A Connecticut native, Kristin began her musical training at Hartt School of Music at the age of 13. She continued her education at Syracuse University, where she majored in Musical Theater. Prior to launching her solo career, Kristin fronted the country dance band Ramblin Rose, and during that year (1996) she was nominated Best New Female Vocalist by the California Country Music Association.
House of Echoes is Kristin's debut CD, and features all original material, lyrics and music written by Kristin Banks. The songs are acoustic-based, and originally written on guitar. A contemporary pop project with country influences, House of Echoes was conceived to showcase Kristin's considerable songwriting and singing talents. Kristin's musical style has been most frequently compared to Celine Dion, Linda Ronstadt and Barbra Streisand.
House Of Echoes is currently being showcased on the internet site MP3.com, a revolutionary new distribution model for music (http://www.mp3.com). On March 27th, Kristin's song "City Of Angels" was named "Song of the Day" by the MP3.com staff. Over the next 2 days, it was listened to more than 3200 times by visitors to the site, and is currently ranked #1 on the MP3.com Love Songs chart and "Another Woman's Dream" is ranked highly as well. Other notable landmarks include "These Dreams Of Mine" (currently #2 on AAA chart) and "A Better World" being named as "Hot New MP3's" (March 29th and April 10th, respectively).
Kristin has recently formed an all-original acoustic based band called Velvet Charm. Combining her talents with fellow singer/songwriter Adam Slonim, Kristin will perform new material along with a variety of songs from House Of Echoes. They are preparing to enter the studio to record their debut CD, and look forward to performing live.
Kristin is also performing cover songs and original material with Cactus, a local country/blues band (voted 1996 Best Country Band, San Diego Music Awards) and they can be seen at several local venues. They look forward to their upcoming opening for Country legend Reba McEntire on May 21st. (For additional showdates, click here)