Kristen Tivey, a singer-songwriter from Falmouth, Massachusetts, has been performing around Brooklyn and Manhattan for the past year. The Indie International Songwriting Contest recently awarded Kristen 5th place in their folk category for her song “Soil and the Sea.” In summer 2013, she released a 4 track EP of one of her live performances at The Bitter End.
Kristen grew up in a small coastal town on Cape Cod, playing the piano starting at age 4 and saxophone starting at age 8, and writing pop songs with her brother in the backseat of their parent’s car on summer road trips. At age 15 she added guitar to the mix, stealing her brother’s and teaching herself how to play. While piano and saxophone provided a valuable musical foundation, songwriting was Kristen’s approach to learning the guitar, and for the first year she could only play songs she had written. In college at Vassar College, she finally began sharing her songs with her community, and by the end of four years she was being booked to play the school’s festivals and music fundraisers, as well as performing once a semester for the audition-only songwriter sessions. Her senior year she recorded her first tracks in the form of a self-released 3 track EP entitled ‘Soil and the Sea.’
Over the past eight years, Kristen’s playing style has evolved into a blend of partial capo use, finger-picking, and fuller rhythmic strumming. Her songs give a glimpse inside her personal experience, often dispensing a snippet of youthful wisdom or a careful observation. Her catchy melodies and clear voice provide an easy entrance to her deeper lyrics. Kristen’s live performances give a taste of her honesty and genuine emotion which, when combined with the stories she shares, create a wonderful connection and memorable experience.
Shortly after moving to Brooklyn in the summer of 2012, Kristen both created her own stop-motion music video to her popular song ‘Soil and the Sea,’ but also gave herself the task of recording one of her old songs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This resulted in the 21 track album ‘first songs,’ which stands as an example of her extensive self-written repertoire, and gives an in depth look into her growth as a songwriter. The next summer, Kristen released her most recent work to date: a 4 track album recorded live at The Bitter End.
Kristen is currently playing shows and recording her first full-length album.
Kristen's songs always impress and amaze me! She has a knack for using simple metaphors to describe emotions and situations that we've all experienced and can relate to. I love Soil and the Sea. It's simple yet poignant in a tune that's wonderful to sing along to!! She's the best.
review written by: Mollison
"Soil and the Sea" carries a light-hearted melody with witty lyrics about organic solidarity. The ukulele entrances you almost as much as Kristen's voice. I listened to it live at Pop In in Paris four years ago, and I've loved it ever since!
review written by: Dani Carrillo
This song is absolutely amazing, I've loved Kristen's music since forever. the video she made for it is also adorable http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOnJys0Vd8Y
review written by: Julianna
Kristen is such a creative song writer. Love this version of this song!
review written by: Brian Switzer
I've had the great pleasure of recording some of Kristen's music. Soil and the Sea is one of my favorite songs. The rhythmic and cheery uke combines well with her lyrics. Kristen has always been a great lyricist and Soil and the Sea is lyrically very strong too. Her words are honest and relatable; a quality that makes all of her fans confident she has much success ahead of her.
review written by: Johnny Woj