Hometown: Napa Valley, California
Instruments: Guitar and Piano
Dream Duets: Def Leppard, Pink Floyd, Brian Adams or Big & Rich.
Kristen McNamara got started singing as soon as she "could make noise." But singing in chorus at school and church was not enough for Kristen, she yearned for more. Starting with nothing but a tape of Patsy Cline singing "Crazy," Kristen trained herself to sing every song perfectly. She thought that when recording in a studio, you only had one chance to get it right. That thinking trained young Kristen for her soon to be successful career.
Kristen, whose vocal range spans four octaves, has had the opportunity to open for great country acts such as Lonestar, Collin Raye, Diamond Rio, Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Chesney, Kevin Sharp, Travis Tritt and Glen Campbell. She's performed everywhere from California to New York, and worked with a number of legendary producers like Andy Goldmark, Guy Roche, Narada Michael Walden, Gary Cirimelli and D. Scott Miller.
Recently, Kristen released her second CD, Restless, which includes four songs that she wrote, as well as seven other original songs. The San Francisco Chronicle has described her as "the next Celine Dion or the NEW Patsy Cline." While Mike Thomas of the Pacific Sun wrote "she has an uncommon vocal blend of God-given pipes and emotional reach -- she's a precociously gifted country pop artist."
FUN FACTS ON KRISTEN MCNAMARA
What celebrity do people say you look like?
Marilyn Monroe and Britney Spears.
What's on your playlist?
God Bless the USA, Def Leppard "Hysteria", Patsy Cline "Hits"
The craziest or most daring thing I have ever done...
I did a series of things to make money besides selling my chicken's eggs on the corner when I was little. While sneaking out of day care, I ran down the street and picked flowers out of the California state senator's yard, knocked on his door, told him I was selling flowers to raise money, and he bought them! My mom almost had a heart attack.
What three things couldn't you live without?
My musical talents, the sunny beach and love.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
"Dream" is my 5-pound toy rat terrier. She's over 2 years old and that's how long I have lived here in Nashville.
What is your favorite food? ice cream flavor?
Pink bubble gum ice cream with sprinkles.
What are your hobbies outside of music?
Hunting, fishing -- I have my Tennessee fishing license -- painting, swimming, bouncing off the walls.
What's the first album you ever bought?
Oh dear, that's not cool: it was The Simpsons Soundtrack. It's sad, shut up.
What is your favorite video or board game?
Old school Mario Brothers, and Duck Hunt.
What is your astrological sign?
Leo -- Run for your life!
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