Kris Kollins: an artist with a sonic blend of alt R&B, pop, and funk returns with the seductive ‘River’. Exploring physical intimacy, the lyrics dive deeper into a realm of a connection that goes beyond two bodies. ‘River’ highlights the relevance of connecting with the mind, as well as the body, for one fleeting night.
The retro-R&B melody pulls from Kollins’ first-hand experience during his discovery of human sexuality. Its soulful tone of strings and symphonies pays homage to those before him, pulling inspiration from Janet Jackson, Terry Lewis, and Quincy Jones (when he was working with Michael Jackson). Explore a world of sensuality and stream ‘River’ now.
So, who is Kris Kollins? In 2018, he reached the Top 30 Club Dance Charts with ‘Hydro Love’ to being signed with Global Publishing in the UK. Kris’s career includes working alongside big names such as H.E. R, Joelle James (songwriter of Boo’d Up), Loren Allred, and producer Ryan M. Tedder.
He’s been on tour with Marsha Ambrosius and has opened for the likes of Dwele. We’re eagerly awaiting Kris Kollins’ next move as he grows even stronger. Tell us a bit about your story: who are you and what has your journey looked like so far? I am Kris Kollins. The journey has been a road of self-discovery and evolution.
If you can describe your sound and vibe? I don't like boxes so my sound is eclectic and ever-changing. The only thing that connects it all together is that it comes from me. So I guess that is the glue. But, as for the root of it, there is a blend of alt r&b, pop, funk, psychedelic soul, and touches of progressive soul. It also can get pretty experimental at times. River lands more so in the retro/alternative R&B category. A glimpse into my mind.
Who inspires you musically and creatively? I pull from so many of the greats. It's hard to name them all because I listen to so much, but the core would have to be Alicia Keys, Frank Ocean, Sade, Prince, Queen, Lenny Kravitz, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Pharell, The Beatles, Quincy Jones, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
What was the creative process behind this single? River went through multiple facelifts. The first draft was this 80s rock power ballad....like hella 80s power ballad....which was cool for that space I was in at the time, but as I got older the song felt different to me and I wanted a more mature one sound for it. So I pulled from Quincy and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to create a moment from that same era that was more sensual.
What’s the best advice you’ve received during your journey? Develop your brand. Tell a compelling story. Shout out to Big Bob.
What’s your favourite song you’ve worked on so far? It's not out so I can't talk about it....yet.
How do you nurture your creativity? It's changed as of recent. Even after River was finished. I surround myself with people and things that are liberating. If my mind feels restrained, or if I feel like I'm in a box nothing will come out. I realised the more free I am in my everyday life the better the music gets. I've recently opened a door within myself...so I'm excited for what's to come.
What was the biggest challenge you faced during the development of this single? I wouldn't even consider it a challenge...I don't like to use that word in this context...It's more so a state of progress. I am always trying to tap into who I am more and more each day. So while making River I was trying to figure out the best way to represent the song with me being in my new state of mind.
What do you hope this single will reveal to your listeners? I just want people to enjoy it. It's only the tip of the iceberg, honestly.
If there’s one thing you can change in the industry, what would that be? More time and effort into artist development.
Are there any upcoming shows or projects we can look forward to? A lot more music is on the way.
Is there any advice you want to give to new artists? I'm still a new artist so I don't think I can give any good advice as someone who is still going through the process. All I can say is for myself....my journey is my journey. I focus on what makes me feel good. I want to be as liberated as possible. I want to be in a constant state of growth. Connect with Kris Kollins Images by jonhanksphoto