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Kris Berry

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A melting pot of Jazz, Country, Latin and Rhythm & Blues… it all comes together in a unique style.

Kris Berry - Marbles (2012)

Marbles. You know… those shining beautiful multi-coloured little balls made of glass. From time immemorial people have been playing with them. You can collect them; you can break your neck on them. As a southern saying goes someone with a hole in her bag of marbles is ‘a bit peculiar, deviant and different’. Kris Berry wrote a song about someone whose marbles rolled out of her bag: herself. And she named her album after the glittering droplets, because Marbles in this case also stand for what emerges from her ‘mind’, her ‘marbles’: twists, confessions, experiences, sensations.

You would not say if you see and hear her on stage, but it was quite a challenge for Kris Berry (1982) to take up singing. She grew up with a lot of music on the Antillean islands where she lived, as well as in the European cities where she has studied and worked. At family parties she was expected to sing, which she so stubbornly refused. But she kept listening. She absorbed country, Latin, ska, jazz and Cuban music like a sponge. Until she gathered enough confidence, tossed away her diffidence and went to sing with a jazz band. But she wanted more.

In 2011 she published her first EP. Five songs, including Flower Empty Tree in January played for the first time on radio by Giel Beelen. Radio 6 made her EP “Schijf van 6” (Disk of Six) and Kris was elected their first Soul & Jazz Talent.

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