Kreshia is a 19 year old R&B songstress who many have predicted to be
Canada's first Princess of R&B/Soul. Although she began recording halfway
through 2003, Kreshia has already caught the attention of industry play
In the short time that she has been recording, Kreshia has performed
at high-profile music showcases like the Chan International Urban Fest
at Klondike Days and the West Edmonton Mall Youth Expo, Sponge, which
featured BMG recording artist In Essence, The Rascalz and Shawn Desman.
A true Gemini, Kreshia says that one of her main goals is to create
a balance between raw emotional tracks that are filled with sentiment
and songs that make you want to dance and forget your troubles, an ability
she admires in the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul Mary J. Blige. "The emotion
she puts in music, I haven't yet conquered yet, but I want to work towards
putting that into my presentation," says Kreshia.
But the powerful soprano that croons songs of love didn't always want
to be a singer. At the age of 4, Kreshia was enrolled in the Sandra
Grey Dance Company where she trained in formal tap and jazz for six
years. When she was 8, Kreshia joined Movements the Afro-Caribbean Dance
Ensemble. As a dancer for Movements, Kreshia performed for many national
and international diplomats including Desmon Tutu. While attending Victoria
School of the Performing and Visual Arts, Kreshia had no idea singing
would later become her passion.
However, things changed in 2000 when her mother sent her to Jamaica
to learn about her culture. "My desire to become a singer was ignited
when I lived in Jamaica for one year," explains Kreshia. There she began
singing in a choir after being encouraged by a group of friends who
noticed her unique voice. "Before, I had always known the power music
had to evoke emotions. But for the first time I felt what it was like
to create those emotions through my singing," recalls Kreshia.
Like many independent artists, Kreshia writes her own music. But just
as her voice is unique, so is the process in which she pens her thoughts.
"When I'm in public and by myself I create my best music," explains
Kreshia. Drawing inspiration from life, Kreshia will often go to a coffee
shop with headphones, a CD full of beats, and a pen. She frequently
observes her surroundings searching for something in the environment
to write about.
With cameos on Edmonton hip-hop albums from the likes of Bigga Nolte
and Dirt Gritie (both of Politic Live fame), Kreshia has found new residence
in the vocal booth. Over the next year she plans on doing more collaborations
with musicians both locally and internationally, as well as other genres
outside of hip-hop and R&B/soul. Kreshia is presently attending a vocal
training coarse at Alberta College Conservatory, where she receives
instruction from Taylene Lyon, who is professionally trained in opera,
musical theatre, jazz, and contemporary.
Rock Auf Dem Vulkan #25
All music on this page © 2005 or earlier by Kreshia Turner.
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