Who is Kristinia DeBarge?
WHO IS KRISTINIA?
Pasadena, California native Kristinia DeBarge (pronounced: Kris-ti-neé-a), has been burning up on the radio with her relationship kiss-off first single “Goodbye”. The song, which features samples from Steam’s 1969 hit song “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Goodbye”, has been in heavy rotation on radio stations across the US and has been used for a popular Nivea commercial ad in 2009.
The young singer just released her debut album on Sodapop Music, the newest division of Island Def Jam Music, working with some of the hottest producers in the biz, including OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder and Babyface. Her debut features radio hit “Goodbye”, as well as her second single “Sabotage” and “Future Love”; which was previously released by boy band Varisty Fanclub. This August, Kristinia will join Britney Spears’ Circus Tour as an opening act along with Ciara.
RYTHMN OF THE FAMILY
Kristinia is the daughter of James DeBarge, the founding member of the 1980s R&B family music act named… what else? DeBarge. Kristina’s dad, along with her uncles Mark, Randy, El & Bobby and her aunt Bunny were one of Motown’s most popular acts during the 1980s and had spawned top 10 hits on Billboard’s R&B singles chart such as “Stop! Don’t Tease Me”, “All This Love”, and “Rhythm of the Night”. The latter proved a great success for the group when it was heard in the 1985 movie “The Last Dragon”.
AN AMERICAN JUNIOR
At only 19 years-old Kristinia is not just getting her toes wet in the music industry. At only 13, Kristinia was featured on the “American Idol” spinoff show “American Juniors” in 2003 where she sang the famous Disney song “Reflection” from the movie “Mulan”, which moved her into the first group of 10 semi-finalist. While Kristinia did not find success on that particular show, it was only the first step toward achieving her musical aspirations.
- Courtney Justice, August 2009
Inside the August/September 2009