Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New York's Krissy Krissy Continues to Dream Big

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New York's Krissy Krissy Continues to Dream Big

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As far as Krissy Krissy is concerned, coming to perform in Pittsburgh this weekend is part of a big dream coming true.

But, as Miss Krissy points out, dreams are relative. They come in all shapes and sizes and vary from person to person.

"I don't come from much," said Miss Krissy, a 25-year-old Brooklyn native who still lives with her mother. "I used to dream about Barbies. I used to dream about getting a new pair of sneakers for Christmas. That was dreaming big for me. I would dream about getting cable. When we did, I was like, 'Yes, I can finally talk with my classmates about the channels that they're watching.' So my perspective differs from others.

"Getting my own house is a big dream of mine. Getting my mom her own apartment. Every little thing that happens is a dream come true."

It's no coincidence that the first single from her debut album was "Dream."

Miss Krissy was born Krislyn Rivera, the fifth of six children raised in the working-class neighborhood of Bushwick. Her father was a pastor for a Pentecostal Church, where he played guitar and sang, and there was music all around. Miss Krissy, however, was kicked out of the choir and the church for kissing a girl at the age of 15. Still, she hung on to her guitar and her dream. She was "discovered" singing in a karaoke bar and has hooked up with a manager and a musicians that are helping her reach her goals.

"I was stuck writing in New York and I just had to get out," she said. "I had to get into another environment. I got on a bus and went to Philadelphia and met some other writers. We just stayed in a room and pulled the curtains down until something came out of it."

She returned to New York with songs that, after six weeks of studio work, would become her first EP. That led to spot dates performing in different parts of the country.

Only recently, her manager told her he had lined up her first major city-to-city tour, opening for Hunter Valentine.

"It's everything I imagined," Miss Krissy said. "I still have to figure out places to sleep and keep my manager awake while he drives. It's a grind. …

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