Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist, Backing Vocalist Kristie McCracken is one of Vancouver’s most promising vocal talents. She is a WCMA 2016 ‘Urban Artist of the Year’ nominee for her debut solo album titled ‘Let Go & Grow’. The album showcases her vocal talent but also hints at the breadth of her songwriting – ranging from heavily latin inﬂuenced acoustic numbers like “Lullaby”, a song written to her brother while he struggled with addiction, to the neo-soul and even vintage soul sounds of “Retrograde” and “Where Are You”. The album is produced by Patrick Watson Quine of Watson Unlimited Music, and features a song co-written and produced by 3-time Grammy award winner Chin Injeti.
She is also a member in Vancouver based bands Maiwah and Buckman Coe, and has performed alongside legends such as Jim Byrnes, Ken Boothe, Leroy “Heptones” Sibbles, Barrington Levy, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Toots and the Maytals. Other internationally acclaimed artists Kristie has performed with include Shaggy, Easy Star All Stars, Kae Sun, Taj Weekes and Adowa, and Steele.
She was a part of the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Program as a teenager and volunteered for two years at Saint James Music Academy while studying music at University of British Columbia. She will graduate in June 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy at Capilano University after completing her internship in the Burn, Trauma, High Acuity Unit at Vancouver General Hospital as well as Edmonds Community School in Burnaby, BC.
Kristie is currently crafting her next full length album with the help of friend and colleague Patrick Watson Quine of Watson Unlimited Music. She aims to raise awareness to the human potential for positive environmental and humanitarian change. Her newly released single titled “Love is the Answer” was inspired by her work in Music Therapy with refugee families from Syria, Iraq, and Azerbaijan. It’s tasty neo-soul groove invites listeners to open their hearts and lead with compassion and kindness. Kristie’s new album is sure to make an impression.