Singer and songwriter Chris Jamison went from studying musical theater as a kid to spending his college years in Columbus, Ohio playing acoustic shows at local restaurants and bars. In 2014, he jumped at the opportunity to audition for the seventh season of NBC’s The Voice. With Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine as his coach, he eventually finished third as Pharrell Williams claimed, “Chris Jamison to me was nothing short of magical!” He racked up over 400,000 sales, making him “one of the best-selling artists in the show’s history.” Chris peaked at #5 on the iTunes Albums charts with the release of his debut EP titled I Am Chris Jamison in August of 2016, and is currently working on new music that is set to be released this spring.
A confident, radiant Los Angeles native, Kirsten Arian brought her ethereal pop sound from the west coast to the Country Music Capital Of The World, showcasing the sound of Nashville is moving progressively towards a new era.” Moving to Nashville allowed me to fall in love with the art of music and the incredible community behind it. A lot of people would laugh at me formoving to Nashville from LA to do pop music, but there is this huge buzz happening with pop in Nashville. Instead of being lost in LA, I get to be someone who helps build the pop community here, which is a thrill for me.”
She is, put simply, effervescent! “The goal is for my songs to sound like Rose soda: upbeat, light, classy and fun,” Kirsten says of her own music.
In her first Nashville venture, Arian beat out 400 contestants in Nashville’s Music City Breakthrough talent competition, establishing herself in a world of noise as a frequency to tune into. She signed to RareSpark Media Group and hit the studio to record her debut album Higher Than Heaven, most of which she wrote at age 18. Her debut garnered the attention of MTV who promised, “You may not have heard of Kirsten Arian yet but, trust me, you will soon. ”The album led to features on iHeartRadio’s 107.5 The River and Nashville’s independent radio station, Lightning 100. Popdust called the album“ …one of the most alluring projects in all of pop in 2015.”
Opportunity knocked for Arian to write a song for The LEGO Batman Movie. She hit the ground running, completing the song “Invincible ”in just 3 hours with her Australian co-writer and producer, Lindsay Rimes. “Invincible ”comes out on The LEGO Batman Movie soundtrack on February 3, and the film’s theatrical release is on February 10.
Though she’s achieved great success in a little time, Arian remains grateful, counting her blessings, one of the biggest of which is that she gets to be a music artist.
“In the last few years of my life, I’ve felt more alive than I’ve ever been because of the risks I’ve taken and deciding to follow the spirit wherever it takes me,” she says. “It has been terrifying at times, but ultimately it’s led me to the greatest places I could have ever imagined. I want to help take other people to those places and remind them to be free. Life doesn’t have to be boring. Everyday can be some sort of adventure if you let it.”