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Kristina Jessen

Kristina was born in Western Canada and grew up in the beautiful nature of the Coast Salish region near Vancouver, BC. Kristina’s connection to harmony and voice combine with her classical violin background to create a folk-inspired sound, weaving elements of smooth yet powerful vocals with nuanced string arrangements derived from a breadth of genres and styles.
Kristina received the CreativeBC Career Development Grant in early 2022 and has focused her recent energies on producing two solo albums. She brings much to the table after 12 years of classical violin studies, various awards and scholarships, a debut solo EP in 2016, and an array of experience performing with others in bands and collaborations across genres including, bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, pop, and improvisation. She has toured and played across Canada, in Nashville, Colorado, and overseas. Kristina has contributed as a vocal and violin session musician to over 10 albums for various country, folk, and rock groups in the Vancouver area. She has been a member in touring country band, Me and Mae, and co-led a Vancouver local, folk-bluegrass band, Full Moon Riot, for over 7 years. Her passions have brought her to musical contributions in an array of contexts including corporate events, conferences, spiritual ceremonies, music festivals, the CTV morning show, choirs, farmer’s markets, etc. 
Kristina is currently the founder and artistic director of "Earth in Harmony", a non-audition community singing group in Salmon Arm, BC, with a repertoire of enlivening and heart-connecting music. In 2022 Kristina and family relocated to the Shuswap region of BC where she now lives, cultivating relationship, earth and community-based land stewardship, and of course new and ever expanding musical endeavours!
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