Jazz Vocalist Kris Russell was born and raised in Sacramento, California. As a teenager she discovered her passion for singing jazz music, but recalls singing from the early age of seven years old. While most of her friends were listening to folk and rock music, Kris was listening to and learning from her parents and their vast collection of jazz recordings. Both her parents were working jazz musicians, and together they formed the Jerry Murphy Quartet entertaining in and around Sacramento and Northern California for over 40 years.
Deeply influenced by jazz, singing came naturally for Kris. On those warm, sunny, afternoons in Sacramento learning and singing in her parents’ home, she studied the great jazz singers such as Anita O'day, June Christy, Julie London, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sheila Jordan to name a few. These singers introduced her to ballads, swing, the Great American Songbook, cool jazz, bebop, and traditional jazz among other styles. Her musical style was also heavily influenced by Boss Nova and Samba, spending many hours studying, listening and learning the styles of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Marcos K Valle Leny Andrade, Astrud Gilberto, Sergio Mendez, and Elis Regina and others. Her love of composer Cole Porter inspired her to choose one of his most famous songs for her debut CD.
Her second and latest CD released on May 15, 2017 is influenced by a more recent Her latest CD released on May 15, 2017 is influenced by a more recent contemporary jazz artist with a very contemporary Bossa Nova sound, and that newest single is a Michael Franks song titled Down in Brazil.” Her first release, I Concentrate on You garnered a good deal of radio airplay on Smoothjazz.com Global Radio, Jazz Radio Network , Radio Sky Music Jazz, Mood Media and it's 580,000 locations around the globe, Xenox Media in 20 countries and 50,000 media outlets, CJazzChannel, Smooth Jazz Boston WJMX, radio stations, in France, Italy, Denmark, Canada and many other USA and European radio stations , and was also featured on the TM Century Compilation Gold Disc on 8/26/2016 , which included various other popular recording artists.....see her website at http://www.krisrusselljazz.com/