KirstenBornkessel2In the balancing act of life, singer-songwriter Kirsten Bornkessel finds her craft to be a grounding force. Not yet in her 20s, the New England native is passionate about writing her own material.

Kirsten has been performing regularly around the Boston area. Songwriting, she says, “Makes me feel as though I can express myself much more than just having a conversation with somebody. Whenever my emotions are heightened, I’ll sit down at a piano and come up with a simple chord progression. I write lyrics while playing the chords, so essentially whatever I’m thinking spills out into a melody.” Bornkessel’s newest material was a collaboration with the New York-based producer Alex Houton of AHM Media (Jennifer Lopez, Panic at the Disco, Jet). Mixed by the GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Brian Vibberts (Elton John, Faith Hill, Green Day), the upbeat, modern pop songs include the heartfelt “Gasoline,” “Sunrise,” and “Heavy,”—all of which are inspired by Kirsten’s own romantic experiences.

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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?

My musical genre is usually pop. I enjoy songs that are upbeat, laid back and fun.

How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?

I am using my birth name. There isn't really any story behind why I am using my birth name except for the fact, there are not too many people with my name so I thought it would be good to use it for music name.

What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?

Over the years, my music influences have changed but currently they are Coldplay, Martin Garrix and Billie Eilish.

What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?

I am currently working on releasing new singles at this time. I just release my song, "Gasoline" which was produced by NY producer Alex Houton from AHM Media and mixed by Brian Vibberts of Vibberts Mixing. I will be releasing two more singles in the next few months called, "Sunrise" and "Heavy".

What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?

My ultimate goal is to be able to inspire others with my music as well as performing my music around the world. My plan of action is to continue writing more music and making sure everyone can listen to it.

What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?

I have another original called "Enough" and is currently my favorite track to perform. I have not yet performed my new releases yet but I am looking forward to performing them in the near future.

What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?

My biggest challenge in my career so far is finding the time to write music. Another challenge is I often compare myself to other teen musicians my age who are farther along.

What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?

My typical songwriting process is I usually come up with a chord progression first and then I add lyrics as I go along.

How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?

Social media has really helped me a lot to put myself out there to get others to listen to my music. It's exciting when people around the world can listen to my songs.

What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?

Fix You by Coldplay
All I Want by Kodoline
Papercut by Zedd

What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?

I participated in a lot of theater shows before I started making music. Participating in plays especially musicals inspired me to sing and start writing my own music at a very young age.

Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?

My advice would be if someone has a passion for music, they should keep doing it everyday and keep learning. They should also stay true to themselves.

What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?

If I were a top music executive, I would give people with a small following a chance regardless of how many social media followers they have.

How Do You Feel About Originality?

I feel originality is the essence of an individual.  

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