We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristina Sarro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristina, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
From the time I was a toddler, I loved music. It was always something I couldn’t help but do– sing, write, dance, whatever. But for some reason, I always looked at it as a hobby until around the end of high school. My career path before I decided to pursue music was LEGIT to go into the CIA, That always fascinated me. But I ended up going to this music industry camp my junior year in high school and was like “nope, I want to do music for the rest of my life.” Just being surrounded by people who shared the same passion as me and collaborating with them and realizing being an artist/ writer was a path, I was sold.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a singer/songwriter born and raised in San Antonio, TX. I started playing guitar at the age of 11 and developed my voice as a singer and songwriter shortly after. I looked at songwriting the way many girls my age looked at a diary– a way to express how I was feeling, tell stories, etc. It helped me thru one of the hardest parts in my life, after my mom passed away. Music is my baby and my best friend. At 16, I was named “rising singer to watch” by Affinity Magazine and semi-finalist for the International Songwriting Competition. I’m now in my last semester at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee as a Music Business major.
In 2019 and as a freshman at Belmont, I performed at the Best of the Best Showcase and since have been named ASCAP Songwriter Showcase winner, BMI Foundation’s Nashville Songwriter Scholarship recipient, Grammy U Songwriter Showcase finalist two years in a row, Grammy U Songwriter Showcase Winner, and winner of Belmont/Sony ATV’s All Access songwriting competition. I’ve definitely hit the ground running and working as soon as I got to Nashville and I’m continuing to do my best to make this dream of mine HAPPEN.
I definitely think my relatable lyrics and catchy melodies set me apart. It’s really important to me to tell me own story. I love getting specific and quirky in my lyrics, and I actually think that makes the song more relatable in a way. I love flows in the second verses and I love telling as much of a story in 3 minutes as I can. At the end of the day, I just want people to relate to my music and find a piece of themselves in it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
GOSH I am quite literally the worst at planning, because I’m very much a ‘day-of’ ‘go-with-the-flow’ kind of person. Also, I’m Texas and Tennessee based, so it’s almost like I need a friend to show ME LA, but I will say from the times I visited, I think a visit to Laguna Beach is a MUST. It never fails to amaze me, especially at sunset. A sunset picnic on the beach with some pizza and wine. *chefs kiss*
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would definitely have to shoutout my parents for always encouraging me and supporting my dreams. They invested in me and my passions whatever it was– songwriting, sports, acting classes (even though I suck), the whole shebang. I was lucky enough to always be supported in that sense. My mom is no longer with me, but just working to achieve my dreams and be happy is something she would want.
Other: TikTok: @kristinasarromusic