HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Kristine Mills, "Blonde Bombshell Outta the Old School"

In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.

What are you nominated for? Best Pop Artist.

Please list all of your regular band members and what instruments they play. Kristine Mills, vocals and guitar; David Craig, bass; Stephan Badreau, guitar; Mike Owen, guitar; Darrell Lavagne, piano; Vernon Daniels, drums; Ilya Janos, percussion.

Describe yourself or your band in four to seven words. "Blonde, bombshell outta the old school."

"She performs like a mockingbird on steroids."

Both quotes from the Press...

Who is your single biggest musical influence and why? Sting: amazing musician, songwriter, storyteller and performer.

What recordings do you have readily available? bossanovafied, asYETuntitled, "Patch of Green" (single), "Silhouette" (single), MUSIC, Playing with the Big Boys LIVE; all on iTunes and CD Baby.

Have you ever been HPMA-nominated before? When and what for? Winner of Best Songwriter (2010) and Best Female Vocalist (2009). Nominated [previously] for Musician of the Year, Best Jazz.

Where and how often do you perform (publicly) around Houston? All over Houston several times per week. Also performing in New York City.

What is the next step for you? Continue to build our Houston and New York City audiences and get national and international radio play for the new CD, asYETuntitled.

Finish this sentence: "Houston music is..." Dynamic!

Kristine Mills' HPMA Showcase spot is 7 p.m. Sunday, August 4 at Ben's Beans, 1302 Dallas. See more information on her at kristinemillsmusic.com or facebook.com/kristinemillsmusic.

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