After a childhood focused on theater and dance-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 in 2005 by joining Hoboken-based progressive rock band Ground To Machine. In 2007, with Kiirstin as their lead, GTM won the Break Contest, earned a place on the Bamboozle stage, and even played the Saints & Sinners festival headlined by Glassjaw.
Inspired by 2007's success and looking to grow as an artist, Kiirstin left Ground To Machine and formed her band, 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 Band 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 Denevee (From Autumn To Ashes) and Todd Weinstock (Glassjaw) for her solo project, an intensely personal venture that nonetheless defies 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 has crafted a sound as eclectic and remarkable as the woman herself-deeply grounded in musical history yet endlessly inventive, Kiirstin Marilyn promises to be like nothing you've ever heard before and won't ever forget.
Kiirstin currently resides in New York City, where she debuted her solo EP at The Bitter End in March. Keep up with news, shows, and music at KiirstinMarilyn.com or facebook.com/KiirstinMarilyn.
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