Kristen Plati

FRESH: ‘Wanna Be’ – Kristen Plati

Kristen Plati releases “Wanna Be”

Australian born, NYC based singer Kristen Plati kicks off 2021 with her new single, “Wanna Be”, the follow up to “Stone”. The song is an R&B-pop anthem that deals with finding your strength in a toxic relationship and gaining the strength to be able to walk away when its what’s best for you. Kristen gives it her all vocally as she lays down her cards and states her position more than clearly! This is emotional pop at its very finest.

“Wanna Be” was written at a time of uncertainty and self-doubt, this highly personal and thoughtful song explores the repetitive nature of a toxic relationship, and knowing when you need to leave. The song was written by Kristen Plati, produced by Jevares Myrick and recorded in NYC at Lounge Studios with Mike Kuz and represents her first new music since her debut album, “Fine Me Lost”, was released in 2019.

Born and raised in Perth, Kristen started singing lessons at just five-years-old. She was immediately hooked and took to the stage soon after that: whether in a chorus or solo, She sang at shows, concerts and competitions around Perth, gaining local acclaim and experience in the industry. She also studied various musical instruments, including piano. After graduating high school, Kristen attended the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), where she earned an Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Voice and a Certificate II in Musical Theatre. Unsure of what area within music she most wanted to pursue, Kristen moved to New York City to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she earned her Associates Degree in Acting.

Kristen fell in love with the gritty grind of New York, but still found herself unsure of her genre or voice. On one particularly challenging day, she set up a small keyboard in her tiny New York City apartment and began pouring her heart out, spending hours lost in melody and lyrics. After exploring everything from musical theatre to R&B and pop, Kristen began to discover her unique sound, which seamlessly translates across various genres and stylings. Since then, Kristen has continued to develop her songwriting skills and perform across the city.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!