Born and raised in Brooklyn with horizon in her eyes, Kris Delmhorst was early a wanderer. City girl to subsistence farmer, classical cellist to schooner cook, she hitchhiked Ireland with a fiddle on her back and crossed the U.S. at eye level more than once. Eventually Kris settled in the thriving Boston music scene of the 90's and fell in with the crowd at Hi-n-Dry studio, where she cut two albums with Morphine's Billy Conway and embarked on a life of national and international touring.
The arc of Kris' career has been just as restless and searching, with her last three albums showcasing the range and depth that have become her trademark. The 2006 release Strange Conversation reanimates the work of famous poets while effortlessly merging the classic forms and sounds of American music (“…a remarkable album…as seamless and brave as it is brilliantly creative” – Irish Times). From 2008, Shotgun Singer - largely self-recorded by Kris in a rural cabin - boasts a collection of elegant, lucid, and haunting originals set in a lushly cloistered sonic landscape, like a field recording of the soul (“A tour de force of singing, writing and production that gains in richness with each repetition” – Performing Songwriter). With 2011's Cars, Kris pays playful, soulful tribute to one of her early musical loves with a set of tunes from new-wave masters The Cars, performed with largely acoustic instruments and a righteous ensemble of girl backup singers (“A top-class acoustic reinterpretation” – Telegraph UK).
After many years on the road and a string of critically acclaimed albums, the through-line that reconciles these artful twists and turns is Kris' warm, enveloping voice, a bright immediacy on stage, and a catalog of songs whose emotional aim is unfailingly true.
Now based in western Massachusetts and raising a young daughter with husband and fellow songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, Kris is at work on a new album of originals slated for 2013 release.