With a life steeped in music and performance, Kiirstin Marilyn isn't just at home on the stage - she was born to it.
After a childhood focused on theater - culminating with a B.A. in musical theater and an extended role in a nationally touring Broadway revival of Cabaret - Kiirstin entered the world of live, original music by joining Hoboken-based progressive rock band Ground To Machine. In 2007, with Kiirstin as their lead, GTM won the Break Contest, which earned them a place on the Bamboozle stage and later that year played the Saints & Sinners festival headlined by Glassjaw.
Inspired by the band's success and looking to grow as an artist, Kiirstin left Ground To Machine to form Verity In Stereo - a genre-bending jazz/rock quintet that achieved much local success. Verity In Stereo repeatedly headlined Asbury Park's legendary Stone Pony, opened for Cobra Starship and 3OH!3 for the finale of MTV's Too Fast For Love Tour, enjoyed regular air play on college, internet, and commercial radio (including a spotlight feature by 95.9 WRAT's Maria Mar), were nominated for the 2011 Best Avant-Garde Asbury Music Award (Kiirstin was also nominated for Best Female Vocalist), and named RAW:NYC's Musician of the Year for 2011.
True to her inimitable, boundless ambition, Kiirstin closed a year of great achievement by enlisting the producing talents of Brian DeNeeve (From Autumn To Ashes) and Todd Weinstock (Glassjaw; Men, Women, and Children) for her debut solo EP, Something to Die For, an intensely personal venture that nonetheless defied the notion of genre boundaries. Mixing big-band orchestration, hip-hop percussion, R&B melodies, and vocals that soar from Jazz Age crooning to heartbreaking intimacy and everything between, Kiirstin crafted a sound as eclectic and remarkable as the woman herself - deeply grounded in musical history yet endlessly inventive. After debuting her EP at the legendary Bitter End in March of 2012 she went on to win her second RAW: Musician of the Year title – this time as Kiirstin Marilyn - toured regionally in the US as well as internationally with shows in London, England, Toronto, Canada, and the YouBloom festival in Dublin, Ireland.
In the summer of 2013, Kiirstin began working with producer, Benny Reiner, and released her first collaboration with Reiner, a single called “The Struggle,” in December of 2013 to much acclaim. In May of 2014 she released their second collaboration, “Long Time Coming,” along with a video directed by Greg Lassik of Endless Wave Studios. She is currently working on a sophomore EP with Reiner, Ghosts, set to be released early 2015, and just recently released another collaboration with Greg Lassik, a horror inspired music video for the title track.
In the past year Kiirstin also enlisted the drumming talents of Matt Reardon and bass/synth talents of John Shilkoski to round out her live sound. The trio recently completed an Eastern Seaboard tour this past October and are looking towards a Western tour in the spring of 2015.
"I really like her stuff. Her voice is unique, different and refreshing."
Tom Parker, The Wanted
"She is amazing!"
Jay McGuiness, The Wanted
"...Kiirstin [has a] beautiful voice... Enjoying the tunes..."
Johnny Minardi, A&R Fueled By Ramen
"She is really amazing. I like her sound alot. Great Tunes. Really good stuff."
Dave Briggs, The Cab
"Betty Page + Betty Boop + Marilyn Monroe = Kiirstin Marilyn"
"she definitely and defiantly took it to the next level. This is a transitional project that assures the public will have no choice but to indulge in her melodies and harmonic voice as it flows through this maze of emotional lyrics and heart gripping highs and lows…"
"...Kiirstin Marilyn can sure belt a tune."
"Kiirstin has an unearthly sound, in the most non-insulting way I can imagine. Her sound and style are about to change the course of music. It’s rhythmically expressive and experimental with musical structures that fuse the styles from way back when and present day sounds into gloomy, moody, atmospheric experiences. And after all of that, it somehow becomes enveloped in a package of contemporary hip beats that take her songwriting and lyrics to fascinating art altitudes. Let’s just say she is distinctive and addicting. Not that this matters by any means, but she also has the look. A lovely young woman with exceptional style who can sing? What else could you ask for? I thoroughly enjoy her music to its entirety. Every song is strikingly dissimilar from the last, and each feels like an experiment gone incredibly right. It’s refreshing to hear a genre-breaking artist, for she has a little bit of everything. Two of my favorite tracks are “Radioactive” and “For Peace.” However, do not let those two tracks distract you from all of her other great music. Music lovers of any and all genres do yourself a favor and check her out, for you will not regret it."
Maria Mar, Jersey Rock / The Aquarian Weekly / 95.9 The Wrat