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Rising Stars: Meet Kristen Ford

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Ford. 

Hi Kristen, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I started playing guitar at age 14, I had recently gotten super into Blink 182 and wanted to be able to play their songs. It wasn’t long before I started writing and singing my own music. I love using songwriting as a way to process the hard and the awesome aspects of life. I grew up in Massachusetts but moved to Chicago for college studying music business. I was working at a record label at the time and a colleague suggested I play 100 shows a year to get my music and performance to the next level. That was 2008 and every year (till covid hit) I have played over 100 shows, probably over 1500 over the years. Touring is a passion of mine; it’s brought me to 48 states and 6 countries. 11/11/21 I will release “War in the Living Room” it’s my 5th full-length album but first release on vinyl. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
In 2013 I was working 3 jobs in Boston while booking “the never-ending tour” and wrapping up my album “Dinosaur”. I had bought a Ford F150 van and added a bed and a little kitchenette and some storage for instruments to live and tour in it. While filling up the van the first time, I watched the gas price gauge just go up and up and up. Eventually over $100 for a full tank. I remember my heart sinking wondering, what the hell am I doing, how can I do this? I also was a nervous wreck the first time I slept in a Walmart parking lot. However, everything really did sort itself out. The money saved in rent and hotels made up for the cost of gas, and making the leap from hourly worker to full-time musician was the best decision of my life. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a multi-instrumentalist and a looper. I love to understand how lots of elements of music come together, from the composition to production to playing drums, piano, and most anything with frets. I pride myself on my one-woman looping band show, not too many acoustic guitarists are also beatboxers. I like to blur all the lines. 

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
I hope to see y’all on tour somewhere soon! And thanks for the checking out the new album “War in the Living Room” 

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Liz Cooper

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