co-Pilot

Fabien Boileau, AGENCE QMI, 20 décembre 2011

Corneille et Kristina Maria étaient au Palais des Congrès de Montréal hier pour tourner le vidéoclip de la version française de Co-Pilot, une chanson qui tourne beaucoup au Québec et en France. «Le courant musical R'n'B dans lequel je me suis toujours inscrit se «popifie» de plus en plus. C'est une opportunité pour moi de faire quelque chose qui me plaît dans un registre différent de celui auquel je suis habitué, j'essaie de nouvelles choses, je fais évoluer mon art», a expliqué Corneille qui s'est chargé de la version françse de cette chanson.

 

 

Tournage du vidéoclip Co-Pilot

Fabien Boileau, AGENCE QMI, 20 décembre 2011

MONTRÉAL – C'est dans les couloirs du Palais des Congrès de Montréal que l'équipe de Bernard Nadeau s'affairait mardi au tournage du vidéoclip de la version française de la chanson Co-Pilot, en compagnie de ses deux artistes protagonistes, Kristina Maria et Corneille.

Dès 7 h en matinée, l'équipe de tournage et les figurants arpentaient le Palais des Congrès de Montréal, choisi pour ses longs couloirs duveteux et ses plafonds qui rappellent ceux d'un aéroport.

«Le titre s'appelle Co-Pilot, c'est donc naturel que le clip se passe dans un aéroport ou du moins dans un lieu qui y ressemble», a souligné Kristina Maria.

Le dernier clip de la chanteuse, Let's Play, la mettait en scène dans une limousine et une chambre d'hôtel dans des tenues plutôt sexy. Le leitmotiv reste le même pour Co-Pilot. «Tout le clip est accès autour du party, nous sommes donc tous apprêtés pour y participer!» a poursuivi la chanteuse.

Vers 13 h, c'est fraîchement débarqué d'Haïti, où il était en concert dimanche dernier, que Corneille est arrivé sur les lieux du tournage. C'est lui qui signe l'adaptation française de Co-Pilot.

«Le courant musical R'n'B dans lequel je me suis toujours inscrit se “popifie” de plus en plus, a expliqué Corneille. Beaucoup d'artistes, comme Usher notamment, font des projets annexes résolument pop, c'est une démarche qui s'inscrit dans l'air du temps. C'est une opportunité pour moi de faire quelque chose qui me plaît dans un registre différent de celui auquel je suis habitué, j'essaye de nouvelles choses, je fais évoluer mon art.»

La rencontre des deux artistes n'est pas fortuite puisque c'est le producteur Vito Luprano - qui a signé Céline Dion chez Sony- qui a pensé à Corneille pour l'adaptation du titre. Avant mardi, les deux chanteurs ne s'étaient jamais rencontrés.

«Vito Luprano m'a appelé pour me proposer une adaptation en français. J'ai écouté [la chanson]; j'ai adoré. Je l'ai trouvée très efficace, mais je n'étais pas certain que ce soit vraiment pour moi donc je lui ai demandé un petit temps de réflexion. Je suis entré en studio de mon côté pour faire une démo du titre sans être trop convaincu du résultat. J'ai envoyé la démo à Vito qui l'a produite et mixée. Quand j'ai écouté le résultat final, j'ai tout de suite adhéré», a raconté Corneille.

Destiné au Québec et à la France, ce titre, qui tourne en boucle à la radio, aura ses propres images à partir de la mi-janvier 2012.3

 

Kristina Maria. future star de la pop!

Marie-Ève, FULL FILLE, Décembre 2011 - Janvier 2012

De la bombe! La belle Kristina Maria et Corneille prolongent l’été avec leur tune Co-Pilot! Cette chanson commence déjà à passer beaucoup sur les radios québécoises et on est fier d’entendre enfin Kristina sur nos ondes… les duos ont la cote ces temps-ci alors tant mieux! Et puis Corneille apporte vraiment une belle contribution à la chanson, qui est très catchy: on trippe sur Co-Pilot!

!Elle n’a que 22 ans et est promise à un bel avenir. Celle qui suit les traces des chanteuses pop de l’heure connaît un beau succès avec ses hits Let’s Play, FML X2 et Co-Pilot qu’elle chante avec Corneille et Laza Morgan. Portrait d’une jeune femme qui réalise un grand rêve.

Kristina Maria est née à Ottawa, de parents d’origine libanaise. Elle a deux frères aînés, qui font aussi de la musique et avec qui elle a une complicité extraordinaire. «Nous sommes très proches. Je suis la plus jeune, mais je ne me faisais pas taquiner par eux!» Quand on lui demande comment ça se passait chez elle lorsqu’elle était plus jeune, Kristina raconte qu’il régnait une belle harmonie musicale. «Il y avait beaucoup de musique chez moi, car un de mes frères joue de n’importe quel instrument et l’autre fait du rap, tandis que moi, je chante. Nous faisons des spectacles devant  notre famille, à Noël par exemple, c’était très plaisant!» Le goût de chanter est apparu très tôt chez Kristina. «Mes proches me disent que je m’intéressais à la musique avant de dire le mot «maman» (rires). À l’âge de quatre ans, j’ai même acheté la bande sonore du film Le garde du corps (The Bodyguard) de Whitney Houston et je m’amusais à l’imiter.»

En route vers le succès...

