Canadian-born, rising star Kristina Maria has had one marathon of a year
Between touring, releasing an album and travelling all over the world, Kristina has been working without a break. “We have never stopped writing,” says Kristina, “We’re writing a bunch of new songs and finally we have a single coming out in the next few weeks.”
This is also a big year for Kristina as she is a Juno nominee for Pop Album of the Year. Her album Tell the World is nominated with big name artists such as Nelly Furtado, Justin Bieber, Victoria Duffield and Carly Rae Jepsen.
In terms of who will walk away with the award, Kristina has kept her expectations realistic telling Faze, “There is some very tough competition and I’m just happy to be in the category.”
But that hasn’t put a damper on her excitement. “I don’t think anybody understands how much [this nomination] means to me and my team for being acknowledged,” she says. “Because we put so much hard work into the album. It’s our baby. So it’s really cool that we even got nominated.”
The Junos won’t be the first time that Kristina has run into big stars. During a trip to France, she had the opportunity to work with French star Corneille, the “Usher of the French people” according to Kristina. She’s looked up to him from a young age, so it was an amazing opportunity for her.
On the Canadian scene, Kristina says most artists take the time to support each other, sometimes without actually having met them personally. “I support a lot of artists,” she says. “And I do get a lot of tweets and Facebook messages from other artists that are super-supportive.”
Look out for Kristina at the Juno Awards as well as new music from her soon-to-be released album.
You can check out more of Kristina Maria and her music here.