Being distributed globally through The Orchard, all eight songs on Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies deal with love in its complexities: the deception from others as well as the lies we tell ourselves.
«Just A Lie» was originally about death and the loss felt by those left behind, but it morphed into the single it is today after Kristine experienced a painful divorce «I realise now how similar divorce is to a death», she explains. «The grieving is intense. It’s mourning the loss of the relationship, the breakup of the family, the betrayal, the time invested; so many things. I was with my husband for a long time and we worked through so many challenges, I initially assumed we’d find our way through his infidelity, but what starts as just a lie sometimes grows into a tornado of betrayal and sometimes it’s best to just let go and let God guide you to your next chapter in life».
The Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies album will be available February 2020; available for pre-order now.
«Learning there was a third person in our marriage turned out to be only the tip of the iceberg», Kristine W reflects. «There were layers of deceit including my ex leveraging our family home to purchase a house for his other family».
«My friends have been rocks for me during this hard time», she continues. «Also, my kids have been incredibly supportive and so strong. They serve as reminders that while the marriage may have given me the biggest heart break I would deal with in life, it also gave me my two greatest blessings in the world: my beautiful son and daughter».
«Just A Lie» was produced in Amsterdam by Bob Sandee / Subgroover aka Crossnaders and they manage to give the emotional track a very cool, progressive, funky electro house vibe. «I love the unique sound of the track», Kristine says. «The Bass line, in particular, is infectious».
Kristine W hails from Pasco, Washington. After winning titles as Miss Tri-Cities and Miss Washington and placing first in the talent competition at the Miss America pageant, she went on to pursue her educational and musical dreams in Las Vegas. There, she found success headlining her own show at the Las Vegas Hilton, winning several ‘Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year’ awards and being officially sanctioned as the entertainer who performed more live shows at the Las Vegas Hilton than any other performer in its history, including Elvis. The award led to June 28th being officially sanctioned Kristine W day in the state of Nevada.
She began recording pop and dance tracks in 1994. Her first track, «Feel What You Want» reached #1 and since then, Kristine W has had a steady flow of chart toppers. Her latest single, «Stars» became her 17th Billboard #1. She now ties Mariah Carey for the sixth-most No. 1s since the chart’s August 28, 1976, inception. Madonna leads the chart with 46.
It’s been five years since the release of Kristine W’s last full-length album, New & Number Ones. The 13-track album included re-edited versions of six of her classic songs as well as hit single «Everything That I Got», «So Close to Me», and «Love Come Home».
Divorce is not Kristine’s first life struggle. She is a leukaemia survivor, celebrating 15 years in remission this year. She is also a survivor of the music industry that melted as a result of the digital revolution; a battle she counts as her biggest feat in life. «Frankly, it has been a lot of work«, she concedes, «but I firmly believe in the power of music and it has certainly helped me through the toughest episodes of life».
The three episodes of Issues are intended to take listeners on a journey, with songs relating to the subject of each episode. Following Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies, Issues Episode 2: Struggles will deal with life’s battles including those associated with relationships, work, time management and self-esteem. Then, Issues Episode 3: Redemption will celebrate life’s small victories. All thirty tracks of Issues will be released as a double album in early 2021.
«Life is about love and loss with fabulous triumphs and heart wrenching experiences», Kristine W attests. «No one is getting through this journey unscathed. We need to be there for each other with a sympathetic ear always remembering what may appear as ‘Just a Lie’ is likely more significant and complicated for the person going through it».
Kristine W’s «Just A Lie» is available now on all digital retailers via Kristine’s own imprint, Fly Again Music Productions. The Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies album will be available February 2020; available for pre-order now. Fly Again Music is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalising the very best of dance, pop and jazz culture.