Kris Angelis – Romantic Moments Caught in a Photobooth
It is said that we fall in love with three people in our lifetime, and each for a specific reason. Kris Angelis’ new track ‘Photobooth’, which was released on May 11, 2018, captures an essence of the fleeting feeling of the young, first love that often happens at a time in our lives when we are exploring what love is for what we think we know what love is at that age; when we are willing to do just about anything, without a care in the world. During this time, we also experience the joy and the magic we get to play with, alongside exploring the romance of being young and with the world as our stage.
Kris Angelis is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/musician and has been living a life of music her entire life. Having grown up on a farm in Florida, she spent her childhood playing, running around the farm, making up songs with her twin sister and even composing their first song together at the age of three by teaching themselves to harmonize and experimenting with their voices. Her early musical influences were derived from her grandparents’ Rodgers and Hammerstein videos, her parents’ records, and the Lawrence Welk show; one of the few that came in on their TV. Kris recalls, “I would put on my parent’s vinyl records, which included the Beatles, the Eagles, the Archies, and even Strauss waltzes, and dance around, pretending to be the singer. I loved it! It was a great basis in melodies and harmonies. My mom says I’ve been singing since before I could talk and that I would sing melodies when I didn’t actually know words.” Her singing continued in the church choir, and when her family moved to California, in musical productions of the summer camps she attended. Through the discovery of the band Hanson, who were young siblings themselves at the time, it sparked the possibility of making music herself and she dived right into learning harmonies with her twin sister, Alix, taking full advantage of the way their voices worked together.
Kris first began learning guitar with the help of a musician friend, and then continued learning on her own. Diving into songwriting, her main inspirations included Brandi Carlile, Ray Lamontagne, Taylor Swift, Hanson, The Lumineers, Elton John, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, and Rachel Platten to only name a few. She adds, “It’s how I create, how I express myself. But it’s also a huge part of how I get through life. Music is a universal language. It evokes emotion. It resonates in our souls, it actually vibrates in our bodies. There’s a Victor Hugo quote that expresses exactly how I feel about it: ‘Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.’ That’s how songwriting has been for me.”
When asked about the inspiration behind her upbeat ‘Photobooth’ track and it’s bittersweet visit to nostalgia, she says, “Photobooth is based on a true story of a night when I went to a party and went into a photo booth. I thought it was the beginning of something and it turned out to be the end, but the memory of that night and all the wonderful feelings were captured in the photo booth and on that strip of paper. I’ve also always thought photo booths were so fun and romantic and I wanted to write a song about that magic of freezing a pure, spontaneous moment behind a curtain in a flash of light.”
Wanting to delve further into Kris Angelis as a musician, I asked the question, if there was a single message that you would want to put out there to make the world the kind of place that you would aspire to live in, what would that message be? She replies, “Consider others! Please don’t litter! Do all you can to not pollute the Earth. Be kind, loving, and inspiring. If someone is doing something that makes them happy and isn’t actually hurting anyone or anything, celebrate that with them or, at the very least, don’t take away their joy.”