Originally from Simi Valley California, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Kristen Castro is an independent artist known for using music to transcend boundaries. Since the age of ten, she’s been creating songs that challenge genre divisions, combining elements of folk, pop, electronica, hard rock, country, Americana, and punk into a distinctive style all her own. Her solo songs incorporate a wide range of electronic, digital, and analog sounds, from electric to acoustic guitar, mandolin to bass, piano to synth, and banjo to computer keyboard percussion. Castro’s early experiences playing in metal bands began a deep appreciation for rhythm and power that still informs her music today.
She spent six years touring the country as a founding member and key instrumentalist for popular indie- country trio Maybe April, appearing in major publications like Billboard, Paste Magazine, and CMT, and sharing the stage with icons Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, and Gavin DeGraw during GRAMMY week in 2014, and opening for Sarah Jarosz and Brandy Clark in 2016.
Now a genre-defying solo artist based in Nashville, Castro makes music with a dark sensibility and cool sweetness reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins. Her latest singles showcase her ability to transform abstract sensation into tangible, relatable music that feels both effortless and complex at the same time. Castro’s first single “Bloom” drops in July, with two other singles “Indigo” and “Surrender” coming in August and September. Catch her live debut August 1-4 at Mile of Music in Appleton, WI (www.mileofmusic.com).