Lowe and her late sister, Jenna Lowe, shared a love of music but, when Jenna died from a rare terminal lung condition, Kristi took a step back from performing and writing to allow herself time to heal with her family.
Having come to terms with her loss, and reignited her passion for writing, she has
forged ahead with re-establishing herself as an artist who believes in the healing power of music.
The 25-year-old singer and songwriter said, “Music has been a source of immense comfort, inspiration and joy in my life, and my wish is that my music provides the same hope for others.”
With her new single This Moment released last week, the bells of pop stardom ring out announcing the arrival of this musical soul.
Lowe sees music as an instrument for connection and communication and is dedicated to writing about subjects and experiences that she is passionate about.
We chatted last week…
I am a singer/songwriter and performing artist.
Everything. Music has gotten me through the hardest times in my life. It has provided me with comfort, distraction, connection, and a means to communicate how I’m feeling when words don’t seem to cut it.
And now it’s my career and my livelihood, it’s what I do all day every day!
Storytelling, connection, and healing. Every song I write speaks to an aspect of myself and my experience of the world around me, they are always about things that I am passionate about.
Everything in life is better when shared with those you love – the hard times become a little less hard, and the good times are all that much better!
I really don’t enjoy the concept of ‘fame’ and the connotations it has. I think that the goal for me is to find a community of people who relate to and connect with my music, and with whom I can share a part of myself.
When my passion and love for music are gone – so never!
Black Coffee, Goldfish, Bongeziwe Mabandla. I am about to start working on a collaboration with DJ Cosher in the next few weeks.
Outdoors – the beach, a walk in the forest, really anywhere in nature.
Definitely a tie between performing and recording in the studio - I absolutely love being on stage and sharing music with a live audience, I also love being in the studio and creating something new to share with the world.
One of my favourite covers to throw into any set is Dreams by Fleetwood Mac, I absolutely love that song and it always gets the crowd going.
I was once wearing a halter-neck dress that nearly fell clean off me in the middle of a performance! Would have been quite the show!
My parents. They are a constant inspiration to me – I don’t know any two people who have been through so much and yet continue to be there for each other, for me and for everyone in their lives. They truly make the most of every moment and live life to the fullest!
Zendaya, Bella Hadid, and Rihanna.
My mom, she is the strongest woman I know and a constant inspiration to me.
A still-life painting painted by my grandfather.
Margaritas - I’m a tequila girl.
A huge dream of mine would be to open for Dua Lipa.
My music always contains a message and is often written about topics that I think are hugely important.
My friends love to call me ‘Krisp’ and ‘Krispy-Kreme’, and my family has so many nicknames for me I’ve lost count!
I would choose something where I was working with people, like coaching or counselling.
Caring, creative, genuine, resilient, and passionate.
Girl Crush by Florence Given - partially because I love Florence Given, and partially because my last release was called Girl Crush, so I had to read it!
Someone Like You by Adele was quite literally the song that changed my life – I sang it during my first ever live performance at my school fair. That was the beginning of my music career!
My family, my friends, and my animals.
The Afrikaans word ‘Pantoffles’ (slippers)
Travel the world performing music and connecting with people.
I would say coming out the other side of a period of depression after losing my sister, finally getting off anti-depressants and re-discovering my passion for life, music and performing.
How incredibly difficult it is and how little help there is for small and emerging artists who are trying to break into the music industry.
Losing more of my family.
Human connection - whether that be time spent with family and friends, shared moments with strangers or connecting with a crowd through music.
Be composed - with my career staring so young and for such a difficult reason, I developed strong coping mechanisms to protect myself… but as I grow as a performer, I’m getting better and better and letting my guard down and letting my audience get to know the real me!
That you are enough just as you are.
The journey of my music career – from singing pretty much only Adele covers with backing tracks, to performing jazz covers with a jazz band and finally to performing my own original music with a full live band.
I’m the social media manager for the Jenna Lowe trust and I often foster dogs and cats and help to find them permanent homes.
My dream is that my music resonates with enough people that I can build a substantial enough audience that I can make living and travel the world doing what I love – creating and performing my original music!