Celle qui se passionne pour le chant caresse depuis toujours le rêve de devenir chanteuse internationale un jour.»En 3e année, ma mère me demandait de faire mes devoirs et je lui répondais que les grandes chanteuses n’avaient pas besoin d’éducation - ce qui est totalement faux.» À l’école, Kristina était reconnue comme «la fille qui chante» et celle qui posait toujours des questions. «Jechantaise tout le temps, sans m’en apercevoir. Je faisais aussi des spectacles de chant à l’école. En classe, j’écoutais mes professeurs, un peu trop même. Je n’arrêtais pas de leur poser des questions, ils devaient me trouver fatigante (rires). Mais j’avais de bonnes notes quand même!»

En connaître sur Kristina

-Pour son disque, elle a travaillé avec JC Chasez de ‘N Sync.

-Sa boutique préféré? Urban Outfitters.

-De quel objet ne peut-elle pas se séparer? Son rouge à lèvres.

-Quel genre de fille est-elle? Quelqu’un qui rit tout le temps.

-Qu,est-ce qui lui manque le plus quand elle part à l’étranger? Son petit chihuahua, qu’elle considère comme son enfant. Elle y est très attachée.

-Son plus grand rêve? Être en nomination aux Grammys l’an prochain.

 

Spotted: Kristina Maria + on trippe sur Co-Pilot avec Corneille et Kristina!

Karine, HOLLYWOOD PQ, 5 septembre 2011

De la bombe! La belle Kristina Maria et Corneille prolongent l’été avec leur tune Co-Pilot! Cette chanson commence déjà à passer beaucoup sur les radios québécoises et on est fier d’entendre enfin Kristina sur nos ondes… les duos ont la cote ces temps-ci alors tant mieux! Et puis Corneille apporte vraiment une belle contribution à la chanson, qui est très catchy: on trippe sur Co-Pilot!

Ah… et SPOTTED Kristina, samedi, sur la rue Mont-Royal devant le resto de déjeuners Beauty’s!!

Pour entendre la chanson, cliquez ICI (le player est à gauche, en bas)!

 

Nouveauté vidéo: "FML X2" de Kristina Maria

Karine, HOLLYWOOD PQ, 6 juin  2011

Pour son deuxième vidéoclip, la Canadienne Kristina Maria prône le mot le plus utilisé sur Twitter ces temps-ci: FML (fuck my life)! Avec le clip FML x2, la belle lâche son fou et son funky.

 

Spotted: Kristina Maria à Virgin Radio

Karine, HOLLYWOOD PQ, 8 avril 2011 

La première chose que j’ai remarqué en voyant Kristina Maria en prestation à Virgin Radio ce midi, autre que c’est une sacrée belle fille faut l’avouer, c’est son côté funny: la belle était une vraie machine à blagues. Au fait, les gars, la prochaine fois que vous allez sortir en ville, ouvrez grand les yeux, Kristina est célibataire… et bilingue!

On a eu le droit a un scoop: on a pu voir le deuxième vidéoclip de Kristina, pour la chanson FML et sérieusement, autant Let’s Play roule en permanence à Virgin… autant FML est de la bombe et va surclasser le single: le vidéoclip est super!

 

Nouveauté vidéoclip: "Let's play" de Kristina Maria

Karine, HOLLYWOOD PQ, 20 décembre 2010 

On vous a parlé de Kristina Maria, notre découverte musicale de la semaine passée et l’on vous disait qu’elle allait sortir son premier vidéoclip et son album après les Fêtes, en janvier. Eh bien, il semble que les choses soient allées un peu plus vite que prévues pour la chanteuse puisque la vidéo de la chanson Let’s Play a vu le jour vendredi en soirée! Kristina Maria est une artiste à surveiller pour l’année 2011. Les gars, gâtez-vous ; )!

 

Nouveauté vidéo: Kristina Maria et "FML"

Karine, HOLLYWOOD PQ, 15 décembre 2010

« Life’s a bitch and then you marry one too! »

Aujourd’hui, il fait -11°C, mais avec le facteur Kristina Maria, la température vient d’atteindre les 15°C!!!

On vient de découvrir cette chanteuse, quoi que c’est difficile de la manquer, lui avez-vous vu le look… et même si elle chante en anglais, il est important de préciser quelle est Canadienne (originaire d’Ottawa) et qu’elle parle parfaitement français! Kristina travaille présentement à son premier album (composition et enregistrement des pièces) et on a hâte de voir son vidéoclip de Let’s Play, qui sortira en janvier. D’ici là, pour un buzz musical, écoutez FML, toune qui joue en boucle depuis ce matin dans nos écouteurs!

Ps: Kristina a déjà travaillé avec JC Chasez (‘N Sync): cool!

Audio • Vidéo

CBC News, 19 mars 2012
http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts

Partytonight.tv, 4 février 2012
http://www.partytonight.tv/tags-kristina-maria

Herby TV, 13 janvier 2012
http://www.herby.tv/2012/01/corneille-et-kristina-maria-making-of-du-videoclip/

Musimax, Musimag, 9 janvier 2012
http://www.musimax.com/emissions/musimag/

TVA, Salut Bonjour, 21 décembre 2011
http://tva.canoe.ca/emissions/salutbonjour/

Agence QMI, Canoë, 20 décembre 2011
http://fr.video.canoe.tv/recherche/kristina/

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