Kristin Chambers moves through American songbook with the easy grace that comes from a lifetime steeped in song. On her new record Unravel Me, the Seattle-based artist glides between luxurious, sweeping ballads cascading with multilayered vocal harmonies, folk-inflected uplifting pop, and bluesy laments to lost love; all tied together with a lilting voice warm as summer sunshine. While each composition stands on its own, together they paint a portrait of a creative spirit striding confidently into the spotlight.
Chambers honestly cannot remember a time in her life when she wasn’t singing and performing; whether for imaginary friends in her childhood bedroom or sold out crowds at venues across the pacific northwest. “Since I can remember there has always been a song to sing and a story to tell” says Chambers. “From that same time, I always had a journal, and the desire to record my experiences.”
This singing and writing followed Chambers from school and college to the New York City theater scene. Through talent, persistence, and plain ol’ grit Chambers started to make headway, landing both an agent and call-backs for some Broadway production. Then September 11thhappened and everything changed. “There was something about the desperation and honesty of that time that got to the root of whether I desired to go on in theater” Chambers tells. “The answer was inevitable no.” She packed her bags and headed home to Seattle.
Recovering, reflecting, and ruminating on art and life, Chambers came to realize that she’d basically been writing original music her whole life, but had never matched the melodies in her head to the musings captured in countless journals. “I wrote my first song before I even knew what the chords were” she laughs, “I had to ask someone!” These days Chambers is coming up one one-hundred-twenty originals, and she writes a song a week.
Chambers career as a recording artist began with the 2010 release of her eponymous debut LP, followed by 2012’s Endless RoadEP. Chambers released the ambitious, mature Everything Woman (2014) was followed by her award-winning 2015 release Snow Globe, a mix of five originals and five holiday classics.
While Chambers’ music shifts through a varied palate of moods and tones, as a whole it paints a cohesive portrait of a songwriter who has not only become a master of her craft but is also comfortable wearing that mantle. “I always want people to feel hope when they listen to my music” says Chambers. “I try to write from my authentic self, and I hope that comes through.” Chambers songs glow with palpable realness, and satisfy in the way only truly honest art can.