By age 16, Cristina had picked up the guitar while studying at Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan and singing with a touring gospel choir. She continued her studies in Pittsburgh, PA at Carnegie Melon University combining her passion for singing and performance in Musical Theater. Today, Cristina’s breadth in musical training allows her to move like a chameleon across genres, singing everything from folk, to funk, and more recently, electronic dance music.
She met Chad Cisneros in 2007 and so began the EDM journey. As the main vocalist for Tritonal, Cristina’s ethereal vocals played an instrumental role in bringing the trio’s melodic, yet progressive trance to the forefront of the dance music scene.
Tritonal’s first performance with Cristina during SXSW in Austin launched them onto a new path of shows as a trio. On Dec. 31st, 2009, Cristina, Dave, and Chad had the opportunity to open for Ferry Corsten and ring in the New Year in a huge arena-style show. This eventually led the three to Moscow for their first International show at the legendary Gatecrasher in 2010. With the release of Tritonal’s debut artist album, Piercing the Quiet, 2011 was an explosive year of touring across the world. Cristina performed with Tritonal in 3 continents and headlined at the Palms in Las Vegas. This culminated with a home-coming show at Austin’s Emo’s East in December 2012 where Cristina sang to a sold-out crowd of nearly 2000 people.
In 2013, Cristina has spent the majority of her time in the studio finding a new musical direction and composing her first solo EP. While writing her EP, Cristina branched out into other forms of EDM, including trap, drum & bass, and ambient downtempo. She released her first trap tune, One Thing, with Gravitas Recording’s Psymbionic and it was remixed to heaven and back in a Gravitas remix contest. All of those winners can be found on Cristina’s Soundcloud. She also collaborated with The Digital Connection for a smooth, downtempo song called I Won’t Be. This type of experimentation has helped Cristina find her new sound and voice for a post-Tritonal era.
Cristina’s EP, Feels Like Real, will likely be released as a “b-side” following the releases of EDM versions of the songs. The first remix of the EP originals called Wasting Candles released in October 2014 under Enhanced Progressive as part of their 200th release. There are still 3 more tunes from the un-released EP that could find EDM life through remixes/re-interpretations in 2015.
Cristina continues to find new opportunities to grow as an artist in 2015, collaborating with heavy-hitters like Bassnectar for the release of ‘One Thing’, and the rising stars, Illenium and Said the Sky for ‘Painted White’. As the years pass, styles may change and songs come & go, but the current of music pulls Cristina stronger than ever.