Detroit-based singer/songwriter Christina Chriss is making a break from her group Kaleido to chase stardom as a solo artist.

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Kaleido was named “Best Band in Detroit” by the Real Detroit Weekly in 2013, 2014 and 2015, winning two Detroit Music Awards. The group also broke the record for most wins on Detroit alternative station 89X/88.7FM. Their song “Love & War” (featuring Dydren Mitchell of Alien Art Farm) was also listed on the Top 89 Songs on 89X list.

Chriss recently dropped her new buzz single with renowned Detroit rapper Trick Trick titled “From The Way” and she also has a single coming out titled “Hell Yeah” featuring French Montana.

Advertisement What inspired you to become an artist?

Christina Chriss: My love for music and performing is what inspired me to start my career. I loved it more than anything and knew it was what I wanted to do with my life. Funny little story: my mom recently texted me a picture of a school paper of mine from second grade she saved that asked what I wanted to be when I grew up and my answer was “a singer.” I guess you could say I made up my mind early on. I spent a lot of time with my grandma when I was really young; she’s the one who got me started singing when I was five. I remember her telling me that I had a special voice and to never stop singing. She passed away that same year, but her message always stuck in my head. I began playing violin and guitar as a kid, and joined my first band right after high school. I grew up in and around Detroit, and came up loving Hip Hop, Rock and Pop. I formed my band Kaleido in 2012.

What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far and why?

The biggest highlight of my career so far has been working with Grammy Award-winning producer Detail on my new solo project. Detail brought a lot out of me as an artist and taught me a lot. I’m looking forward to putting the music out. It’s really my introduction to the world as a solo artist.

How has your life changed since you began your journey and what are you expecting next?

I’ve dedicated my entire life to my craft and have had some incredible experiences and met some amazing people because of it. Touring with my band Kaleido has allowed me to travel all over the country. I’m truly blessed to be able to say that I am making my dreams my reality. My life is the biggest inspiration for my music. What am I expecting next? Releasing more new music and continuing my journey. So far, I have only released the first single “From The Way” featuring Trick Trick. There’s a lot more music to drop and I’m really looking forward to introducing myself to the world.

What characteristics do you believe are important to have in order to be successful and why?

I believe some important characteristics for success are perseverance, tenacity, passion, authenticity, and dedication. Honing your craft. You also have to have thick skin and, most importantly, never give up. There are going to be ups and downs in anything you do. You just have to pushing through, keep your head up and keep moving forward. Positivity and good vibes are key. Having a good attitude is very important. Be open for constructive criticism, enjoy what you do, always strive to get better, have fun, and listen.

What advice can you offer to those pursuing a career in the industry?

Be yourself. Do you. Pursue and learn from the people you admire in the industry. Learn from your mistakes and never stop learning. Do not get discouraged by failure. Failure is an important part of your evolution and essential in making you better. Trust your instincts. Surround yourself with an inspiring and positive team. Stay humble and appreciate people.

How did you feel you contribute to the world and what message are you trying to perceive from your influence?

I aspire to be the best person I can be and I hope I inspire others along the way, most specifically young women.

Check out Christina Chriss’ current Detroit Hip Hop playlist:

+ “Detroit vs Everybody” – Enimem, Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf, Trick Trick

+ “Tabernacle” – Royce Da 5’9″

+ “Dutchies & Diesel” – Sheefy McFly

+ “Bothic” – Zelooperz

+ “Sound The Alarm” – Black Milk ft. Guilt Simpson

+ “Another Crackbaby” – Ty Farris

+ “Hot Soup” – Danny Brown

+ “Lead Poison” – Elzhi

+ “Gurls With Da Boom” – Proof

+ “Dark Sky Paradise” – Big Sean

+ “Outlaw” – Trick Trick