Songwriter Christine Kinslow returns to the Park City Kimball Arts Festival
Singer and songwriter Christine Kinslow loves Park City.
The Media, Pennsylvania, resident has spent many summers here with her family and has performed her music in various venues including Miners Park and the Park Silly Sunday Market, The Summit County Fair, and restaurants such as Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 350 Main, Zoom and SKY.
Last year, she had the chance to play at the Park City Kimball Arts Festival.
"At the last minute, there was a cancellation and I was asked to perform," Kinslow said during a phone interview with The Park Record. "They asked me back for this year."
Kinslow will play Miners Park on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 4:15 p.m. and she is thankful to Mountain Town Music, the nonprofit that schedule the festival’s live music.
"There is a great group of people at Mountain Town Music," Kinslow said. "They are all so wonderful."
Kinslow will bring copies of her album "Summer Changes Everything," which ironically was released last December.
"I know it was kind of a bad time to release an album about summer, but I wanted to release it then because I was heading to Park City for Christmas break and I was going to play Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on Christmas day," she said. "I wanted to have copies of the album to see then, because so many of these songs came to me while I was vacationing in Park City or just thinking about the fun times I had in Park City."
A few of the songs were also inspired by Utah in general, according to Kinslow.
"That was a huge muse for me in creating these songs," she said.
The seven songs on the album feature titles including "Silver and Blue," Don’t Cry Caroline," "Utah Sky," "Red Dirt Road," "Waterfall," "Promised Land" and "Horses."
Kinslow said the song "Waterfall" was one of the songs that wasn’t inspired by Utah.
"I wrote it after I heard a John Denver song," she said. "I remember playing a restaurant here in Media during a festival sponsored by WXPN, one of the area’s prominent radio stations, and a woman in the audience asked if I covered John Denver.
"At the moment, I didn’t, but I did decide that I needed to learn one of his songs," Kinslow said. "However, when I tried, it didn’t work for me and I didn’t feel comfortable playing one of his songs. So, I wrote ‘Waterfall,’ which was in my mind like a John Denver song, but people have told me that it’s not. But then again, everyone’s interpretation is different."
Kinslow took 15 originals into the studio and narrowed the list to the seven that are on "Summer Changes Everything."
She worked with producer and engineer Wayne G. Harvey, who also played bass and percussion on two of the tracks, and recruited other Philadelphia-based musicians including guitarist Mike Jacobs, dobro player Frank Luca and guitarists Bill Kinslow and Steven Lord.
"Steven played leads on ‘Waterfall’ and ‘Horses’ and added so much to these songs," Kinslow said. "I perform with him in Pennsylvania all the time and would love to do a duet show with him in Park City sometime."
While the album reflects Kinslow’s love for Park City, listeners can hear some of her musical influences in the songs.
"I listened to a lot of Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, the Carter Family, a little bit of Elizabeth Cotton and Townes Van Zandt," she said. "In addition to my originals, I play a some covers, and I was always drawn to old-time country music."
Kinslow has branched out into covering contemporary artists including Jewel and Colbie Caillat,
"When I first started playing guitar when I was a child, I just wanted to bring music to people for their own personal enjoyment," Kinslow said. "I began singing as an adult, but it has only been in the past 10 years that I have been writing original songs.
"It’s been a journey, and I’m not sure what my ultimate goal is," she said. "I’ve just been enjoying the ride."
The singer and songwriter is currently working on two new projects, an album similar to "Summer Changes Everything" and a children’s album of French songs.
"I teach French to kids who are prekindergarten to the seventh grade in the Philadelphia area and it’s a lot of fun and I love dong that," Kinslow said. "I started writing songs to go with the lessons and the kids seemed to enjoy that. Plus, the music has been helpful, especially for the little ones who haven’t started really reading, yet. It gives them something to grasp onto."
Kinslow said she probably won’t play any of those songs during the arts festival, but can sing other songs in French.
" We’ll just have to see what the tone is when I play Sunday," she said. "There are so many places to perform there and it’s such a wonderful community. I’ve enjoyed the love and support when I play. I have loved coming as a visitor to the Arts Festival in the summer and it’s been great being asked to play there these past two years."
Singer and songwriter Christine Kinslow will perform at Miners Park on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 4:15 p.m. during the Park City Kimball Arts Festival. The performance is free with arts-festival admission. For more information, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/christinekinslow.
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