Who is Kris Stephens? Many passers-by would mistake her for a beauty queen. As striking as she may be, the singer/songwriter is excited about the metamorphosis that is about to occur. No longer is the Grammy nominated writer satisfied with roles behind the scenes. She is pursuing a brighter future in the forefront as a solo artist.
Growing up in Maryland, Kris Stephens’ grandparents fostered her love for the church, and she applauds them for creating both a musical appreciation and platform to pursue her music career. As a child, she looked up to Mariah Carey for her five octave vocal range, and as a teenager she trained her voice daily listening to Gospel great Kim Burrell’s devotionals. Never a dream deferred, the ambitious nineteen year old Stephens left her corporate job as an Executive Assistant to the Asst. Superintendent of METRO, ditched her upscale condo, along with her college career at Towson University and moved to Atlanta to pursue her dream as an artist; while working with music producer, Eric Parham. Her passion, drive, and spiritual beliefs guided her to work with the prestigious Marvin Studios where she trained in choreography, vocal theory, and media. It was later that she met Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/producer TANK where he took her under his wing as his current protégé. As an industry vet, TANK literally took the driver’s seat to hone in on her writing skills and catapult her distinct sound and style as a solo artist.
The dynamic duo has embarked on an illustrious writing catalog for the likes of Pleasure P, Ginuwine, Keyshia Cole, and Letoya Luckett. Like every good teacher is to his pupil, TANK has developed her craft so that her talents are not deferred as an up and coming solo artist. Her competitive nature is a derivative from her participation in sports since childhood. This character trait serves as a determining factor that she is ready to shine along with her mentor TANK, as opposed to remain in the convenience of his shadow. Her drive for continued success has prompted TANK to showcase her talents as the inaugural artist of Sound Base Entertainment. Stephens’ discipline and versatility resonates in the studio where she has written all of her original songs. As an artist, she appreciates the variation of all musical styles and genres.
The aspiring pop singer has a distinctive voice that is incomparable to many female vocalists in the industry. When asked about her vocal sound, she clearly states that she is not a belter. She goes on to share that, “My tone has been compared to the international icon Sade which is very inviting, hypnotizing, and easy to listen to.” TANK has even endorsed her sweet sound to the likes of Aaliyah. Her inspirations and musical style come from the likes of: Brandy, Aaliyah, and Sade because of their distinct resonance and unrivaled musicianship.
The sky is the limit for this young lady that encompasses the total package of beauty and talent. She makes her debut on TANK’s latest single: Compliments, with a feature from Grand Hustle hip hopper T.I. who has taken an interest to ensure the success of her upcoming projects.
This young lady has high hopes because she wholeheartedly believes in the gift of favor. Her Christian beliefs, loyal team, and humble spirit will ensure that her career as a solo artist is catapulted into the right direction. Kris Stephens is not afraid to step out on faith. As a matter of fact, she credits her faith as the source behind garnering notoriety behind the scenes, and her vocal abilities as a solo artist will make lasting impressions in the music industry to sustain a stellar future.